ADVOCACY DAY 2014
APRIL 2, 2014
HOWLETT OFFICE BUILDING, SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS
For many years those who cared about the disease of addiction and substance use disorders took guidance from our roots in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, particularly traditions that related to anonymity. As a result the stigma of addiction and substance use disorder has been allowed to thrive. When money was plentiful, addiction funding while small was available. Today, with resources being scarce the services that have helped so many find a recovery is at risk. CORE-ILLINOIS’ PRIMARY MISSION “IS TO PROVIDE A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO WORK IN OR ARE EFFECTED BY ADDICTION” It is out of this mission that three (3) years ago all members of CORE-ILLINOIS, and students from IAODAPCA accredited training programs were invited to Springfield to learn about advocacy and practice the learned advocacy skills by visiting with their state Senators and Representatives. This year we are again repeating this successful program
This year participants will have the opportunity to be in Springfield at the height of the legislative debate on the fiscal year 2015 budget. The pace inside the Capital Building will be frantic as our democratic process unfolds in front of us. During the morning session to be held in the Howlett Office building Auditorium, we will learn firsthand about advocacy from a group of outstanding presenters. The morning will begin by a welcome from Marvin Bornschlegl, Executive Director of CORE-ILLINOIS, and John Reese co-founder of CORE. Marie Hawkins and Jim Golding will provide an introduction to Advocacy, followed by Mark Sanders will talk the 7 things to be a great advocate and update of the national agenda. Benneth Lee will talk about the importance of Advocacy and Jim Carr focusing on the effectiveness of lobbying. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer period. Dianne Gutierrez of IAODAPCA will then orient participant’s to the capital itself and give us tips on how to approach a legislator. Several legislators have agreed to join us during the morning “schedule permitting.” We will have lunch in the Stratton Office building and then move to the Capital Building. Participants will have the opportunity to view the legislators in action on the floor of the house and Senate, meet their legislator “around the rail” or in their office. Depending on the schedule of the day participants will be able to sit in on House and Senate hearings.
Advocacy day attendees will have the opportunity to:
- Explore the fundamentals of advocacy.
- Gain insights into the workings of the legislative process
- Learn about current political trends as they relate to CORE-ILLINOIS legislative priorities.
- Share information with their members of The Illinois General Assembly about the impact of the budget on people with addictive illness, and elimination of prevention services.
VIEW ADVOCACY DAY AGENDA HERE