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Members receive customized Grassroots Toolkit

MHCA recently emailed a Grassroots Toolkit for the 129th Legislative session to each member facility's administrator. In it, MHCA provided members with the contact information and photos for members' individual Representative and Senator based on where the facility is located. We also included contact information, including email addresses, for Legislative Leadership, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee. These are the lawmakers with whom we interact most frequently.
 
Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the members of the 129th Legislature, the Committees and let us know of any personal or professional relationship you may have with key policymakers. This can be very helpful to MHCA staff as we lobby at the State House. It is also a good time to invite legislators into your homes to educate them about what you do.
 
The toolkit also included the following links to resources that are housed electronically under the Advocacy tab on MHCA's web site (www.mehca.org):
 
Community Forums and Facility Tours
Testifying at a State Legislative Hearing
The Ten Informal Rules of Lobbying
 
For up-to-date information on the Maine House of Representatives, Senate, hearings, Committees, bill status, etc., please visit the Maine Legislature link anytime: http://legislature.maine.gov/.
 
This toolkit effectively replaces the hard copy MHCA Grassroots Manual. As always, we will issue action alerts as needed and continue to keep you informed of legislative happenings via email and the MHCA E-News. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at ngrosso@mehca.org.
 
Staff Contact:
Nadine Grosso
Vice President &
Director of Communications
ngrosso@mehca.org