Tuesday, May 21, 2013

NAMI Needs all our help!

Hello everyone!
Here is an email/letter template to send to your legislators on important mental health items in Governor Walker’s budget proposal. The Joint Finance Committee is currently reviewing the proposal and we need to make our voices heard while there is still time! Many legislators have told us that it only takes 5 constituents to speak out on an issue for them to pay attention and take action. Only 5!!!
Go to www.legis.wisconsin.gov , click on “Who Represents Me?” and type in your address to find your state representative and senator.
Subject line: Protect Mental Health in the Budget
Dear Senator/Representative_____________,
I am a member (or supporter) of NAMI____(your affiliate name or NAMI Wisconsin), part of the nation’s largest grassroots organization on mental health. I am writing today to ask for your support for
· Governor Walker’s $29 million mental health initiative
· Medicaid expansion up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL)
I am_____(your experience with mental illness: an individual living with a mental illness/family member of someone with a mental illness/provider of mental health services/someone who advocates for people with mental illness, etc) so I have first-hand experience with the struggles faced by thousands of Wisconsinites in the mental health system. Without mental health services, ____(I, my loved one, the people I serve) would not be able lead a fulfilling life. Your support for a Medicaid expansion up to 133% of FPL and for Governor Walker’s mental health initiative will allow many other individuals the same opportunity for health and well-being.
Your help is needed to expand services for people with mental illness and their communities. Can I count on your support for the Governor’s mental health initiative and the acceptance of federal funds to expand Medicaid? Please let me know where you stand on these issues.
Thank you for taking the time to read this ___(letter/email) and for your attention to mental health care. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your position on these issues.
Your name
Your home address (this is crucial because it shows that you are their constituent)
Please let me know if you have questions or need assistance.
Thank you for your dedication and leadership in mental health advocacy!
Your voice matters!
*If you would prefer not to receive these state advocacy alerts, please reply to this email with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject line*
Wishing you well,
Annabelle Potvin
Advocate and Training Specialist
NAMI Wisconsin
4233 W. Beltline Hwy.
Madison, WI, 53711
NAMI Wisconsin works to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental illnesses and to promote recovery.

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