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Advocacy

Program Manager: 

Brittany Greiert (bsovran@gmail.com)

Advocacy is broken down into 4 branches.

Legislative

Chair: Brittany Greiert
bsovran@gmail.com

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Legislative Chair has the following responsibilities as a member of the Advocacy program area:

  • Attend and participate in their board and program area
  • Monitor legislation relating to the practice of school psychology and other issues pertaining to education and school based mental health services both locally and nationally.
  • Advocate for the passage of legislation pertaining to the annually established legislative priorities of the association both locally and nationally.
  • Inform CSSP members of legislative initiatives and laws that relate to the practice of school psychology both locally and nationally.
  • Coordination with the newsletter editor for timely publication of legislative news.
  • Review Bill Status Summary sheet and identify possible bills of interest to the membership via report to the board and executive council.
  • Employ a governmental consultant.
  • health care – related meetings as a representative of CSSP’s position on topics of interest.


GOVERNMENT & PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: Alison Hargarten
alisonhargarten@gmail.com

Roles and Responsibilities:  

The GPR Chair has the following responsibilities as a member of the Advocacy program area:

  • Attend and participate in their program area meeting on the same day but prior to theExecutive Council meeting.
  • In collaboration with the Legislative Rep , to monitor state and federal legislation relating to the practice of school psychology and other issues pertaining to education and school based mental health services both locally and nationally.
  • To participate in weekly phone calls with the CSSP appointed lobbyist during the Colorado legislative session.
  • To establish and recruit a network of CSSP members that are committed to assisting in advocacy efforts. Activities of network members might include writing letters or phoning legislators, testifying, distributing information within their employment site, etc.  
  •  As needed, GPR Committee Chair  will communicate with Collaborative Relations (websites, social media, newsletter) to ensure membership is informed on GPR Committee’s advocacy efforts, needs, and accomplishments.
  • Keep communication streams open between GPR Committee Chair  and Regional reps as a means of ensuring policy priorities and action steps represent CSSP membership.
  •  Volunteer to assist with activities at the annual conference as stipulated through contact with the Conference chairperson.



Collaborative Relations

Chair: Sacha Mittelman
Sacha.mittelman@bvsd.org

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Collaborative Relations Chairperson has the following responsibilities as a member of the Advocacy program area:

  • Attend and participate in their program area and board meetings.
  • Facilitate communication between CSSP and others for the purpose of sharing common issues, interest, or concerns.
  • Make timely reports to their program area regarding matters of concern to the organization.
  • Serve as liaison between CSSP and:
  • CDE School Psychology Advisory Committee
  • International School Psychology Association ISPA)
  • Any other organization with which the organization may desire to establish professional relations
  • Make a listing of representatives from each of the above organizations and turn it in to the Technology chairperson and/or webmaster for creation of a listserv.
  • Make announcements, elicit feedback and receive pertinent information to distribute through the listserv.
  • Submit newsletter articles as necessary.
  • If attending ISPA, participate in the ISPA state delegate representative meeting.


CRISIS TEAM

Co-Chairs: Kathy Sievering & Susy Ruof
ksieveri@comcast.net
sruof@lpbroadband.net

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Crisis Team Coordinator has the following responsibilities as members of the Advocacy program area:

  • Recruit CSSP members to serve on the CSSP S-W CRT ineither a Tier I or Tier II capacity, as outlined in the team’s membership and guidelines.
  • Coordinate communication to the membership regarding the CSSP S-W CRT priorities, actions plans in which the membership can participate to further the crisis management/prevention/education interests of the organization.
  • Coordination with the newsletter editor for timely publication of crisis teams news.
  • Coordination and planning with the Conference Chair for a crisis team table at conference.
  • If possible, submit a Call for Presentation/Paper for the annual CSSP Conference on a topic related to the field of crisis intervention and prevention. Maintain contact with NASP, NOVA, NEAT, COVA, ISPA and other agencies related to crisis intervention and prevention.
  • Maintain criteria for team membership (Tier I and Tier II), reviewing responsibilities with members annually.
  • Facilitate and coordinate Direct Crisis Response: Upon request from a school administrator, CSSP Statewide Crisis Response Team members may be dispatched to local school districts to assist in direct crisis response.



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