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Advocacy Day & Popcorn Rally – Tuesday May 22,2012

ADVOCATE FOR SERVICES AND SUPPORTS FOR MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES & ADDICTIVE DISEASE

Registration will open at 8 am on the back portico of the Legislative Building. Participants can get information on the day’s legislative committee meetings, the current budget proposal and begin visits with legislators.

Advocacy Trainings will take place in the Legislative Building Auditorium (third floor). Beginning at 9 am short trainings will be held on ways to effectively communicate your message to Legislators. Volunteers will be in the auditorium with tips & techniques for making the most of your legislative visit.

Popcorn will be available on the portico beginning at 11 AM!
(Please note that lunch will NOT be provided.)

RALLY – at 12 pm on Bicentennial Mall on Jones Street, across from the Legislative Building

PARKING: Passengers in vehicles of any kind must be dropped off at the LEGISLATIVE BUILDING and park in other locations. Directions & parking information can be found on the General Assembly’s website.

Download this flyer and distribute to let friends and co-workers know about this opportunity.

No Comments » May 7, 2012

The Coalition Budget Statement: February 1, 2011

FINDING SOLUTIONS

The Coalition recognizes the significance of North Carolina’s difficult budget issues and the economic condition of our state. The individuals and families who rely upon the public mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse system for the basic services and supports necessary to live in communities have truly felt the effects of recession. All too often the impact has resulted in serious harm to the well being of these individuals.

Coalition members who provide these basic services and supports have had the triple impact of:

1. state and federal funding reductions

2. increases in the number of new people in need of services and supports

3. reduced ability to access other funding sources such as fundraising or credit markets.

The Coalition believes the services and supports provided all across North Carolina are critical to the well being of North Carolina citizens, and that the jobs needed to provide these services are part of the fabric of local communities.

We cannot solve this fiscal crisis with budget cuts alone. There must be a balanced approach of:

  • creative methods of service provision
  • budget reductions
  • prioritizing services that avoid cost-shifting

Taking this balanced approach can lead to a better North Carolina for all our citizens.  We want to work with the General Assembly and the Administration to develop solutions.  As we work toward these solutions The Coalition will adhere to the following principles:

  • Save jobs – cuts to services would increase unemployment in communities already hard-hit by recession.
  • Seek business efficiencies – eliminate costly over-regulation and duplicative administrative functions which waste resources.
  • Protect federal match – many services bring in funds from federal sources that stretch our resources to serve more people.
  • Protect community services as the first priority – any reductions in community services must be paired with comparable reductions in state-operated healthcare facilities.
  • If there are reductions in service funding they must be paired with a comparable reduction in administrative funding.
1 Comment » February 2, 2011

Legislative Handbook: Becoming an Effective Advocate

The Coalition has created a Legislative Handbook to help the public realize their advocate potential.  Advocating for yourself or others with mental illness, a developmental disability or addictive disease can be quick, easy and extremely rewarding.  The Coalition’s Legislative Handbook teaches simple techniques for writing letters, speaking and meeting with legislators.  In addition the Handbook provides a brief overview of the current state of the MHDDSA system, gives a basic Civics 101 training, and supplies a list of terms which the public may not be accustomed. Start Advocating TODAY!

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