DATE: January 29, 2015
TIME: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
LOCATION: Consumer Council System of Maine, 55 Middle Street, Suite 2, Augusta, ME
CO-SPONSORED BY: Shared Voices & Visions, a collaborative effort of the Consumer Council System of Maine, Disability Rights Center of Maine's PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council, Maine Association of Peer Support & Recovery Centers, Advocacy Initiative Network of Maine and the Wrendy Hayne Foundation
Shared Voices & Voices will be hosting a legislative training to be facilitated by local lobbyist, Betsy Sweet.
The Shared Voices & Visions Collaborative primary goal is to support increased voice, presence, and participation of those with lived experience relating to mental health issues in all areas that impact our quality of life.
is to provide training and tips on how the Legislature works and effective ways to testify on bills that will impact our lives.
There are a limited seats for the training and in order to be eligible, you will need to write a brief note (either electronic or regular mail) and tell us why you are interested, what you feel you can contribute and what kind of time can you commit to.
We need you as this legislative season is going to be very important because many bills that are being submitted will affect all aspects of the lives of ourselves and our peers. It is very important that our voices are heard. We have to pull together to make this happen. Please note that the voice of one person does really matter and can make a huge difference!!
This does not mean you always have to come to Augusta. We have had success with people writing testimony and having someone else read it and distribute as well. There are also other ways that you can always help if you do not feel you can participate in this way. Just let us know and we will connect you with what you are willing to do.
This is not a training for everyone in the sense that it will require a commitment of your time going forward to do the legislative work required at the State House. We are not requesting that you have the expertise going into the training. We are looking for people who are willing to learn and willing to share their stories and others as well.
Should we have a lot of interest in this training, we will host another one down the road.
Please send your letter of interest to Simonne Maline, CCSM Executive Director by January 20th: firstname.lastname@example.org or 55 Middle Street, Suite 2, Augusta, ME 04330