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.
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
Advocates: We need you to ACT NOW! 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 pic.twitter.com/JsbFl9y29L
— CHS of FL (@HelpFLKids) November 15, 2019
Click ‘Read More’ to find your congressional member’s social media handle.
|Member of Congress|
|Bilirakis, Gus M.||@RepGusBilirakis||https://www.facebook.com/GusBilirakis|
|Hastings, Alcee L.||@RepHastingsFL||https://www.facebook.com/Congressman-Alcee-L-Hastings-95696782238|
|Shalala, Donna E.||@RepShalala||https://www.facebook.com/RepShalala/|
|Steube, W. Gregory||@RepGregSteube||https://www.facebook.com/RepGregSteube/|
|Wasserman Schultz, Debbie||@RepDWStweets||https://www.facebook.com/RepDWS|
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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.