Webinar: 2021 Advocacy Update: Moving on from COVID

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  • Date Recorded: July 27, 2021
  • Presenters: Andrew Kessler
  • CE: eligible for 1 CE
  • Length: almost 55 minutes
  • Price: free (CE access is $25, and free to BHAP members)

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As the COVID emergency eases, behavioral health advocates in Washington are left with two major policy questions: will we ever see a return to “normal” advocacy, and what does it mean for behavioral health?

The COVID emergency was a boon for funding, but now we need to return to advancing our policy priorities, which are needed more than ever in the wake of the pandemic. Demand for the services provided by our professionals is at an all-time high, and we must continue to advocate for policies that will enable us to build a workforce and provide the services that are in such great demand.

In this webinar, BHAP’s advocate Andrew Kessler updates you on the latest information coming out of Washington, DC, that affects the behavioral health and addiction treatment industry.

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This webinar will provide 1 CEU.

CEs will only be available free to those who attend the live webinar. Attendance will be monitored.

In order to complete the CE requirements, attendees must complete the test. You have only two attempts. More information on BHAP’s CEs can be found here.


Andrew Kessler

Andrew Kessler

Andrew Kessler, JD, is founder and principal of Slingshot Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health policy. His clients, past and present, include the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals (CCAPP), and Faces and Voices of Recovery.

With 20 years of policy experience and over a decade in behavioral health, Kessler is a fixture in circles that advocate for substance abuse treatment, prevention, and research. He collaborates frequently with congressional offices, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and other federal actors.

Kessler has written legislation and report language adopted by both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and has presented orally before such bodies as the Scientific Management Review Board, the National Conference on Addictive Disorders, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.


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Webinar: 2021 Advocacy Update: Moving on from COVID (CE access)
This one-hour CE webinar will give participants an update as to advocacy efforts affecting the behavioral health industry. As the COVID emergency eases, we deal with how to advance our policy priorities.
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Webinar: 2021 Advocacy Update: Moving on from COVID

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You can download a PDF of the slides here. A reminder that the video and slides are property of BHAP / the presenter and not to be shared.

Andrew mentioned the advocacy webinar he did for us in February 2021, Advocacy in 2021: Something Old, Something New. This webinar is free to view, although you do have to pay $25 for CEs (unless you are a BHAP member).

We brought up that BHAP offers a way for you to Find Your Representative. This is the best way to research when doing advocacy.

Finally, a reminder that BHAP offers up regular Advocacy Alerts. You can sign up to receive them via email. BHAP members get a special monthly update from Andrew Kessler.


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