Monday, March 5, 2018

Advocacy plug!

To all my Floridians friends,

Please take note: This is from FSCA, and it is crucial that we make our voice heard.

Friday, February 23, 2018, Governor Scott proposed an action plan to keep Florida students safe following the shootings in Parkland, Florida. The action plan includes proposed legislation to keep guns out of the hands of violent people, increased mental health initiatives, and funding for school safety to include required access to dedicated mental health counselors to provide direct counseling services to students at every school.

School counselors are trained to recognize preK -12 students’ mental health needs, deliver preventative curriculum to all students, and work collaboratively with mental health agencies and personnel in our communities. We offer our support to the Governor’s plan and as front line interventionists, play an essential role in addressing mental health and student safety. During the next week, legislators will be making critical decisions on the funding and implementation of this proposed plan.  It is crucial that ALL Florida School Counselors connect with legislators and state leaders.   This link will help you find contact information for your Senate and House legislators.

It would be ideal for you to call your legislators and tell them directly about the role you play in supporting student development and the need for 80% of your time to be spent in direct service to students.  (See the Talking Points document.)
If that’s not possible, send your legislators an email or a letter. FSCA leaders have written sample templates that you can copy and modify as needed.  Sample SC Ltr is specific to school counselors.  If you are an advocate of school counseling, use either Advocate Ltr #1 or Advocate Ltr #2

Thank you to everyone who is willing and able to help!

Your Floridian Chick