Advocacy 101: Understanding and Navigating Today’s Legislative Landscape
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Tuesday August 10th 2- 3 pm Eastern Time
In May of 2021, President Biden introduced the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, which included – for the first time in history – a 10% set-aside for recovery support services in the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant. What does this mean for recovery advocates and how do we make sure that Congress passes the budget with the set-aside for recovery? Webinar attendees will gain a basic understanding of the federal legislative process to help make sure the voice of recovery advocates are heard loud and clear. By developing advocacy skills and effectively communicating ideas and concerns to legislators our community can further become a constituency of consequence!
Presenter: Carol McDaid, Capitol Decisions
Carol McDaid serves as Principal at Capitol Decisions, Inc. Capitol Decisions has a special expertise in addiction and mental health policy. For over two decades, Ms. McDaid has worked with leading drug and alcohol treatment centers, addiction physicians, prevention and consumer organizations and mental health consumer and provider organizations to refine public policy addressing addiction and mental health.
With over 25 years of Federal legislative experience in Washington, Ms. McDaid provides clients with public affairs consulting on issues that span the breadth of health care, including behavioral health, Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector reimbursement issues.
Ms. McDaid served as a strategist and advisor to the Parity NOW Coalition, which was influential in passage of the 2008 “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.” This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally.
To make a difference at the local level, in 2004, Ms. McDaid co-founded the McShin Foundation in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, John Shinholser. McShin is the leading non-profit, full-service recovery community organization committed to serving individuals and families in and seeking recovery from addiction in the State of Virginia. McShin offers peer-to-peer recovery support services that include recovery coaching/mentoring and housing.
Because Ms. McDaid personally struggled with addiction, she understands the challenges, political and personal, of dealing with alcohol and drug issues. She is a founding Board Member of Faces and Voices of Recovery and currently serves on the Board of Young People in Recovery. In 2007, she received the Johnson Institute’s America Honors Recovery Award.
Moderated by: Kristen Harper, Director of Recovery Innovation, Faces & Voices of Recovery
Hosted by: National Recovery Organization Council (NROC)- Faces & Voices of Recovery, Association for Recovery in Higher Education, Association of Recovery Schools, National Alliance for Recovery Residences, Association of Alternative Peer Group Programs
This webinar series is sponsored by Alkermes.