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 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 and speak from the heart.
3.  Offer to be a resource for issues related to disability services. In addition, please contact ARRM if your legislator has further questions that you are unable to address (i.e. specific policy issues).
4.  Always thank your legislator for their time.

Messages for CEOs, Executive Directors, and Managers

  • Staff members are our most valuable asset. We invest in them when people's rates allow it.
  • Just like any business, the more stability we see, the more we can invest in creating new opportunities and support. People have to be able to afford services through their rates. This is reliant on rate stability.
  • 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 our community.

THE ASK: "We provide residential/program services to Minnesotans who are a part of disability and mental health communities. Over the past few years, turnover rates have increased. This has made it difficult to maintain qualified staff who provide these crucial services to people with disabilities in Minnesota. This year, please support the work of ARRM and the Best Life Alliance. Together, we can ensure the safety of those we serve."

Professional Caregivers/DSPs

  • I want people to see the value in my job. Respect people with disabilities by giving them 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. Staff should be empowered so they can assist those they serve in maximizing 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: "We provide support to Minnesotans who are a part of disability and mental health communities. People with disabilities deserve the right to know their rates for supportive services and staff will reflect the tremendous value delivered. This year, please support the work of ARRM and the Best Life Alliance. Together, we can create a more fair and 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 constantly changing staff has 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 by helping us to create a stronger 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 thrive because the supports I need get more expensive than I can afford. That hurts me and it hurts my community.

THE ASK:  "People with disabilities deserve the right to know their rates for supportive services and staff will reflect the tremendous value delivered. This year, please support the work of ARRM and the Best Life Alliance. Together, we can create a more fair and 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