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CALL to ACTION!

 Dear NJ Drama and Dance/Movement Therapists, and supporters,

 As you know, it is the beginning of a new legislative session.

The NJ Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act has been given new Assembly and Senate numbers: A1220 / S675.

Our Bill has already passed through the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee; and it is scheduled to be placed on the Assembly floor for a vote on April 12.

We are asking for your help, at this time.  In order to help insure that our bill is passed, we need you to contact your Assembly representative, and ask them to VOTE YES  on our Bill, on April 12.

 *** We have supplied an email template below, for the email to your Assembly person. All you need to do is “Copy and Paste” the template into an email that you send, fill in the blanks, and include your contact information as indicated.

Make the subject of your email: “Urgent matter - Bill A1220/S675”

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 TIPS FOR CONTACTING YOUR LEGISLATOR
HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR LEGISLATORS

  1. Identify your legislative district.  Go to http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/districtnumbers.asp and locate your town or municipality on the legislative map. 
  2. Click on that district on the website and a list of all of your legislators will come up.  You can click on their names and see more information about each one including what bills they have supported and how they have voted in the past. 

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  1. Call or write your Assembly representative
  2. If you are a constituent, say so at the beginning. Say where you live, & where you work. Identify yourself as a DT or DMT
  3. State why you are writing or calling: to discuss the Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy Licensure bill (A 1220/S675)  . The Bill will be up for a vote on the Assembly floor on April 12.

Ask your Assemblyperson to please VOTE YES on this bill.

  1. In the conversation, be ready to address points such as: what is this bill about? Why is licensure important? 
  2. It is OK if you speak to the Chief of Staff, and not the legislator themselves. This happens often, and is just as valuable.
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    Things to remember to include (in your own words):
     
    This bill will license Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy in NJ.  It will regulate these highly effective professions, in order to protect the public   from untrained people (who might potentially do harm to clients / consumers who are in need of help). Be prepared to answer a possible question about what harm might come to a person, if an untrained professional attempts to do this work. What is the danger? In NJ, Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists see thousands of clients on a weekly basis, in a variety of settings. The most important point is that having this license will protect the consumers in the state of NJ. Other possible points: How we differ from "recreation"; our clinical training; etc.

 

Your letter to your  Assembly representative might look something like this:

 

Dear____________,
 

I am a ___________therapist, (or supporter of the bill) and  I am writing to you regarding the importance of licensing dance/movement therapists and drama therapists in New Jersey.  I am a resident of ____________.

It is my hope that you will  VOTE YES , when the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act   (A1220/S675) comes up for a vote on April 12, 2018.

Drama therapists and dance/movement therapists are all Master’s level clinicians.  We are trained through graduate level academic courses, practicums, and clinical internships.  We use our specific modalities to help patients express thoughts and feelings that are too difficult to process in words.  We help individuals gain new insights, find inner strength, learn new methods of coping with life’s challenges, and ultimately heal and grow from past and present experiences that may be painful and traumatic.

I am currently employed at _________________ and work with (population served).  Drama therapists and dance/movement therapists work with a wide range of populations, in a wide range of settings, including:  Veteran’s facilities, psychiatric and medical  hospitals, substance abuse and addiction recovery programs, rehabilitation facilities, schools for children with special needs, hospices, and nursing homes.

This bill will license Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy in NJ.  It will regulate these highly effective professions, in order to protect the public from untrained and unlicensed practitioners who might potentially do harm to consumers, many of whom are the most vulnerable citizens in the state.

Thank you, in advance, for supporting the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act (A1220/S675), by voting YES, on April 12.
 

                     Sincerely,

                   ( your name and address)

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