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The Advocacy Center of Louisiana

If you are not familiar with The Advocacy Center of Louisiana it is important to learn about the resources they offer. The Advocacy Center is Louisiana's protection and advocacy system. Federal law requires that a protection and advocacy system operate in every state to protect the rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities. The Advocacy Center is also funded by the state to provide legal assistance to people residing in nursing homes in Louisiana, as well as to residents 60 years and older of Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Tammany Parishes (counties); and to advocate for the rights of group home residents. Among the diverse services offered are legal representation, information and referral, outreach and training.

Do you want to become a National Advocate?  This is a good place to start.

The National Council for Behavioral Health has a program called the the National Council Ambassador Network.  Ambassadors are their advocacy team. It is expected that you commit and devote time each year to building relationships with their elected officials. Because “all politics is local,” Ambassadors highlight the local impact of federal policies – and when votes come down to the wire, their relationships with legislators give them outsize influence in tipping the scales.

Through a virtual headquarters , National Council Ambassadors will find everything they need to be effective advocates, including background on key issues, one-page briefings to leave with legislators and staff, insider news and updates, and advanced advocacy tips.

The National Council Ambassador Network is open to anyone who shares our passion for strengthening the behavioral health safety net through advocacy and will take a few extra hours each year to cultivate relationships with U.S. lawmakers. If you wish to join 
click here to get started!

More information
Learn more about the National Council Ambassadors Network
Resources for Ambassadors

You can also contact Virginia Lawrence at  I am serving as 2015-2016 Ambassador.

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