SERVING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY SINCE 1968
Contact your legislators on behalf of Gilead’s clients.
Feel free to use any or all the language from this letter prepared by Gilead’s CEO Dan Osborne.
Don’t know your legislators, we can help.
Follow these simple steps to find your legislators and email them directly.
Click here to visit the Connecticut General Assembly “Find Your Legislators” page. A new tab will appear. Follow these simple steps. You can transition back and forth to the Gilead page and the Connecticut General Assembly page to follow these instructions.
To find your legislator, follow these simple steps on the Connecticut General Assembly “Find Your Legislators” page:
- Select your town.
- Select your street name.
- Enter the number of your home.
- Your local legislators will be listed on the new screen.
To email your legislator directly, follow these simple steps.
- Select Title (Contact) next to a legislator’s name.
- An email window will pop up addressed to that legislator.
- Note in the subject line the bill(s) you will address in your email.
- Feel free to copy any portion of CEO Dan Osborne’s letter located here.
Gilead advocating for quality mental health services with State Senator Art Linares.
Legislative Advocacy Sample Letter
My name is ____________________ and I (work at/receive services from/support) Gilead Community Services. Gilead is a private non-profit organization that provides a full continuum of community mental health services including residential supports throughout Middlesex County. Last year, Gilead served over 600 individuals and employed over 200 staff.
I wanted to personally THANK YOU for supporting the thousands of individuals who benefit from community-based human services! The funding that you prioritize in the budget supports life-sustaining programs that serve adults, children and families with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Recently, The Nonprofit Alliance released projections that show the State would save $1.3 billion over five fiscal years by shifting more human service programs to community nonprofits while protecting thousands of children, families, seniors and individuals with complex needs, who rely on those services.
I would like to meet with you or talk on the phone to discuss this report and why community services mean so much to me. Programs provided by community nonprofits can help solve the State’s budget deficit. Saving money while delivering more services through nonprofits provides a pathway to continue serving hundreds of thousands of citizens while helping balance the budget. Community based human service providers can be part of the solution, and I urge you to consider this structural change.
By supporting full funding for human services, you are ensuring that you, your family, friends, neighbors and constituents have access to the high quality care when it is needed most!
Thank you again for your support!
Legislative Bills Impacting Gilead Clients
Every year, the Connecticut General Assembly considers a wide variety of proposed legislation, referred to as “legislative bills”. Some of these bills have the capacity to impact Gilead clients and their families.
These proposed bills may reflect legislators’ special concerns or be introduced at the request of constituents, organizations, executive branch agencies, or other government agencies. Most bills, if passed, become public acts or laws impacting Connecticut citizens and/or businesses.
The Connecticut General Assembly is currently not in session. More information about the General Assembly and how the legislative process in Connecticut works can be accessed by visiting www.cga.ct.gov.
Gilead Community Services’ first priority is to provide the best mental health care in Middlesex County.
In order to achieve this, we must ensure that our legislators are aware of what our clients face on a day-to-day basis, and what is most important to their lives. The following is a list of Gilead’s current legislative priorities.
- Please support full funding for Human Services in Connecticut!
- Human services are CORE services that serve more than 500,000 individuals.
- The state cannot seek to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable
- Please reject any budget that cuts vital Human Services and threatens thousands of jobs!
- The budget is a reflection of the priorities we hold as a state; Legislators must prioritize services for children, families and individuals in need!
- Encourage Legislators to consider that as they head into election season this fall, they will seek support from your constituents, who undoubtedly receive community based services.
The Alliance, Voice of Community Nonprofits, has published its 2017 Public Policy Agenda and the Nonprofit Survey Results. Please click on the document title for more information.