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Hill Day 2019

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Hill Day 2019 will be held on September 17th & 18th in Washington, DC, and I am once again serving as the State Captain for Nebraska. This is the largest behavioral health advocacy event of the year! We are really working hard to get as many Nebraskans there as we possibly can to attend the training and our meetings with our elected delegation. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience our nation’s capitol, as well as share your stories and experience around behavioral health to truly make an impact.

Whether you’re an advocacy pro or this would be your first time advocating for what you believe in, on Tuesday, September 17th more than 600 people will join together to brush off their advocacy skills or learn how to be effective when meeting with elected officials to tell their stories. Leading national experts will also speak to us about the current state of affairs, behavioral health priorities, and to encourage us to share our experiences so that our elected officials can better understand what our needs truly are in behavioral health.

The training itself is free, but you are responsible for your own travel and lodging. You will be surrounded by people from all 50 states including providers, executives, board members, people with lived experience, family members, and community stakeholders. This is a wonderful opportunity to take your message to Capitol Hill to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment in our community.

Please email me at if you would like more information or have questions, visit for more information and to get registered today! I hope you will join us!

Julia Hebenstreit, The Kim FoundationJulia Hebenstreit, Executive Director of The Kim Foundation,

Julia Hebenstreit is the Executive Director of The Kim Foundation. She received her J.D. from Creighton University in 2005, and her BS in Journalism from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2002. She has been with The Kim Foundation since 2011, and prior to that worked for local non-profits doing development, strategic planning, communications and advancement. She has a passion for helping people and improving lives, and serves on the Executive Committee for Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations, as the 2015 Hill Day State Captain for the state of Nebraska, and as an active member of the Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Early Childhood Mental Health Coalition, BHECN Advisory Committee, RESPECT Advisory Board, Connections Advisory Board and the Project Propel Planning Group.