Select up to
four persons who will meet with the legislator.
a group leader for this discussion. The leader should be a person who can
best discuss the proposed budget.
Meet as a group
prior to the meeting with the legislator.
Review and use
the talking points to make the presentation.
Make a request
that the meeting take place in the legislatorís local office.
yourself as a representative of the local NAMI Affiliate.
what NAMI is if they are not familiar.
30 minutes. But accept time that is offered. Be respectful of Legislatorís
state office regarding any meetings that are scheduled.
Agree to a
meeting with staff if legislator is not available. This meeting should be
handled as if you are meeting with the legislator. Remember that this person
is an extension of the official and should be respected.
presentation to 10 minutes. Remember not to compete with one another. Let
selected speaker lead conversation. SUPPORT one another. The focus should
be on the budget.
questions as presented. Do not present yourselves as budget experts or
mental health clinical experts. If you do not have an answer indicate that
you do not know, but that you will get back with additional information.
Credibility is essential to be effective. Do not make any
recommendations regarding cuts to specific programs or support one program
or agency over another.
the legislator commit to support the NAMI position to restore cuts. Note:
you may not get a firm commitment. Do not become aggressive.
you do not get a commitment of support, reiterate that we appreciate their
consideration of our position. Ask if they need additional information.
Ask to be kept
in loop so that you are informed when a decision is made.
information about NAMI to meeting. Include membership information. Request
that legislator make NAMI information available in their office.
the time and location of the next affiliate meeting and invite the
legislator to attend and speak.
legislator or staff member and indicate that you will brief your membership
regarding the meeting.
office of outcome and follow up of meeting.