Shared Values In The Community - Advocacy


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Shared Values In The Community - Advocacy

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