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FEDERAL ADVOCACY ALERT – ACTION NEEDED NOW

Your advocacy on this important issue is working!!

On November 6, 2019, the U.S. House and Senate introduced the “Families First Transition Act.” 

The identical bills are S. 2777 and H.R. 4980.  

This is a bi-partisan and bi-cameral effort!

Florida advocates including our CHS President and CEO, Andry Sweet worked directly with U.S. Senate Finance and House Ways and Means, majority and minority leadership and staff to shape this legislation to ensure Florida and other states can continue to serve children and families with seamless support and safety.

The act includes funding mechanisms that are retroactive to October 1, 2019 that provides transitional funding from our Title IVE Waiver for the next two-years as we prepare for the implementation of Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) as well as relief of evidence-based requirements (see attached for more information).

Please contact your congressional member to ASK for support of S. 2777/H.R. 4980 passage in the 2019 calendar year end budget!!  We already have Rep. Buchanan and Rep. Murphy who have signed on as Co-Sponsors.

The link below will make it very easy to get your advocacy message to your US House Member and both US Senators.  All you have to do is click on the link below, personalize if you choose and type in your personal address and the message will be sent.   

CLICK FOR FCC VOTER VOICE CONGRESSIONAL MEMBER SUPPORT CAMPAIGN

Social media examples:

Tag your US House member and ask them to sign on as a sponsor to S. 2777 or H.R. 4980 – Families First Transitions Act! #HelpFLKids #CHSAdvocacy

Example:  Florida’s kids need your support @conbillposey please co-sponsor H.R 4980 – Families First Transitions Act! #HelpFLKids #CHSAdvocacy

Example:  Florida’s kids need your support @marcorubio please co-sponsor S. 2777 – Families First Transitions Act! #HelpFLKids #CHSAdvocacy

Social Advocates:
Stay connected

Click ‘Read More’ to find your congressional member’s social media handle.

Member of CongressTwitterFacebook
Bilirakis, Gus M.@RepGusBilirakishttps://www.facebook.com/GusBilirakis
Buchanan, Vern@VernBuchananhttps://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBuchanan
Castor, Kathy@USRepKCastorhttps://www.facebook.com/USRepKathyCastor
Crist, Charlie@CharlieCristhttps://www.facebook.com/CharlieCrist
Demings, Val@Val_Demingshttps://www.facebook.com/Val.Demings
Deutch, Ted@RepTedDeutchhttps://www.facebook.com/CongressmanTedDeutch
Diaz-Balart, Mario@MarioDBhttps://www.facebook.com/mdiazbalart
Dunn, Neal@DrNealDunnhttps://www.facebook.com/NealDunnForCongress
Frankel, Lois@RepLoisFrankelhttps://www.facebook.com/RepLoisFrankel
Gaetz, Matt@MattGaetzhttps://www.facebook.com/RepresentativeMattGaetz
Hastings, Alcee L.@RepHastingsFLhttps://www.facebook.com/Congressman-Alcee-L-Hastings-95696782238
Lawson, Al@AlLawsonJrhttps://www.facebook.com/AlLawsonJr
Mast, Brian@BrianMastFLhttps://www.facebook.com/BrianMastFL
Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie@RepDMPhttps://www.facebook.com/RepDMP
Murphy, Stephanie@SMurphyCongresshttps://www.facebook.com/SMurphyCongress
Posey, Bill@congbillposeyhttps://www.facebook.com/bill.posey15
Rubio, Marco@marcorubiohttps://www.facebook.com/MarcoRubio
Rutherford, John@JRutherfordFLhttps://www.facebook.com/JohnRutherfordFL
Scott, Rick@ScottforFloridahttps://www.facebook.com/RickScottSenOffice/
Shalala, Donna E.@RepShalalahttps://www.facebook.com/RepShalala/
Soto, Darren@USRepDarrenSot
Steube, W. Gregory@RepGregSteubehttps://www.facebook.com/RepGregSteube/
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie@RepDWStweetshttps://www.facebook.com/RepDWS
Wilson, Frederica@RepWilsonhttps://www.facebook.com/RepWilson
Yoho, Ted@RepTedYohohttps://www.facebook.com/CongressmanTedYoho

Additional Resources

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2020 Legislative Agenda

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Thank you 2019 CHS advocates for empowering children and families to build bridges to success.

2019 Legislative Success

Read the2019 Legislative Impact Report for full details.

Opening doors for future leaders: Senate Page Program

Annually, nearly a dozen youth receive CHS sponsorships to participate in the highly coveted Senate Page program in the Florida Legislature. Thanks to committed senators, teens in CHS programs, including our Community Partnership Schools, can experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a firsthand look into the legislative process.

Teens work alongside lawmakers and have the chance to share their personal testimonies, providing legislators with unique perspectives about how decisions at the Capitol impact lives.

Since 2009, more than 75 CHS youth have experienced the Senate Page program.

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