In advance of the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature, an ABCs of Advocacy training will be held in Austin on Monday, November 5.
The session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. in the Legislative Conference Center of the state capitol building, 1100 Congress Avenue.
The event is designed to increase advocacy skills to help expand access in Texas to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
“We want to demystify the legislative process and teach simple, yet powerful, action steps to shape policy and influence the lawmaking process,” says Sherri Layton, La Hacienda’s Outpatient Services Administrator.
Active in promoting advocacy at all levels of government, Sherri helped organize the first ABCs of Advocacy, which drew 150 participants in 2017.
The event will include interactive and role-playing exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones as they will learn how to leverage technology in their advocacy efforts.
“People who take this instruction should confidently walk out with a personalized advocacy plan and next steps,” says Sherri.
Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch. The event counts as five hours of continuing education. There is a seating limit, early registration is recommended online at www.recoverypeople.org.
Sponsors for ABCs of Advocacy are the Association of Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP), the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) and RecoveryPeople, a peer and family led nonprofit that supports people in recovery.