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ADTA #GivingTuesday November 29, 2016

ADTA is participating in #GivingTuesday this year! Show your support in promoting awareness about donating to the Marian Chace fund by joining the ADTA’s thunderclap!

Click this link and sign up!

This year the money raised on Giving Tuesday will be distributed as grants to ADTA members who will then provide services to our nations Veterans & Military Personal. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply for one of the grants!

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CALL TO ACTION!!! WED. NOV. 16, 2016

ACTION ALERT

Contact your members of Congress on WED., November 16

Background: ADTA is joining with other members of the Mental Health Liaison Group, a coalition of national organizations interested in ensuring all Americans have access to quality mental health services, to push for passage of mental health reform legislation.

Each day next week (Nov. 14 – 18), different organizations will be phoning and emailing their members of Congress to get a bill passed before this Congress ends on December 16. ADTA will be participating on Wednesday, November 16, to weigh in on the importance of getting these bills passed, particularly the importance of having a diverse mental health workforce available to appropriately address needs. We will be joined by a number of national organizations, including the American Psychological Association, National League of Nursing, and the National Association of Social Workers.

How to Participate:

1) Find your members of Congress (not the ones just elected, but the current members)….your Representative and your two Senators. You can find out who these folks are by going to https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members and putting in your address or state.

 2) Go to your Representative’s and Senators’ websites (you’ll be linked to those when you search in #1 above) and send an email with the following message:

“Dear Senator (Representative) __________:

My name is ____________, and I am a dance/movement therapist and your constituent from (town/city).

I am writing today to urge you to support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation this year.

Mental illness is widely prevalent in the United States. Over 68 million Americans have experienced mental illness in the past year which is more than 20 percent of the total population of the United States. Lifetime rates are much higher with some estimates approaching 50 percent. More striking, in 2014, nearly 43,000 Americans died by suicide. Many individuals with mental illness or substance use conditions are unable to access or receive the appropriate services and supports for these illnesses, and they remain constantly challenged by mental health service delivery systems that are largely fragmented and uncoordinated across the country.

Dance/movement therapists are at the forefront of providing mental health services to populations ranging from adults with Alzheimer’s Disease, veterans and active duty military, and children and young adults with mental health challenges. This legislation is critical to ensuring all Americans have access to qualified mental health providers, including creative arts therapists, who are ready to meet each individual’s specific mental health needs.

Bipartisan mental health reform legislation has been introduced in both chambers. In July, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, by a resounding tally of 422 to 2. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee voted unanimously to advance S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, in April. Notably, these bipartisan bills strengthen federal coordination of mental health resources, increase reporting on mental health parity, advance integrated service delivery, support the mental health workforce, and increase early access to mental health services.

The need for reform is urgent, and you have the opportunity to act now to improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans, their families, and our communities. Please support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation this year.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address)”

OR, 3) If you prefer, you can CALL your members’ offices. Those numbers are on their websites, or dial 202-224-3121 to be connected to their offices through the Capitol switchboard. Once your are connected to the office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles mental health issues. You may end up just talking to the receptionist (see note below).

Your message:

“I am __________, a dance/movement therapist and your constituent from (town/city). I’m calling today to urge Senator/Representative ___________ to support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation before the end of the year. This legislation is critical to ensuring all Americans have access to qualified mental health providers, including creative arts therapists, who are ready to meet each individual’s specific mental health needs.

Bipartisan mental health reform legislation has already passed the House and is advancing through the Senate. [NOTE: If that ask the name or number of these bills: H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (House bill); and S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (Senate bill)].

The need for reform is urgent! You have the opportunity to act now to improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans, their families, and our communities. I urge Representative/Senator ___________ to support passage of this important legislation this year. Thank you.”

NOTE: If you only get to talk to the receptionist, just make sure you ask they support passage of mental health reform legislation this year!

Thanks for advocating for dance/movement therapy and mental health services for all!

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ADTA CONFERENCE 2016

Celebrating 50 years of the American Dance Therapy Association (1966-2016)!

Regular Registration Conference Rates end September 8th! Register now!

Register Here!

Come be part of the ADTA’s 50th anniversary celebration at this year’s annual conference in Bethesda, MD from October 20 – 23, 2016.  Join us as we bring the power of dance/movement therapy to the Washington DC area.  Highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • Keynote speakers Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Sue Carter in conversation with top dance/movement therapists
  • A site-specific dance on the National Mall choreographed by Marylee Hardenbergh
  • A day of advocacy on the Hill
  • Special Days of Service at St. Elizabeths Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Marian Chace Foundation of ADTA Lecture with Dr. Sharon W. Goodill
  • International panel
  • Research poster session
  • Historical panels recounting our unique history
  • A special day of programming for other allied mental health professionals
  • The best Saturday-night dance party in the universe

Dance/movement therapy and other mental health continuing education available.

Be ready, dance/movement therapists; we are heading to Capitol Hill!

51st Annual Conference brochure

The Conference Theme

This years’ conference theme, ReGeneration: Moving Pathways to Integration, is meant to be contemplated on multiple levels.  To begin, consider the following definitions from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

Regenerate:

  1. To be formed or created again
  2. To be spiritually reborn
  3. To be restored to a better, higher or more worthy state

Integrate:

  1. To combine two or more things to form or create something
  2. To make something a part of another larger thing
  3. To make a person or group part of a larger group or organization.

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