Each year, the OPPA sponsors a legislative Advocacy Day for its members (and non-members who have an interest) at the Statehouse in Columbus. This is an excellent opportunity for psychiatrists to develop and/or strengthen a relationship with their state Representative and Senator.
As we have seen with several issues over the past few years, effective lobbying can and does result in effective advocacy! Effective advocacy consists of contacting your elected officials, communicating a knowledgeable (as well as educational) message and asking for their support and desired vote on a particular bill!
As with any skill, practice and ongoing training and education enhances effectiveness! A typical advocacy day schedule might include (agenda and times are approximate and are subject to change):
- Witness a Committee Hearing in Session at the Statehouse (9 - 10 a.m.)
- OPPA Issues and Talking Points (10 - 11 a.m.)
- Perspective of Ohio Legislators (11 a.m. - Noon)
- Lunch (provided by the OPPA)
- Update on key OPPA Legislative Priorities (Noon - 1 p.m.)
- Meeting with Legislators (1 - 5 p.m. typically one-on-one or in small groups, members will have prearranged appointments lasting from 15 min. to 30 min. with legislators; there may also be opportunities to attend committee hearings and/or House and Senate full session)
There is no cost to attend; however, advance registration is required so that we can schedule meetings with individual legislators!