The Kansas Mental Health Coalition (KMHC) launched the Grassroots Advocacy Network in 2012 to expand the opportunities for mental health advocacy for Kansans. We are inviting your participation to grow and expand this network of mental health and other disability advocates.
KMHC is a coalition of over 60 consumer and family advocacy organizations, provider associations, direct mental health service providers, pharmaceutical companies and others who share a common mission dedicated to improving the lives of Kansans with mental illnesses.
The Grassroots Advocacy Network: Kansas Voices for Mental Health is described in more detail in the downloadable project description. We are recruiting and training additional mental health and disability advocates from among consumers, family members, service providers and other interested persons to build a statewide network of Legislative District Advocates to influence public policy through their state and local elected officials.
Involvement with this project is also open to persons interested in supporting issues for the broader disability community. The engagement of advocates through this project for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities as well as all other disability groups is being managed through the Big Tent Coalition.
Advocates will establish relationships with their state and local elected officials and will receive key policy updates and action alerts. They will partner with local organizations to expand the number of individuals who are contacting policymakers. A position description for Legislative District Advocate outlines the expectations for individuals who will join the project.
Resources are available to defray registration and travel costs for those who cannot otherwise afford to participate. Lunch will be provided for all events.
The training in Parsons is the final opportunity being offered in 2013. This is a full day event from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Individuals will be notified about the specific location address upon receipt of their application.
We hope to establish a new training calendar in 2014. In the interim all applicants for the Network will be invited to participate in activities upon signing off on the position description for District Advocate regardless of their ability to attend a training event.
Please be aware that this advocacy training is practice-based and requires that participants be willing to write and share experiences from their perspective as a consumer, family member, provider or advocate about mental illness and recovery or with living with another disability.
Download the application for participation in Kansas Voices.
Please consider whether this opportunity is for you and anyone else you may know who might consider being a part of the project.
Thank you for helping us to spread the word and to recruit individuals for the expansion of the Grassroots Advocacy Network.