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FCA Day at the Capital

 

February 21, 2018

The FCA Day at the Capital in Tallahassee is now scheduled for February 21, 2018.  Join fellow FCA members, counselors, students and partners in taking our message to our representatives.  We will meet on the stairs of the Capital Building at 9:00 a.m. in Tallahassee for a photo than attend tours of the capital, Senate and House.  Following our tours you will meet with your House Representative and Senator.  To secure these meetings you will contact them directly by utilizing the link below. 

https://www.counseling.org/government-affairs/actioncenter

These meeting(s) should be scheduled at the Tallahassee office with your Senate or House Representative’s office after our morning tours, ideally before 3 p.m.  However, if you are able to schedule your meeting time sooner, please do so.

Below you will find the schedule for our Day at the Capital.

 

Day at the Capital Schedule

8:45 a.m. Arrive at Tallahassee

9:00 a.m. Photo on Capital Stairs

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am Capital, Senate, House Tours

10:00 to Noon * Individual or Group Meetings with Florida Senators or Representatives -Meet with Senator and House Representative

9:00 am to 12:00 pm *House Committee Sessions

Health & Human Service Committee – Mental Health/Marriage, Couples and Family • Morris Hall 17 HOB

 Education Committee – School Counseling/Mental Health/Marriage, Couples and Family • Reed Hall 102 HOB

 Judiciary Committee – MH/MCFC/School Counseling • Sumner Hall 404 HOB

10:00 to 12 noon Senate Session (SC/MH/MCF) Senate Floor

Noon to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch in the Capital Building (on your own)

1:30 p.m. until completion•House Session (SC/MH/MCF) ▪ House Chamber

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m * Senate Appropriation Sub Committee Sessions . ▪ Criminal & Civil Justice (SC/MH/MCF) • 37 SB ▪ Edu. Pre-K-12 (SC/MH/MCF) • 412 KB

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m *Individual or Group Meetings with Florida State Congress . ▪ Meet with Senator and House Representative

3:30 p.m. Depart Tallahassee

We will meet at 1215 Norman Hall, Gainesville, Florida 32611 between Norman Hall and Garage 8 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. on February 21, 2018. We will have vans that will be departing the University of Florida at 6:25 a.m. Students that wish to join Dr. Shon D. Smith’s Multicultural Counseling course should do so by contacting Dr. Smith by the close of business Monday, February 19, 2018.

Below and attached you will find resources on how to talk to your legislature and stay tuned for additional trainings and resources and talking points.

If you have further questions or concerns or know of others that wish to attend, contact Dr. Shon D. Smith, shonsmith@coe.ufl.edu

 

HB 937; SB 138

 

PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH

 

BILL DISCRIPTION by Book; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Hutson; Perry

 

Perinatal Mental Health is requiring the Department of Health (DOH) to create Public Service announcements to educate the public on perinatal mental health care; requiring the DOH to encourage certain health care providers to attend continuing medical education courses on perinatal mental health; establishing toll-free hotline; requiring birth centers to provide a postpartum evaluation and follow-up care; and revising components that are included in the postpartum evaluation to include a mental health screening.

If passed, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018

 

 

TALKING POINTS

 

·       Establish and maintain a toll-free hotline accessible to the general public and a toll-free hotline accessible to health care providers

·       Requiring the department of health to create public service announcements to educate the public on perinatal mental health care

·       Requiring the department of health (DOH) to encourage certain health care providers to attend continuing medical education courses on perinatal mental health care

·       Revising components that are included in the postpartum evaluation and follow-up care provided by birth centers to include a mental health screening and the provision of certain information on postpartum depression

·       Requiring hospitals that provide birthing services to provide the same postpartum evaluation and follow-up care that is required to be provided by birth centers

·       Florida is currently losing approximately $900 million annually because of the failure to recognize and treat perinatal mental illnesses

 

WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL

 

1 in 5 mothers will experience perinatal mental health difficulties, and as future marriage and family counselors we are advocating for those who need more access to medical and mental help in times of need. The stigma surrounding women and their need for mental health care needs to be broken. The nearly 44,000 children born every year to parents (mothers and/or fathers) who experience perinatal mental health problem are affected during some of the their most critical periods for social and emotional connection.

 

HB 323 & SB 88

 

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: FINANCIAL LITERACY

 

BILL DISCRIPTION:  SB Sponsor: Hukill HB Sponsor: PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee, Fitzenhagen and Ahern

 

High School Graduation Requirements; Revising the requirements for the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards to include financial literacy; revising the required credits for a standard high school diploma to include one-half credit of instruction in personal financial literacy and money management and seven and one-half, rather than eight, credits in electives, etc.  Revises high school graduation requirements to include ½ a credit of instruction in personal finance and money management and 7 ½ credits of electives. 

If passed, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018

 

TALKING POINTS

·       Many American high school students graduate without basic financial knowledge

·       A financial literacy course would be beneficial to students post high school

·       Free financial literacy curriculum is available

·       Rhetoric is not meeting action: while policy makers and the public regularly call for us to do better as a nation, those calls are not translating into real legislative change

·       School counselors can be responsible for teaching this course or helping to develop and implement it

 

 THE NEED FOR FIANICAL LITERACY

 

·       1/6 U.S. students do not reach baseline level of proficiency in financial literature

·       75% of college students with credit cards are unaware of late payment charges

·       43% of millennials use costly non-bank borrowing methods

·       4/10 millennials are overwhelmed with debt

·       1/4 adults do not pay their bills on time

 

WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL

 

Educating students in effective management of financial resources will contribute to their lifetime financial well-being as well as a more stable state and national economy

 

BILLS:

 

HB 937/SB138: Perinatal Mental Health - https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00138

HB 323/SB 88: High School Graduation Requirements - https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00088

HB 335/SB 140 Marriage of Minors - https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00140

HB 717/SB 696 Conversion Therapy - https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00696

SB 634: Trauma-informed services for Children - https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00634

 

Below and attached you will find resources on how to talk to your legislature and stay tuned for additional trainings and resources and talking points. Click Here

Questions? Email fcaoffice@flacounseling.org

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2018 Day on the Hill

HOW FCA HELPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical students in the Counselor Education graduate program and Associate Professor, Dr. Michelle Mitcham, advocated for school counseling and mental health counseling by standing with students from various schools including UF and citizens. This was organized by the Florida Counseling Association, which demonstrates advocacy annually for FCA Day at the Capitol.
#advocacy #NeverAgain #HearTheBills #FAMUcounselorEducation

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2017 Day on the Hill

Last year on the FCA Day on the Hill, Florida counselors advocated for House Bill 7069.

It was passed during the 2017 Legislative Session, signed into law by Governor Rick Scott and took effect on July 1, 2017. This important bill allows for students who need treatment for autism spectrum disorder not to be penalized for missing school in order to get the help they need!

Thank you to all counselors who advocated for this bill as this makes a real difference in the lives of our students and families in our community!

 

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