The Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and drug abuse advocate with constituents – meaning that the Boards provide opportunities for people experiencing mental health and substance use disorders to advocate for themselves and the issues that are important to them. Constituents are invited to participate directly in the Boards’ work through formal and informal public comment at meetings, through the annual budget deliberations, at periodical town halls across the state, and through social media. The Boards, with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and others, host advocacy events in Juneau and communities around Alaska to support constituents in speaking to state and local officials.
Advocacy is the act of influencing outcomes that affect people’s lives. It can be as simple as speaking out on an issue or writing a letter of support for an issue that you care about, to something as complex as organizing a support campaign or educating and motivating others about an issue.
Advocacy protects the rights guaranteed by the democratic tradition of equality and justice.
Advocacy is pressing for changes in policy, procedures and laws to protect existing rights and to create new ones. It’s also putting a problem on the agenda, providing a solution to that problem and building support for acting on both the problem and the solution.
All citizens have the right and responsibility to speak out and advocate in support for what they believe. Public officials — school board members, city council or Assembly members, state legislators and members of the U.S. Congress — are elected to serve the public. It is the role of the public official to work for their constituents, the citizens of their district, and it is the role of citizens to communicate what they need.
Teri Tibbett, Advocacy Coordinator
Alaska Mental Health Board
Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Telephone: (907) 465-4765
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The Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse work closely with stakeholders, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and partner advisory boards, to inform grass roots advocates about legislative issues, connect voters with their elected officials, get out the vote, and more.
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This report contains bills and budget items that affect Mental Health Trust beneficiaries that passed during the 2014 legislative session.
This report contains bills and budget items that affect Mental Health Trust beneficiaries that passed during the 2013 legislative session.
This report highlights the boards’ priority bills and budget items passed during the 2012 legislative session. Offering an overview of capital projects and budget items that benefit families, youth and people affected with substance abuse and mental disorders.
This report highlights 2011 priority bills and the FY12 budget. Legislature approves $225,000 to Family Preservation in Office of Children's Services.
This report highlights the boards’ priority bills and budget items during the 2010 legislative session. Besides offering an overview of the boards priority legislation, the report presents a review of other bills and budget items affecting people experiencing mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
This report highlights 2009 priority bills and budget items affecting people experiencing mental illness and substance abuse disorders, people with disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and seniors.
These are the legislative priorities established by the boards for the 2009 session, including the top four budget priorities with back-up, and a more comprehensive list by category.
These priorities, established at the November 2008 Joint Advocacy Summit, are moving forward with the support of the Alaska Mental Health Board, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Commission on Aging, Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, Alaska Brain Injury Network, Suicide Prevention Council and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
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