Partners in Policymaking promotes:
Partners in Policymaking (PIP) is a national model of advocacy and leadership training. Alaska’s PIP Program is funded through the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and has been designed for Trust beneficiaries and their families. This project identifies individuals from around the state who have not held a leadership position and helps them develop advocacy and leadership skills to improve the lives of Trust beneficiaries.
Recruitment for PIP Internship(s)
If you would like to know more about advocacy, how to make a real difference in your community or around the state, consider applying for the Partners in Policymaking Internship program! The internship programs are blended 6 session non-credit courses, which include weekly online sessions and a three-day face-to-face seminar in Anchorage.
Interns receive support for project activities, as well as funding for travel expenses to participate in project activities. On-going technical assistance from program staff is provided to all present and past interns.
Partners in Policymaking I Internship provides training in self-determination and individual advocacy. You will learn the basic advocacy skills necessary to create change in your own life and gain knowledge to become more successful in peer advocacy.
Partners in Policymaking II Internship is focused on public policy, advocacy and leadership development. Interns will have opportunities to apply their skills in local and state advocacy activities. Applicants for Partners in Policymaking II are expected to have successfully completed the Partners in Policymaking I internship.
What you learn
The Partners in Policymaking internship is a training opportunity designed for individuals with disabilities, behavioral/mental health disorders, elders, people with long-term care needs, and family members. As a participant you will learn to be an effective advocate for yourself or for someone you care about.
What you get
Coordinating the I Vote! I Count! Campaign
To empower Alaskans with disabilities and other Alaska Mental Health Beneficiaries to become active voters and part of the political process by eliminating voting barriers, promoting awareness of the voting process and helping people access their right to vote.
I Vote! I Count! Campaign activities:
Why is Voting important? Voting is self-advocacy in action.
How important is YOUR vote?
The #1 reason people do not vote is they feel their vote doesn’t matter. What possible difference could it make?
Funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Alaska State Legislature
The Alaska State Legislature website is the place to track bills, locate and contact your legislators, and provide daily legislative schedules.
Alaska Legislative Publications
Alaska Legislative publications, contact lists, and legislative information.
Governor Parnell's office
Up-to-date information on the current Governor of Alaska.
CAPWIZ provides an internet tool that links Alaskans with their policy-makers supported by Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and partner boards within Alaska.
Health & Social Services Commissioner Office
Information on current Commissioner of Health & Social Services, William J. Streur.
Alaska State Public Opinion Message System
Alaska State Public Opinion Message System allows you to send a 50 word message to some or all legislators.
Gavel Alaska is a service of KTOO-TV Juneau and provides live and taped coverage of the Alaska Legislature, the Administration and the Alaska Supreme Court.
Bill Activity, Status, and Inquiry System (BASIS)
BASIS is designed to help the public access legislative information.
Disability.gov connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
Interactive Disability Rights Timeline
Disability Law Center of Alaska
The Disability Law Center of Alaska is an independent non-profit law firm providing legal advocacy for people with disabilities anywhere in Alaska.
Lore – Online Course Management
Lore is where interns will access information during there internship.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, is a catalyst for change and improvement in the systems that serve Trust beneficiaries, who include people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders, Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, and traumatic brain injury that results in permanent brain injury.
Living Proof Advocacy
Living Proof is the first comprehensive guide to telling your personal story as an effective advocate for your cause or organization.
Community Tool Box – Advocacy Planning & Support
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.