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  • 1. Legislative Advocacy Interactive ModuleTarget Length: 30 minutesParticipants: Psychiatry Residents and FellowsFacilitators: AACAP staff, attendings (e.g. senior AACAP members)Scenario:“You have been very concerned about the shortage of mental health providersavailable for your patients and community, and feel strongly that loan repaymentprograms would be an ideal method to attract these providers to underserved areas.You have made just made an appointment with your Legislator’s health affairs aide.Utilizing the information provided, craft a 2-3 minute informal presentation to thelegislative aide. Assume that the aide has limited knowledge of mental healthservices, systems, and financing . If there are multiple members in your group, youmay choose to prepare together and have a single presenter or share the presentingduties (team presentations will likely give everyone more opportunity to learn andparticipate).”Remember to:Introduce yourself, position, organization (offer a card)Identify yourself as a constituentCompliment if you can (“Thank you for agreeing to meet with us, for supporting X,for voting for XYZ Act, etc.”)Clearly state the issue about which you are concernedPresent evidence, leave a handout.Make it personal. How will this issue affect their constituents back home?Don’t argue!Mention other supporters or coalition-partners.Don’t leave without officially ASKING for something – support for a bill beingconsidered, co-sponsorship of a new bill, a “Dear Colleague,” letter.Follow-up!Directions:Have audience split up into groups of 2-3 members. The groups will be given 5-10minutes to practice their presentation.Each group will then present to a facilitator (attendings/senior fellows/presenters/AACAP staff). Facilitator should play the role of an interested, somewhatuninformed, generally non-committal staffer. Questions can and should be asked,but not in an antagonistic way. Facilitators should assess for key components listedabove, as well as body language, presentation style. They should then give brieffeedback after the presentation.The last ~5 minutes at the end of the session should be used to solicit residents’experience, evaluate challenges and/or surprises.

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