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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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    • Shared Values in the Community Advocacy and Public Policy Presented by Jennifer Mahan
    • 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
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Coalitions
      • Full List in Evidence of Collaboration Binder
      • Leadership
      • Advocacy and Lobbying support
      • Infrastructure
      • Training
      • Unique perspective as advocacy that provides services
    • 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
    • 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
    • Message development
      • Investing in People
      • Pass Parity – End discrimination
      • Access to Care, Not Access to Guns
      • Save Services – Raise Revenue
        • Stronger North Carolina
    • Editorials, letters, reports
      • Media/News
      • Community Partners
      • E-Advocate and Policy Updates
      • NC Policy Watch
      • Website access
        • www.mha-nc.org
    • 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
    • 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
    • Alerts and Updates
      • Policy Updates
      • CapWiz (with CPDMI and Coalition)
        • http://capwiz.com/cdpmi/home/
      • Coalition Alerts, MHANC alerts
    • Advocacy Events
      • Coalition Breakfasts
      • Coalition Advocacy Day
      • Legislative Reception
      • Other Advocacy Days
    • Media
      • Newspapers
      • Radio
      • TV
      • Policy Blogs/NC Policy Watch
    • 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