Advocacy Information

Together We Are Stronger

Become a Champion for the Profession!

Join us for our 2022 Legislative Week
Feb 7-11, 2022

We need your voice on issues affecting our profession and the people you serve. Protecting patient care and the physical therapy profession requires advocacy and we need your voice in Annapolis.  The Chapter will be coordinating lobby visits throughout the week.

Each day will begin with a briefing by our legislative team on the current bills affecting the profession at 8:00 am.  We encourage anyone meeting with legislators, to attend one of these briefings. Then it’s off to meet our legislators via Zoom (and we can even set up the appointments for you.)  

Help us eliminate barriers to care and join us for our advocacy week in Annapolis!

Leading the Way

Mentor a New Generation of Advocates
  • The success of our efforts not only depends on the number of voices, but also on having an informed and prepared group of advocates. 

  • Sign up to mentor students and new professionals during our legislative week Feb 7-11.  

  • Mentors must participate in a mandatory online training, “Becoming a Life Long Advocate for the Profession.” The course is worth one (0.1) CEU and is FREE for mentors and members.

  • Stay Informed: members can join the government relations committee. Check out the committee’s workspace or contact the chapter for details.

  • Share your Voice: Let us know issues that are important to you. The Chapter’s legislative agenda is set by our members. 

Your Legislators Want to Hear from You

Advocacy Toolkit

Get informed. Familiarize yourself with current issues and legislation affecting the physical therapy profession in Maryland. Think about how you might start a conversation with your representative. Why is it important for PTs and PTAs to support this piece of legislation? Fact sheets regarding bills and legislative efforts for Advocacy Day are below and will be available  in your advocacy day packets.

Onsite – Annapolis

  • Bring a photo ID. At the capital you may be asked to present a photo ID. Please remember that we will be going into a government building and may be asked to wait in lines at security.

For District and Annapolis Visits

  • Dress appropriately. Business attire is expected as we will be representing the profession when we speak with state legislators.
  • Your legislator may be in session or pulled to another meeting, do not be discouraged. Let the his/her staff member know you were here to speak to them. Please do not forget to leave a legislator folder with bills you wish them to support and or oppose.
  • If you do get to speak to your legislator be confident, and precise. Remember, they are busy but they do WANT to hear from you. You are helping them by approaching them.
  • Bring your Business Card. Legislators can follow up with you if they have questions about the current issues or an issue in the future that can impact the profession.
  • Capture the moment – take a photo and upload to social media. Tag the chapter and your legislator!
  • Send a Thank You. Include a photo from your visit if you took one at the meeting.
  • Fill our our debrief form and let us know if the Chapter can provide any follow up information
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Sample Invitation Letter

How to Prepare

  • Be Informed – Review our talking points
  • Research your legislator – do they have a history of supporting the profession and issues we value. If not, research opposing arguments to any issues you pan to discuss and be prepared to explain your position
  • Be respectful
  • Be on time
  • Capture the moment – take a photo and upload to social media. Tag the chapter and your legislator!
  • Send a Thank You. Include a photo from your visit if you took one at the meeting.
  • Follow up. Be sure to follow up on your ask and on any requests for additional information.
  • Fill our our debrief form and let us know if the Chapter can provide any follow up information. You can also e-mail or Call the APTAMD  to let us know how your visit went.