Make your voice heard at the (virtual) Statehouse this year!

This webinar is for board members, staff, standing committees, families and other people who support and/or use the services of designated and specialized service agencies. Participants will learn how to reach out, communicate and build relationships with our legislative representatives without ever going to the Statehouse. Tips will be given to enable members of our community to feel comfortable sharing their personal stories and advocate for investment in our system of care. You’ll learn how legislative work is getting done during the pandemic and how you can effectively advocate. Captioning and ASL interpreting will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • understand how the political process works and the changes being made this year
  • how to access and use the legislative website
  • prepare to participate in Mental Health Advocacy Day on January 31st, Disability Awareness Day Spring 2022, and other advocacy events
  • how to follow committee testimony and hearings through YouTube
  • develop skills for communicating with legislators by email and online
  • become familiar with the Vermont Care Partners Legislative Agenda

The trainers will be the Vermont Care Partners policy team: Dillon Burns, Director of Mental Health Services; Marie Lallier, Director of Developmental Disability Services; and Julie Tessler, Executive Director of VT Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services. Vermont Care Partners’ policy team has significant expertise about our system of care and many years of experience advocating on behalf of people who use community-based services. The webinar format includes both instruction and dialog.

Register here.

Immediately after registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing the webinar via Zoom. Please search your junk mail if it does not appear, and then contact [email protected] if you do not receive this confirmation email.

For those who can’t make it, the recording will be posted to the VCP training website after January 10.