Advocacy is the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal: the act or process of advocating for something or someone. In practical terms, advocacy is a form of problem-solving. It is finding the best way to improve a situation:
- Protect the rights of people to receive fair, equal, and human treatment.
- Improve services, eligibility, and enhance service quality.
- Ensure adequate funding is made available for valuable services that improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The resources provided were developed with the goal of helping people educate their legislators and fellow community members about the positive impact Michigan's public mental health system has on all of its residents. Questions or suggestions about these materials can be emailed to our team.
- Michigan Voter Information Center
- Oakland County 2023 Legislator Contact Information (PDF)
- Ambassador / Advocacy Toolkit (PDF)
- OCHN Workgroups
- Legislative Contact Information (PDF)
- Recorded State Meetings
- Michigan Association of Community Mental Health
Take Action Now! Let members of the Legislature know you expect them to protect Michigan’s most vulnerable residents by ensuring adequate compensation for the state’s Direct Care Workers.
Prioritize & Protect Mental Health Services
The impact of current, integrated physical and public mental health supports for people living with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and substance use disorders reach far beyond those directly receiving services - strengthening Michigan’s communities and inspiring hope.
- Behavioral Health Homes and Opioid Health Homes (PDF)
- CareConnect (PDF)
- How We Are Funded (PDF)
- Integrated Healthcare Infograph (PDF)
- Justice Service Navigation for Advocacy (PDF)
- National Committee for Quality Assurance Service Rating Card Final (PDF)
- Public Versus Public Health Care Comparison (PDF)