Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Call TODAY for More Child Psychiatrists"

We suggest you call your Senator to do THE OPPOSITE as the request below.  With the Million$ going into these doping frauds, we think DEFUNDING the entire nightmare would be a good idea.

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ACTION ALERT: Important Senate Committee Vote Today  
Ask Your Senator to Support Funding for the Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Pediatric Specialty Loan Repayment Program
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Dear Leonard,

One of your Senators is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (see list below). This committee will vote on the budget today for the Department of Health and Human Services, including $5 million for HRSA’s Pediatric Specialty Loan Repayment Program.

Background: President Obama’s 2013 budget allocated $5 million to HRSA to fund a pediatric specialty loan repayment program.  This new program would provide loan repayment to child and adolescent psychiatrists of up to $35,000 per year, for up to two years, for those who work in a medically underserved area.

Call your Senator’s office TODAY and ask them to support the $5 million appropriation for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Pediatric Loan Repayment Program.

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Please forward this email to your friends in support of this important legislation.
State Senator Phone Number
Alabama Richard Selby 202-224-5744
Arkansas Mark Pryor 202-224-2353
Hawaii Daniel Inouye 202-224-3934
Illinois Richard Durbin 202-224-2151
Illinois Mark Kirk 202-224-2854
Iowa Tom Harkin 202-224-3254
Kansas Jerry Moran 202-224-6521
Louisiana Mary Landrieu 202-224-5824
Maryland Barbara Mikulski 202-224-4654
Ohio Sherrod Brown 202-224-2315
Rhode Island Jack Reed 202-224-4642
South Carolina Lindsey Graham 202-224-5972
Tennessee Lamar Alexander 202-224-4944
Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison 202-224-5922
Washington Patty Murray 202-224-2621
Wisconsin Herb Kohl 202-224-5653
Wisconsin Ron Johnson 202-224-5323
Talking Points:
  • There is a severe shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists.  As more and more children are diagnosed with serious physical and mental health conditions, the number of subspecialists available to treat them is diminishing.  The nation’s current supply of pediatric specialists is inadequate to meet the needs of America’s children.

  • Throughout the country, children and families often face long wait times to obtain an appointment with a child and adolescent psychiatrist.  Wait times of up to six months are not uncommon for child mental health professionals. For a child with severe mental illness, such as depression, not receiving timely treatment can be life threating.

  • To address the critical shortage of pediatric mental health and pediatric subspecialists, Congress authorized funds for a pediatric subspecialty loan repayment program through the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). During today’s Labor, Health and Human Services subcommittee markup, please support a $5 million appropriation to fund HRSA’s Pediatric Specialty Loan Repayment Program. 
Thank you for your advocacy efforts. If we raise our voices together, we can truly make a difference in the lives of children with mood disorders. 
Best Regards,

Susan Resko
Executive Director

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