Before the current pandemic, Outpatient Services Administrator Sherri Layton was scheduled to talk about advocacy at a national conference in San Diego. She will instead speak to the now-digital event via the Internet on Wednesday afternoon, June 24.
Sherri will address the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) National Collegiate Recovery Conference on the topic “Advocating for Change: Adding our Voices to the State and National Conversations about Addiction and Recovery.”
It’s a subject she knows well, as both an advocate for treatment and recovery issues at all levels of government and as one who trains other advocates.
Working with Elected Officials
In her talk, available only to registered conference participants, Sherri will:
- Describe ways to begin and further a relationship with elected officials;
- Explain the importance of engaging in the policy conversation as a constituent – in the role of a person in recovery, service provider, student, and voter;
- Discuss current state and national policy and legislative issues pertinent to those in recovery and family members, treatment providers, recovery support organizations, and collegiate recovery communities;
- Help listeners plan three or four activities to connect with legislators locally to build a relationship.
Association Promotes Collegiate Programs
ARHE is a network of professionals, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and policymakers. It represents collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students. The association provides education, resources, and community connection needed to inhance recovering student’s lives.
Last year the annual ARHE conference honored La Hacienda Treatment Center with an award for philanthropy.
In addition to treating young adults–at our residential center in Hunt and outpatient centers in Austin and College Station—La Hacienda also invests in their education. For 16 years, the treatment center has provided scholarships to students in recovery at the University of Texas at Austin.