RESIDENTS OF THE WASHINGTON D.C. AREA
The public is invited to a rally for mental health parity legislation that will be held at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 17, on the Cannon House Office Building Terrace. That is at the corner of Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue, Southeast. The closest Metro stop is Capitol South on the Blue/Orange Line. Please see previous Bazelon Center alerts regarding mental health parity.
What You Can Do:
If you can't attend this rally, please forward this invitation to colleagues in the
Washington, D.C. area who can attend.
Speakers will include the sponsors of the mental health and addiction parity legislation, Representatives Patrick Kennedy and Jim Ramstad, as well as David Wellstone of Wellstone Action. Invited but not yet confirmed are Senators Pete Domenici and Christopher Dodd and the chairmen of the House committees that have been negotiating the House-Senate agreement. Speakers are making themselves available to the press after their remarks. The event is expected to conclude by 10:30 AM.
After the rally constituents should take the opportunity to drop by the offices of their members, to further press the message that Congress should not adjourn without passing the bipartisan and bicameral agreement on parity legislation.
Thanks to the many thousands of parity advocates who called their senators and representative yesterday!
Last evening we delivered to the Congressional Leadership our letter asking for passage of the parity agreement before the Congress adjourns this month. We're very pleased that 250 organizations nationally joined together as cosigners. Thank you to all who helped! To view the letter, watch our web site, where it'll soon be posted.