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Feb
06

How to Contact Your Montana Legislators

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We encourage your active participation in our Legislative process.  Below are some resources to make sure your voice is heard.

How to Contact Your Montana Legislators

NOTE:  In Montana our Senators and Representatives don’t have staff.  In most instances you’ll be communicating directly with them.  

Send a message to a http://leg.mt.gov/css/sessions/63rd/legwebmessage.asp.  This is an online form as the State doesn’t publish email addresses.  You may be able to find your Representative’s email through other channels.  But this form works although you must submit for each person you want to communicate with.  It’s not hard but it’s a little clunky.

Call and leave a message with the Legislative Help Desk at 406-444-4800.  Messages will be delivered to committees, even as they are meeting.

NAMI Montana’s site has a good overview of what’s happening.  http://www.namimt.org/legislature.html

NAMI Smarts Advocacy training.  NAMI offers a free 90-minute training in how to advocate for mental health services.  As with all NAMI programs, this is offered free of charge.  To arrange to have this training for your group please email alicia@aliciasmith.com.  We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.  This training has been offered at Conferences, Board meetings, Drop in Centers, Churches; any group that is interested in learning how to share their story as a means of advocating.  Our stories are powerful.  When we learn how to write our stories so others can begin to understand the extent of the need for help in the mental health systems.  The goal is to add many more voices being heard in our communities, and in local, Regional, State and National forums.  Recovery is possible and we can speak out about the value of these programs.

NAMI National also offers a fabulous resource at http://capwiz.com/nami/home.  Enter your zip code or state and look up your representatives.

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If you are planning to tell you story here is a 7 Step Handout to help you prepare your story.

Handout:  Seven Steps to Telling Your Story

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Nov
26

Winter Driving Conditions

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Since winter weather is upon us, I'd like to remind you that the CSAA Resources page has a link to the winter weather on Montana's Mountain passes.  This service is provided by the Montana Department of Transportation .  So, if you're uncertain about driving in winter weather, check out this resource  before hitting the road.  It can be found alphabetically under the Videos/Photos heading.

Montana State Highway Cameras

If you need to cut & paste the link here it is:  http://rwis.mdt.mt.gov/scanweb/SWFrame.asp?Pageid=CamSummary&Units=English&Groupid=150000&Siteid=&Senid=&Wxid=&Mapid=&DisplayClass=Java&SenType=All&HEndDate=&Zoneid=&Mode=&Sprayerid=&Dvid=&CD=3%2F9%2F2007+8%3A40%3A03+AM

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