American Psychological Association's Government Relations Office sponsors
two Federal Advocacy Coordinators for the State of Florida. Florida has
two FAC's due to the large number of Federal Representatives (27) Florida has
compared to most other states. This year, the Florida Federal Advocacy
Coordinators are Dr. Steve Bloomfield, and Dr. Kristi Van Sickle.
Federal Advocacy Coordinators work under the direction of APA's Government
Relations Office, whose mission is to:
- Inform Congress about psychology and its relevance to federal
Advocate for increased support for federally-funded psychological
research and behavioral and mental health services.
- Strengthen the voice of psychology at the regulatory level.
Advance opportunities for the education and training of
Combine the expertise of psychologists to address the many
challenges facing our nation.
The Government Relations Offices (GRO) keep members informed of
recent federal initiatives and supports their involvement in the public policymaking
process. To accomplish this goal, GRO has developed the Public Policy Advocacy
Network (PPAN), an e-mail grassroots network to help interested
psychologists advocate for their discipline. GRO disseminates information and
action alerts to PPAN members focusing on recent or upcoming federal
legislative or regulatory action of concern to psychology.
From time to time, you may receive Action Alerts from your Federal
Advocacy Coordinators asking you to contact your Federal Representative or Senator about tailored issues relevant to the practice of psychology.
In Florida, we maintain a list of Federal Key Psychologists who
represent their congressional district. These are people who are
interested in contributing to promoting the practice of psychology in Florida
and informing their representative about key issues of importance to
psychology. Since the Keys are constituents, they often hold a remarkably
important place in getting a message through to Congress, and ultimately in
influencing the development of laws relevant to the practice of psychology,
most notably reimbursement issues and access to care for vulnerable
populations. If you are interested in being a Federal Key for your
district, please contact Dr. Kristi Van Sickle.