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Dear CSAA Board Members, 

Our Annual Congress is this Friday, April 27th at the TRW Building 3rd Floor Conference Room (we usually meet on the 2nd floor, so be sure to make it to the top floor!)

A lot of details have been handled in an effort to provide a good program and to have qualified nominees for the open positions on the Board, but…  


1.  Fill up your car.  If you're driving, please invite consumers, family members and/or providers from your area.  This is critical as we are going to be needing feedback from each area as to what is working, what's not working and what's needed.  The Congress is THE PLACE for these people to be heard.  I know there are enough Consumers in each area and having the opportunity to see what we do and let us know what they need is critical to our success.   

2.  Be welcoming.  A couple of our members have been recruited to act as Greeters and to "police" the hallways as we must keep them free of people "hanging out" in consideration of the workers on that floor.  Please take it upon yourself to welcome any one you don't know and make them feel "at home."  Check to see if they have a name tag, coffee or any questions.

3.  Come prepared and focused.  We've known that we need to identify our 2013 Legislative Priorities and this Congress will allow us to not only benefit from your feedback, but from our Guests as well.  I have created a handout that gives the Legislative Priorities from 3 other Mental Health Groups to get the conversation started.  So give some thought to what YOUR COMMUNITY needs so we can start the discussion to determine what the CSAA feels are the priorities in our area.  

4.  Enjoy!  I hate to be missing the meeting but know that I will be there in spirit.  Relax, enjoy our guests and help in any way to make this a wonderful experience for the Board and our guests.  






Alicia Smith
President, Central Service Area Authority (CSAA)
Representative, NAMI National Consumer Council
Consumer Representative, NAMI Montana Board Member

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