Events & Trainings:
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KEEP THE PROMISE COALITION AWARDS LUNCHEON Stay Tuned! Date, Time and Location to be determined for 2018
ANNUAL FALL TRAININGS
ESSENTIALS OF LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY: 2018 date to be determined
This teaches the “essentials” of the legislative process and how to influence elected officials. The two-day class will be held in a hearing room at the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.
Registration begins at 8:30 AM on the second floor of the LOB; Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.
Highlights include a discussion with a guest legislator and a tour of the Capitol/LOB.
The fee for the two-day training is $25 for KTP Members, $65 for non-members. Student advocates are expected to attend BOTH days.
Lunch is included along with a copy of the legislative advocacy resource binder for each participant.
LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP: 2018 date to be determined (** Prerequisite** Must have completed the Essentials Class the year before)
“Leadership” is for experienced advocates interested in knowing more details about the legislative process and playing a lead role in KTP advocacy at the LOB or locally. The two-day class will be held in a hearing room at the LOB. The pre-requisite for this training is completion of the “Essentials of Legislative Advocacy” or extensive advocacy experience.Registration starts at 8:30 AM at the LOB; Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. The fee for the two-day training is $25 for KTP Members, $65 for non-members. Lunch and an information binder are included
Please note that scholarships are available for low-income or non-working KTP members. Ideally cost should not be a barrier to attendance. Special accommodations are available with sufficient advance notice.
Please submit completed registration forms (see links below) to Maura Sheil-Hughes or Tonya Cutler by fax at 860-343-5314, by email at KTP@cahs.org or KTPAdmin@cahs.org or mail to 31 DeJohn Drive, Middletown CT 06457. Questions? Call 860-788-6180.
Registration forms coming soon.
ESSENTIALS OF LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY TRAINING – Condensed version
KTP can offer a condensed version of this training at your location. Call KTP to discuss whether this “mini-version” of our Annual “Essentials of Legislative Advocacy” course would work for your group.
The two basic goals of this training are:
1. TO MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THE PEOPLE AND THE PROCESS
You do not need to be an expert on politics, the legislative process or the budget. YOU ARE ALREADY AN EXPERT based on your experience: person in recovery, family member, friend or provider.
2. TO HELP YOU FIGURE OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP
Each of us has different skill sets, assets or talents to contribute to advocacy — public speaking, writing, making phone calls, supporting, or drawing. They are all part of a successful advocacy campaign.
HOLDING LOCAL EVENTS
LEGISLATIVE BREAKFASTS, CANDIDATE FORUMS & MEETINGS WITH LEGISLATORS
Please contact KTP for assistance with scheduling a Legislative Breakfast, Candidate Forum (during election season) or other local event or scheduling a meeting with your legislator in the district. These events & meetings should take place in the district before the legislative session begins (and sometimes can be done in Hartford at the LOB after the session begins).
KTP can support you by providing blue ribbon pins, fact sheets, and assistance with planning, implementation, or scheduling meetings, etc. Please call today!
In general, a legislative breakfast or event should:
- Be no more than 1 hour.
- Be in the legislators’ home area BEFORE the session starts if possible – otherwise you may want to consider holding an evening meeting with simple hors d’oeuvres or dessert for example – whenever people can attend.
- Be hosted at the L.O.B. AFTER the session starts (it is hard for them to make something in their home towns once the session starts).
- Be hosted in an easily accessibly area such as a local social club/clubhouse, a Regional Mental Health Board conference room.
- Include invitations to all the Senators and Representatives in several surrounding towns that your organization or group serves (if you invite 12 people, commonly some will not be able to attend).
- Invite legislators and community stakeholders 3-4 weeks in advance of the event with a deadline for the RSVP’s.
- Be sure to follow-up with friendly phone calls to legislators and community members you haven’t heard from approximately 1 week before the event.
- Serve simple breakfast items such as coffee, tea, juice, bagels, muffins, or pastries.
- Be a COLLABORATIVE EFFORT between an agency program, such as a clubhouse, the Regional Mental Health Board, etc.
- Be creative! (Displaying clubhouse members’ art, for example, can be a great way to initiate conversation).
- Focus on a couple of key issues (such as funding Supportive Housing and specific Community Services) you know will be important in the upcoming Legislative Session.
- Be less formal with a small group (everyone might have time to go around and briefly introduce themselves and very briefly state their issues with the mental health system such as supportive housing needs or successes). Be more structured for a larger group (have a couple key people highlight 2 or 3 important issues for your group).
- Have an “ask” – a statement regarding your hope for their specific support or legislation. For example, you could ask the legislators to support funding 650 new units of Supportive Housing.
- Allow time for the legislator(s) to respond to the issues that have been outlined for them.
- Take pictures! Get your event published in a local/weekly newspaper! You can include photos and/or an article.
- Always thank your legislators for attending. Send them a thank you note and reinforce your issues and/or “asks”.
KTP can lend support by answering questions, providing collaborative leads such as Regional Mental Health Board contacts, youth based groups, etc., providing fact sheets (Supportive Housing, Alternatives to Incarceration, Young Adult Services) and annual KTP legislative priorities.
Please call KTP at (860) 788-6180 or email us at KTP@cahs.org, with any questions or for support. Schedule breakfasts and meetings with your legislators TODAY! These meetings are an important and effective way to let your legislators know how they can affect change both locally and statewide!