Expanding Mental Health Services: Advocacy in Action
with Myrna Mandlawitz, ADTA's legislative consultant in Washington, DC
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 2 PM EST
Registration closes May 11, 2015
Free on a first come, first serve basis, for members only:
100 person cap
Description: Dance/movement therapists are natural advocates on behalf of their clients. But what about advocacy to expand understanding of the profession and ensure DMT services are more widely available? Myrna Mandlawitz, ADTA's legislative consultant in Washington, DC, will help you translate the advocacy skills you use daily to reach policymakers to effect broader changes in delivery of mental health services.
Participants will be able to:
Explain the importance of advocacy, both on behalf of clients and on the profession of dance/movement therapy.
- Determine how to initiate relationships with key local, state, and national policymakers.
- Discuss current federal legislative efforts to expand mental health services.
Myrna Mandlawitz has worked for over 20 years as a consultant/lobbyist on special and general education law and policy. Prior to founding MRM Associates, LLC, a government relations firm representing a number of small non-profit associations, Ms. Mandlawitz served as Director of Government Relations for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. She is a former president of the Committee for Education Funding, a coalition of 116 national
organizations supporting increased federal investment in education. In addition, she served for 12 years as co-chair of the National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel. Among her publications are Education Matters: Investing in America's Future (Managing Editor, Committee for Education Funding, 2015), Special Education Law (Co-author, Pearson, 2008), the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders-3rd Edition (Contributing Author, Wiley, 2005), and What Every Teacher Should Know about IDEA 2004 Laws and Regulations (Pearson, 2007). She spent 14 years as an elementary teacher and helped develop Virginia's program for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Ms. Mandlawitz holds a master's degree in early childhood education from Boston University and a law degree from Temple
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