Solutions Through Advocacy & Reform (STAR) Program
NEDA established the STAR Program to legislatively advocate for awareness, education, early intervention and prevention programs, funding for research, and improved access to treatment of eating disorders by speaking with legislators, mobilizing members, and forging alliances with other groups who share our vision. STAR is driven by passionate volunteers. You don’t need experience to make a difference.
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Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Santarsiero announced January 15th that he has introduced legislation that would require schools to provide parents of children in grades 5-12 with information about eating disorders.
The legislation (H.B.1959) would also create guidelines for local school boards that want to develop an eating-disorder screening program. A special thanks to NEDA's STAR Program advocates, led by Emily Rosenberg, who have been working hard to make this happen.
It is crucial that Pennsylvania residents make their voices heard by contacting their respresentative and expressing support for the bill. Residents can use this easy form to send a letter to their district representative.
We are proud to announce that, as a result of NEDA's targeted outreach, Republican Congressman Chris Gibson of New York and Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson of California have joined together to introduce H.R.3662, The Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2013!
NEDA and others in our field are committed to working with the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) to assist in providing education and information on the specific treatment of eating disorders to help these professionals to better serve our community.
NEDA thanks the organizations who have partnered with us on this initiative, including the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp), the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and the AMHCA.
Over the years, the STAR Program has helped increase awareness of eating disorders, gain funding for important programs and advocate for early intervention. Last year, the first National Eating Disorders Awareness caucus was formed, and we are now working to grow its membership and increase support in Congress. Click here to see the current Caucus members. If your representative is not on the list, click here to send a letter asking him/her to join!
To learn more about past and current efforts, please view ourSTAR Updates.
NEDA's Action Center makes it easy for you to get involved and use your voice for change. Help us advocate on behalf of those with eating disorders and their families.
Around the country, advocates are educating their legislators and fighting for change. Search our event listings to see if their is a legislative event in your state.