There are many ways you can contribute to the Advocacy Subcommittee. Read the positions below and consider what your role might be. After reading and feeling interested in becoming involved, then reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Representative for the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health Meeting of the Legislative and Policy Committee. Carry out the tasks for maintaining and executing the goals and objectives set forth on an annual basis for the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT). Respond to emails from membership. Write articles for the newsletter on subcommittee events and updates. Assist Advocacy Subcommittee in working within an annual budget that is approved by the WAMFT Leadership Committee. Work with treasurer on CEU authorizations and budget items. Draft contracts with Chair-Elect on upcoming speakers, venues, catering, etc. Hold monthly Advocacy Subcommittee meetings. Attend GIN meetings (minimum once every two months). Commit 10-15 hours a month.
Advocacy Subcommittee Chair: Attend the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health Meeting of the Legislative and Policy Committee as a guest and update membership on news from the legislator. Write articles for the newsletter on past and upcoming legislative events, calls for action, and laws passed related to Mental Health topics. Provide Networking subcommittee with content for social media and WAMFT member forums. Add and update content on website. Host Advocacy Subcommittee once a month meetings and try to attend GIN Meetings at a minimum once every two months. Commit about 10 hours a month.
Liaison to the AAMFT Family TEAM member and to the MPSW Joint Board Representative: Introduce yourself, create a relationship with, and maintain a relationship with the designated AAMFT Family TEAM member and the designated MPSW Joint Board representative. Attend Advocacy Subcommittee meetings or add comments to agenda if unable to attend. Try to attend Advocacy Subcommittee meetings every other month at a minimum. Commit 2-3 hours a month.
Legislative Action Presenter: Read through drafted legislation and report on if Chair needs to provide a response, work with Lobbyist to understand legislative issues, and if calls to actions are required. Research additional topics and write reports that can be taken to the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health Meeting of the Legislative and Policy Committee, membership, or those within the legislator. Attend Advocacy Subcommittee meetings or add comments to agenda if unable to attend. Try to attend Advocacy Subcommittee meetings every other month at a minimum. Commit 4-6 hours a month.