FACES & VOICES OF RECOVERY PUBLICATIONS
Here are step-by-step instructions for holding an effective town hall meeting, one way that your organization can use The Recovery Bill of Rights and the Recovery Voices Count campaign to mobilize and organize support for new attitudes and policies to support addiction recovery in your community.
For many years, town hall meetings have been an important tool to inform citizens about emerging issues, gauge where a community stands and identify and implement solutions to a problem. They are also a great way to get your message across to the public by generating news media coverage, jump start your local advocacy efforts and identify people who you can involve in your organization’s activities in the future.
For some of us, it was useful to get help for our addiction by getting clinical treatment. In the past, effective treatment hasn’t always been readily available or affordable and it has been separate from the traditional health care system. Whether or not we have had treatment, most of us need support and help from others to sustain our recovery.
Recovery advocates can work with allies in their states, to help ensure that critical peer recovery support services will be included as part of their state’s Essential Health Benefits.
Faces & Voices of Recovery joined 415 other organizations in sharing our concerns with Congress about the American Health Care Act. The AHCA’s proposed changes to our health care system will result in reductions in health care coverage, particularly for vulnerable populations including those suffering from addiction and mental illness. We told Congress that we cannot support the bill in its current form. See full-text of the letter here.