1.5%by hopeworkscommunityI heard a number today that left my jaw dropped and my mind spinning. 1.5%.
1.5% is the percentage of bills submitted in the U.S Congress that actually pass. Less than 2 out of 100 come before for the president for signature. I gotta wonder if we will even reach that this year.
I have been part of a training this weekend put on by the DBSA about how, when, and why people with the lived experience of mental health issues need to have a loud and persistent voice in the political arena. A lot of specific information will be shared in succeeding posts. This post is about the most important thing this weekend: 1.5%.
I dont know if my voice being raised will come anywhere close to having the impact I hope to have. I really dont know. But I know the consequences of my silence. If the purpose of the legislature is to pass bills they believe are helpful is 1.5% the measure of their success?? Is there another business of any kind in the entire world that could survive that kind of success? Think about it for a minute. 1.5% of fixed flats hold air??? Put your own example in there.
The result of my silence... the result of your silence- 1.5%. The chances of legislation that improves the quality of mental health care in this country... much less than 1.5%.
I applaud the DBSA their initiative. My choice is to no longer remain silent. What about you??
hopeworkscommunity | July 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/plhDt-2oR