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Title: ADVOCACY 201


1
ADVOCACY 201
  • AIRS Conference
  • Bob Blancato
  • May 24, 2010

2
Welcome
  • Welcome to Advocacy 201
  • Named in recognition of those who attended last
    years session-Advocacy 101
  • Session will cover some of the basics and also
    add some enhancements and possibly a role play
    example if time allows.

3
Advocacy vs. Lobbying
  • Come as public policy consultant to AIRS for the
    past several years and with that comes advocacy.
  • Distinguish between advocacy and lobbying as a
    starting point
  • Direct lobbying involves communication with a
    legislator that expresses a view about specific
    legislation. Communication meaning a call,
    letter, email, fax or other method.

4
  • Legislator-directly or with his/her staff or
    executive branch staff working on implementing
    legislation/initiative.
  • Expresses view about specific legislation pretty
    self explanatory

5
Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Public policy and advocacy take real commitment
    at all levels.
  • AIRS is fortunate to have a strong membership
    base and affiliate structure to aid in advocacy.
  • An advocacy and public policy plan has to be
    adaptable to changing times and issues.
  • Deficit reduction as an example.

6
Advocacy and 211
  • Advocacy is about having good information, being
    reliable, constant, realistic, always building
    relationships and working to become a resource.
  • We apply our advocacy work on different issues in
    unique ways.
  • Leading with 211-multi-pronged

7
Advocacy and 211 cont
  • At the National level there has been constant
    communication with co-sponsors including visits,
    emails that include a local angle with local
    2-1-1 data.
  • Work in collaboration with United Way and 211 US.
  • Affiliate Councils
  • Results this year in terms of building support
    has been great.
  • Moving the bill, not as great as of yet.

8
H.Res.187
  • Expressing support for the designation of May 7
    as National Information and Referral Services
    Day.
  • If 211 legislation were to move, the resolution
    could possibly be offered as an amendment to the
    bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

9
Other Issues
  • Taxonomy-working on this with NASUA nationally.
    Sent letter to CMS. http//www.airs.org/i4a/pages/
    index.cfm?pageid3380AIRS_211_LA_COUNTY_TAXONOMY_
    OF_HUMAN_SERVICES
  • FY 2011 Appropriation Funding for Title IIIB of
    the OAA (funds for IR.) Sent a letter of
    support to the Labor, Health and Human Services
    Appropriations Subcommittee urging a funding
    increase for IIIB

10
  • AIRS is involved in the OAA 2011 Reauthorization
    Process.
  • Bob Blancato testified at an Administration on
    Aging listening session in February 2010. Asked
    for better coordination and integration of IR
    and services in reauthorization language. Please
    email rblancato_at_matzblancato.com for the full
    statement.

11
Other Items
  • FCC and Broadband
  • 911 Legislation
  • FEMA and Disaster Legislation

12
Health Care Reform Bill
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    (PPACA)-AIRS could possibly play a role in
    implementation.
  • Elder Justice Act
  • Extension of ADRCs

13
Relationship Building
  • We urge you to become involved with AIRS public
    policy and advocacy. Please visit our public
    policy page at http//www.airs.org/i4a/pages/index
    .cfm?pageid3380 or email rblancato_at_matzblancato.c
    om.
  • All politics are local.

14
Role Play Exercise
  • Volunteers?
  • Capitol Hill Staff Member and YOU an Advocate!
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