Listed below are some basic tools to help you in the process:
Know Your Legislators
If you need assistance contacting your state representative or senator, please click on the County Board Directory or on the Ohio General Assembly.Build a Relationship with Your Legislator
Elected officials view their constituents as a resource and they want to hear from you. Building relationships with your legislators is a critical step to advocating for behavioral health. Click here for tips on building and maintaining a positive relationship with your legislators.
Writing to Your Legislators
Whether you use e-mail, faxes or postal mail, click here for tips to help you make the most of your communications.Understand the Legislative Process
Having a basic understanding of the legislative process will help you become a more effective advocate. Please click The Legislative Process for an overview of how introduced legislation becomes law in Ohio.
How to Present Testimony to a Legislative Committee
Committees are a significant and vital component to the legislative process as it provides legislators more opportunity to closely study a measure than would be possible during a floor debate. Please click the How to Testify Document for an overview of the testifying process.
Other Advocacy Tools