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Advocacy Subcommittee Layout (at a Minimum)
Chair: Contact between Leadership Team and Advocacy Subcommittee, submits any activities subcommittee members have decided on to Leadership for final approval during GIN meeting. Representative for the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health Meeting of the Legislative and Policy Committee. Carries out the tasks for maintaining and executing the goals and objectives set forth in the Annual Plan and Budget for the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT). Responds to emails from membership. Writes articles for the eNewsletter. Assists Advocacy Subcommittee in working within an annual budget that is approved by WAMFT Leadership. Works with treasurer on CE authorizations and budget items. Drafts contracts with chair-elect and treasurer on upcoming speakers, venues, catering, etc. Creates via website and attends monthly Advocacy Subcommittee meetings. Attends GIN meetings (minimum once every two months). Commits 10-15 hours a month.
Advocacy Subcommittee Chair: Writes articles for the eNewsletter on past and upcoming legislative events, calls for action, and laws passed related to Mental Health topics. Provides Networking subcommittee with content for social media and WAMFT WI Members Forum. Hosts Advocacy Subcommittee meeting once a month or add comments to agenda if unable to attend. Attends GIN Meetings at a minimum once every two months. Commits about 5 hours a month.
Liaison to the AAMFT Family TEAM member and to the MPSW Joint Board Representative: Introduces self, creates a relationship with, and maintains a relationship with the designated AAMFT Family TEAM member and the designated MPSW Joint Board representatives. Attends Advocacy Subcommittee meetings or add comments to agenda if unable to attend. Tries to attend Advocacy Subcommittee meetings every other month at a minimum. Commits 2-4 hours a month.
Legislative Action Presenter: Reads through drafted legislation and reports to Chair if a response appears required. Works with Lobbyist to understand legislative issues and if "calls to action" are required. Researches additional topics and writes reports that can be taken to Chair, GIN leadership, the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health Meeting of the Legislative and Policy Committee, membership, or those within the legislator. Attends Advocacy Subcommittee meetings or add comments to agenda if unable to attend. Tries to attend Advocacy Subcommittee meetings every other month at a minimum. Commits 4-6 hours a month.