Legislative Advocacy Tools and Resources
The following tools will provide you guidance as NAMI Ohio calls on those impacted by mental illness to be heard during the upcoming state budget process. Legislators must be educated so that they fully understand the consequences of their decisions and their votes. It is up to families, friends and individuals who live with a psychiatric disorder to bring the message to them in a way that they understand the potential impact of any and all budget and legislative actions.
As a general rule, you need to follow these brief steps:
Believe. Your own conviction and passion toward an issue is most important when convincing others.
Know your audience. Whether you seek to convince one person or an entire community, knowing your audience enhances your chances of communicating with them instead just talking at them.
Know your issue. Do not tell your issue only from your biased perspective. Share the pros and cons of the issue, and be prepared for and knowledgeable about arguments from the opposing side. Tell them what the opponents are saying, but always end with an explanation of why your side is right.
NAMI Ohio FY ’12 – ’13 Budget Advocacy Tool Kit
- • NAMI Ohio Budget Platform
• Budget Platform PowerPoint
• Draft Letter to Legislators
• Sample Legislative Advocacy Meeting Role Play
• Tips for Talking with Legislators
• Tips for Sharing Your Story with Others
• Tips for Writing a Letter to the Editor