We are encouraging everyone to send a hard copy through the mail, as this does have a different impact compared to an email, but any and all contacts are great!
Pick up a postcard at the WSASP Booth in the NASP 2022 Convention Exhibit Hall.
What to include in your message:
1. Always include your return address as proof that you are a constituent.
2. All participants will need to look up the mailing address for your representatives to put on your messages. Below are resources to help you find that information:
State Legislators: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
*Click here for a full tutorial*
Federal Legislators: https://www.congress.gov/members/find-your-member
OPSI Mailing Address:
Mail stop: 47200
Old Capitol Building
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
3. Finally, you will have your tier 1 advocacy message, raising awareness of school psychologists to powerful stakeholders. You can write your own, or you can use one of these messages:
I’m a school psychologist. I promote students’ mental health and academic learning. I help teachers meet the needs of their students. I work with parents to support their children’s school success. I partner with administrators to evaluate data and implement effective systems and interventions. The NASP Practice Model is my framework for effective service delivery in the school context. Please contact me for more information about this.
I am a school psychologist. The COVID-19 Pandemic has resulted in an increase in mental health needs nationwide. Our students need access to high-quality, school-based mental health services in order to thrive. Stand up for Washington’s students by supporting mental health services in schools. Please support legislation that will strengthen the work of school psychologists!
I am a school psychologist. I am a school based mental health provider. Current data estimates that one in five children will experience a significant mental health issue each year and only about 20% of those students who need care will receive it. Students are more likely to seek help if these services are in schools. Please support legislation that will strengthen the work of school psychologists!
I am a school psychologist. I work with students, families, educators, administrators, and communities to ensure all our students have the supports they need to be successful. We provide direct and indirect interventions to support student social-emotional learning, mental and behavioral health, and academic success. When utilized appropriately, we can help schools and districts use limited dollars more effectively while simultaneously improving school and student outcomes.
I am a school psychologist. I provide essential services to staff and students every day. Washington is facing a critical shortage of school psychologists, at a time when our students need psychological services more and more. Please support legislation providing National Board Parity for Nationally Certified School Psychologists to help schools recruit and retain people like me.
I am a school psychologist, and I stand for social justice for all of my students. School psychologists provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds. Please support policies and legislation that help all students succeed, such as those supporting the rights of LGBTQ+ students, equitable access to education regardless of race or zip code, and fair discipline practices.
I am a school psychologist. I help children overcome barriers to learning so they can be successful at school, home, and throughout life. Please support appropriate school psychologist staffing ratios so we can do our work
I am a school psychologist which means I am a school-employed mental health professional. Stand up for Washington’s students by supporting legislation to promote increased access to school-employed mental health professionals so children get the help they need to learn and graduate!