State Leadership Conference Capitol Hill Visits
One of the most important aspects of the State Leadership Conference is the opportunity to meet with your members of Congress and lobby on behalf of your patients, practices and profession. Hill visits are organized on the last day of the conference. Throughout the conference you will learn about APAPO’s federal advocacy agenda and will be taught effective techniques that can be applied to advocacy efforts designed to improve the health care system.
Please note: All SLC attendees are expected to participate in the Hill visits unless otherwise excused.
- Make psychologists eligible for HITECH Act incentives
Government Relations Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Rehearsal
Staff will hold preparation briefings so that you can get a sense of what your visit will be like and what is expected of you. These briefings will also help you to understand the issues for which you will be advocating.
- Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Rehearsal
2:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 9
Please check the program for details about where you should go. All participants making Hill visits are required to attend an issue briefing.
- Capitol Hill 101 — Government Relations Issue Briefing and Hill Visits review
12:30–1:30p.m., Monday, March 10
This session will provide attendees with information on how to participate in Hill visits, what to expect in Hill meetings and how best to navigate intricate aspects of Capitol Hill. SLC attendees who are participating in Hill visits for the first time should attend this briefing.
- Issue Briefing and Congressional Visit Rehearsal, PEC Coordinators
2-4 p.m., Monday, March 10
There will be a separate issue briefing session for PEC coordinators who have been authorized by their SPTA to attend the Hill visits.
- Optional Q&A Follow-up to Hill Issue Briefing
5-5:30 p.m., Monday, March 10
This session is a final opportunity for participants to ask any additional questions about federal legislation or advocacy strategies before visiting their members of Congress.
All attendees are invited to attend this optional Q&A to ask any remaining questions about the Hill Day.
Hill Day, Tuesday, March 11
After breakfast buses will leave the Grand Hyatt Washington to transport participants to Capitol Hill.
At 2:30 p.m. there will be a debriefing session at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation followed by transportation to Regan National Airport. Please include this debriefing in your travel arrangements. Refreshments will be served. Those leaving from Dulles or BWI Airport will need to arrange their own airport transportation.
APA Practice Division representatives, APAGS representatives and board or committee members should coordinate congressional visits with their SPTA.
Scheduling Hill Visits
Appointments for Capitol Hill visits are to be set up by SPTA executive directors. Instructions have been sent via email to executive directors only. Please contact Government Relations at (800) 374-2723 ext. 5889 or email Director of Field & State Operations Ashton Randle for assistance.