Grassroots Messages

Frame your conversations in the context of the value -- or importance -- of what you do for your community and people. Talk about this value often and with conviction, so that the public and elected officials understand the necessity of quality, person-centered services for Minnesotans with disabilities. Remember: The goal of grassroots advocacy is to put a human face on the issue.

Four things to remember when talking to your legislator:

1.  Always begin with: “I am your constituent … ”
2.  Be authentic; speak from the heart.
3.  Offer to be a resource on disability issues. In addition, please contact ARRM if your legislator has further questions that you aren’t able to address (like policy issues).
4.  Thank your legislator for their time.

Messages for CEOs, executive directors, and managers

  • Staff are our most valuable asset. We invest in them when people's rates allow it.
  • Just like any business, the more stability we see in what people will be able to afford for services through their rates, the more we can invest in creating new opportunities and support for them.
  • When we can afford to properly support people's needs and goals, they are able to do more, our staff are able to do more, and the results impact the community

THE ASK: "Over the past few years, providers have been a part of the solution to resolving state budget problems. However, high turnover rates have made it difficult for  providers to maintain the consistent, qualified staff needed to continue to provide high-quality services to people with disabilities in Minnesota. This year, please support ARRM and the Best Life Alliance in passing legislation that works to stabilize the rate setting system."

Professional caregivers/DSPs

  • I want my job to have value for people. Respect people with disabilities by giving them the dignity of the power to know they can afford the value of my support.
  • I help people achieve amazing things every day. Reimbursement rates should give people with disabilities more than just the bare minimum of support, but empowering supports that help them maximize their abilities.
  • When people can access the full support they need to be independent and maximize their abilities, I benefit through better wages and more meaningful work.

THE ASK: "People with disabilities deserve the dignity and confidence to know their rates for supportive services and staff will reflect the tremendous value delivered. Please support ARRM and the Best Life Alliance and pass legislation this year to create a stronger, fairer and more stable system for people with disabilities and the direct care staff who support them."

Family members
Talk about your family member(s) and the life they are able to lead because of the services they receive. (Use ARRM's grassroots tool for families to help you organize and illustrate your key points.)

Discuss the impact of constantly changing staff on the lives of your family member(s).

THE ASK: "High staff turnover has a negative impact on my loved one. Please support ARRM and the Best Life Alliance and pass legislation this year to create a stronger, fairer and more stable system for people with disabilities and the direct care staff who support them"

Self-advocates

  • I am not a charity case; I have abilities and value. Give me the power to afford the support I need to thrive.
  • I shouldn't lose out on the opportunity to make the most of myself because the supports I need get more expensive than I can afford. That hurts me and my community.

THE ASK:  "People with disabilities deserve the dignity and confidence to know their rates for supportive services and staff will reflect the tremendous value delivered. Please support ARRM and the Best Life Alliance and pass legislation this year to create a stronger, fairer and more stable system for people with disabilities and the direct care staff who support them."


For more information:
Sara Grafstrom, 
Director of State and Federal Policy
sgrafstrom@arrm.org
651-291-1086, ext. 8