Call to action: Mental Health & STEM

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Earlier this week, we made strides toward setting reasonable standards relating to mental health counseling & toward providing opportunities for students and professionals across the state. HB 920, our mental health bill, was referred to the House Health & Mental Health committee, chaired and co-chaired by major proponents of the bill. HB 1135 and SB 471, were referred to the House Workforce Development committee and the Senate Ways and Means committee, respectively.

Why is this important? Because now, we need students to get involved. Specifically, we need you. The next step of the legislative process is scheduling a public hearing, in which proponents & opponents of legislation get to sit in front of lawmakers and make their case. It’s time for us to make ours, and we need all the support we can get. ASUM has created a myriad of resources to allow you to engage with the political process:

  1. First, check out this Google Doc, so that you can sign up and join us in Jefferson City when it’s time to testify. This doc also has other nifty ways of getting involved, such as call scripts.
  2. Second, sign up for ASUM’s Annual Advocacy Day, which is free and open to all UM System students. It’s in about a month, and will be a great time. We hope to see you there.

Please engage. You’ll be happy you did.

Steven Chaffin, Executive Director

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