Shared Values In The Community - Advocacy

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Presentation describing the ways in which MHA-NC\'s expresses its mission and values in the community through its advocacy efforts.

Presentation describing the ways in which MHA-NC\'s expresses its mission and values in the community through its advocacy efforts.

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  • 1. Shared Values in the Community Advocacy and Public Policy Presented by Jennifer Mahan
  • 2. What do we mean?
    • Advocacy: active support of an idea or cause
      • “ Active”: taking action, use of persuasion, writing, speaking, protesting, being visible, involvement...
    • Public Policy: what government chooses to do, or not to do (Thomas Dye).
    • MHANC believes that it is critical for our mission to be involved, and get people involved, in advocacy on public policy
  • 3. Advocacy and Public Policy
    • Why is it important?
    • What is our role in Advocacy?
    • Who is involved?
    • What exactly do we do?
    • How are MHANC values demonstrated?
  • 4. Quick Review of MHANC Values
    • Full participation in society
    • Full potential
    • Resources for mental health
    • Recovery
    • Access to treatments
    • Appropriate services
    • Children’s system of care
    • Promote mental health
    • Inclusiveness: All people participate, Affiliates and Advocates are key
  • 5. Why is advocacy important?
    • Our values are critical for the well being of individuals who experience mental illness, their families, associates and the people who work in this field
    • Our values are not always shared by society and not reflected in the decisions of policymakers
  • 6. Advocacy is at the core of MHANC
    • Began as advocacy organization
    • Advocating for rights, understanding, resources and well-being
    • State-level, statewide, but with a role in local and national advocacy
  • 7. Who is involved?
    • Everyone
      • Examples:
        • Policy Staff
        • Board and MHANC Staff
        • Affiliates
        • People we serve
        • Subscribers to website
        • People we talk to at I&R
        • Community advocacy training participants
        • Coalitions and Community partners
        • Policymakers
        • Grant makers
        • Media
        • Anyone who wants to participate
  • 8. What is it really?
    • Building relationships
    • Gathering and distributing information
    • Developing understanding
    • Expressing viewpoint
    • Backing opinion with research
    • Training other advocates
    • Promoting good ideas
    • Navigating politics
    • Motivating others to take action
  • 9. Elements of what we do
    • Coalition building
    • Research on issues & viewpoints
    • Lobbying
    • Message development
    • Editorials, letters, reports
    • Advocacy training
    • Information and Referral
    • Action alerts
    • Policy updates, conference calls
    • Advocacy events
    • Media contacts
  • 10. Coalitions
    • Full List in Evidence of Collaboration Binder
    • Leadership
    • Advocacy and Lobbying support
    • Infrastructure
    • Training
    • Unique perspective as advocacy that provides services
  • 11. Policy & Advocacy Research
    • Changes to state gun laws and rights restoration
    • Implementation of state parity laws
    • Impact of lack of parity on NC
    • State “transformation” and “reform” movements
    • Budget Comparisons
  • 12. Lobbying
    • Required by state law to register and report state lobbying activities.
    • Regular presence at State Legislature and with Administration
    • Work with Coalitions, and on MHANC priorities
    • Focus on information and advocacy, not “wine and dine” lobbying
  • 13. Message development
    • Investing in People
    • Pass Parity – End discrimination
    • Access to Care, Not Access to Guns
    • Save Services – Raise Revenue
      • Stronger North Carolina
  • 14. Editorials, letters, reports
    • Media/News
    • Community Partners
    • E-Advocate and Policy Updates
    • NC Policy Watch
    • Website access
      • www.mha-nc.org
  • 15. Advocacy Trainings
    • 7 in 2008: Asheboro, Winston-Salem, Kinston, Chapel Hill, Lenoir, Wilson, Raleigh: 245 people
    • 3 brief trainings at Coalition Legislative Advocacy Day along with NASWNC: 110 people
    • Other trainings and presentations: Youth, reform, elections, Medicare Pt. D, legislation
  • 16. Information and Referral
    • Respond to calls and emails
    • Actively listen, assess situation and needs, work with individuals on problem solving and resources
    • Advocate, promote self advocacy
    • Follow-up
    • Materials, brochures
    • Inform policy direction
  • 17. Alerts and Updates
    • Policy Updates
    • CapWiz (with CPDMI and Coalition)
      • http://capwiz.com/cdpmi/home/
    • Coalition Alerts, MHANC alerts
  • 18. Advocacy Events
    • Coalition Breakfasts
    • Coalition Advocacy Day
    • Legislative Reception
    • Other Advocacy Days
  • 19. Media
    • Newspapers
    • Radio
    • TV
    • Policy Blogs/NC Policy Watch
  • 20. How are values demonstrated?
    • Commitment to advocacy
    • Involvement in community informs policy direction
    • Respect diversity of views, but do take stand on issue.
    • Public Policy Priorities
    • Information and Referral