Public Interest Government Relations update
By Stefanie Reeves, MA
APA, National Council on Disability to Continue Partnership on Parents with Disabilities
Based on the success of the April Congressional Briefing on the challenges facing Parents with Disabilities, APA along with its briefing partners the National Council on Disability, the National Association on Social Work and the Child Welfare League of America met to discuss next steps. Due to the interest generated by the briefing, the groups developed an executive summary of the event for those unable to attend. In addition, the groups decided to start developing federal legislation to address the issues described in NCD’s report Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities.
Senator Menendez Announces Hearing for UN Treaty
After a call for ratification by President Obama and the disability community, it appears that the Senate will once again consider the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Senator Robert Menendez, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has announced the first of two hearings on CRPD to held on Nov. 5. The UN treaty promotes, protects and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and promotes respect for their inherent dignity. APA continues to work our coalition partners to encourage to Senate to ratify CRPD before the end of the 113th Congress.
PI-GRO Welcomes New Associate Executive Director
Judith Glassgold, PsyD, joined the Public Interest Directorate as associate executive director in PI’s Government Relations Office. A clinical psychologist, Glassgold is familiar with APA and the Public Interest Directorate as an Catherine Acuff APA Congressional Fellow (2009-2010) as well serving as the chair of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation 2007-2009) and member and chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (1999-2002).
After Glassgold's Congressional Fellowship, she served as a senior policy advisor on Domestic Social Policy to Congressman Sander Levin, chair and then ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, working on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. Most recently she worked for the Congressional Research Service, a legislative branch agency providing nonpartisan authoritative policy analysis exclusively to Congress as a senior health policy analyst where she focused on chronic health, health care delivery, health disparities and mental health.
There are a number of ways to get involved with advocacy through APA’s Public interest Government Relations Office, including:
- sharing research and clinical expertise with policymakers,
- attending an advocacy workshop and advocacy day,
- participating in state/district visits with policymakers,
- testifying or presenting at congressional hearings or briefings, and
- applying for a fellowship or internship in Washington, D.C.