Category Archives: Call-To-Action(s)

#PeerVoice | Blue Sky Wellness Center Changes, Peers Respond

Peer and #PeersAtTheTable Campaign Extraordinaire, Ashli Moore, interviews folks at Blue Sky Wellness Center about the changes made to services and support.

Um, to note, peers aren’t thrilled.

#nothingaboutuswithoutus #peersatthetable



Take Action | Members of Congress are coming home – Hold Representatives Accountable in Town Hall Meetings [ASAN]

asanRight now, the Senate is in session in Washington, DC, working to take health care away from millions of Americans.

United States CongressNext week, your Members of Congress will be back in their home states and districts, holding town halls and office appointments with constituents. This is the perfect time to voice your opinions, hold your representatives accountable, and remind them that they work for you! Continue reading Take Action | Members of Congress are coming home – Hold Representatives Accountable in Town Hall Meetings [ASAN]

Take Action | Your Members of Congress are coming home – make sure they hear from you! [ASAN]

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Right now, the Senate is in session in Washington, DC, working to take health care away from millions of Americans.

Next week, your Members of Congress will be back in their home states and districts, holding town halls and office appointments with constituents. This is the perfect time to voice your opinions, hold your representatives accountable, and remind them that they work for you!

Health care is one of the most important topics you can talk about with your Members of Congress. Millions of people with disabilities rely on Medicaid to get the health care they need – and Medicaid is under threat.

Yesterday, we received the new CBO score for the House-passed ACA repeal bill, and learned that it still cuts $834 billion from Medicaid. That’s not all–on Tuesday, we also learned that the President’s proposed budget cuts an additional $610 billion from Medicaid funding.

Together, these changes would cut the Medicaid program in half within 10 years, putting millions of Americans’ health care — and lives — at risk. Continue reading Take Action | Your Members of Congress are coming home – make sure they hear from you! [ASAN]

Badass Firefly Sheds Some Light On NAMI Board Candidate Jaffe


Badass Firefly Writes | I have followed DJ on Facebook for many years. I find his mentalillnesspolicy.org website amazing in it’s breadth and depth. A lot of his positions are backed by data, science, and very careful policy analysis.

Continue reading Badass Firefly Sheds Some Light On NAMI Board Candidate Jaffe

#PeersAtTheTable | Anon Letter by Previously Homeless Blue Sky Member

Letter | #PeerVoice

blueskymainI was referred to Blue Sky Wellness Center as a homeless person with major depression anxiety.

This center, where peer support is encouraged, is a resource center not all communities have. Within it I found a safe haven where I could work on my whole health and find housing. Their acceptance helped me regain my wellness and learn to be able to advocate for myself and my community. Continue reading #PeersAtTheTable | Anon Letter by Previously Homeless Blue Sky Member

#PeerVoice | Blue Sky Wellness Center: We Want Our Home Back | 156 Peer Signatures

Ashli Moore
Ashli Moore >>  Badass Community Organizer | AmericanBadassAdvocates.org

A letter written by advocate and peer, Ashli Moore, was submitted to the editor at The Fresno Bee.

She wrote the letter to highlight #peervoice about the changes at Blue Sky Wellness Center in Fresno, CA.

That letter is not available to be read yet — but here are the signatures from our community of peers asking the County of Fresno and Kingsview Behavioral Health Systems to put #PeersAtTheTable and bring back our home. Continue reading #PeerVoice | Blue Sky Wellness Center: We Want Our Home Back | 156 Peer Signatures

Call-to-Action | Fresno County Put Peers At The Table #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

By Eve Hinson, Badass Founder & Contributor | AmericanBadassAdvocates.org >> @badassadvocate | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr

Blue Sky Wellness Center was a refuge for me after my discharge from the psych ward for suicide compulsion in 2012.

When becoming a member, I was treated with respect and assured of a stigma-free zone. The reassurance, support and community has saved my life multiple times.

Today, I still find support in the network of peers I met then, and many have become a part of my extended family. More so, we’ve supported each other in our wellness journey, learned to share our stories via Each Mind Matters speaker training (2014) — and many of us have gone on to become certified as peer mentors, support specialists, educators, and a few have even returned to the workforce full-time.

Painfully, the culture and attitude of Blue Sky Wellness center has changed since my years of participation. Kingsview Behavioral Health Systems has disintegrated the peer-led recovery model to integrate a top-down management medical model. This has been done without the involvement of the center’s peer advisory council. Peers are being informed that it’s the City of Fresno demanding these changes. Something about them being out of compliance all these years and now needing to conform. Continue reading Call-to-Action | Fresno County Put Peers At The Table #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

Take Action: #ProtectOurCare Postcard Center [ASAN]

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking you to get involved in our fight to defend health care. Your advocacy has been amazing – you’ve called your Members of Congress, attended town halls, and taken to social media to stand up for your right to access health care.

Now, we’re pleased to announce the release of a few new tools to help you contact your Members of Congress by mail.

We’ve created some templates and talking points that you can use to ask your Members of Congress to #ProtectOurCare. If you need more information about how to format or address your letter or postcard, check out our factsheet on writing to elected officials.


Click on the links below to download the templates:

Templates

Our templates are fillable, so you can type your message or handwrite it after you print out your postcard, whichever works for you. You can use the talking points below to help you write your message. We encourage you to snap a picture with your postcard or letter and share it on social media using the hashtag #ProtectOurCare. Continue reading Take Action: #ProtectOurCare Postcard Center [ASAN]

Did your Rep abandon mental health during #mentalhealthmonth? (NAMI)

NAMI_logoThe House voted May 4th to pass the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. The AHCA rips apart America’s safety net, Medicaid, and will result in millions of Americans losing mental health coverage by 2026.

Let Congress know how you feel. While you’re at it, tell your Senators #DontCutOurCare.

If your Representative stood up for mental health care and voted no, we have a nice thank you for you to send.

If your Representative voted yes to slash mental health coverage, we have a letter expressing disappointment. As always, you can personalize the message.

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