Advocacy

2016 Assisted Living Advocacy Day

Advocacy—like Assisted Living—requires both an energetic nature and a strong sense of purpose. As members gathered together last week at CALA’s 2016 Assisted Living Advocacy Day, the room was filled with the same purposeful and energized nature that our members bring to service and care they provide for residents each day.

“It is an amazing process and time spent with like-minded professionals. I like watching how Advocacy Day has grown over time!” ~Event Attendee

Heather Harrison, CALA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Public Affairs, and Erin Levi, CALA’s lobbyist, briefed attendees on pending legislation with CALA members and helped them prepare for discussions.

"Time to assist the CALA team in talking to legislators is so important. it also helps me stay on top of what is going on in our industry."

“Time to assist the CALA team in talking to legislators is so important. it also helps me stay on top of what is going on in our industry.”

Close to 150 CALA members then brought their energy and dedication to the State Capitol to share with close to 90 legislative offices, informing lawmakers about the real concerns and needs of providers and residents.

"I loved speaking to the legislators and their staff about what we do every day."

“I loved speaking to the legislators and their staff about what we do every day.” ~Event Attendee

That afternoon, we honored two CALA members as 2015 Advocates of the Year. By participating in CALA’s advocacy efforts, hosting events at their communities, and building strong relationships with legislators and staffers, Monique Dixon and Cathy Katz successfully shared the true story of Assisted Living with their legislative offices and the general public during the past year.

"Enjoyed bringing our issues to folks who could make a difference and building contacts and relationships with Senate and Assembly offices."

“Bringing our issues to folks who could make a difference and building contacts and relationships with Senate and Assembly offices.” ~Event Attendee

We also honored Assemblymember Ian Calderon as CALA’s Legislator of the Year. Assemblymember Calderon worked tirelessly to help reinstate annual licensing inspections, which has been a top priority of CALA for many years.

"Assemblymember Calderon seems very passionate and I appreciate his active support for elders."

“Assemblymember Calderon seems very passionate and I appreciate his active support for elders.” ~Event Attendee

The event was capped by a presentation from Lora Connolly, Director of the California Department of Aging. She discussed the future of care and housing for elders, the move toward managed care, continued development of person-centered care, and what Assisted Living can bring to the table.

"An outstanding day! Lora Connolly's Future of Aging in California was very interesting."

“An outstanding day! Lora Connolly’s Future of Aging in California was very interesting.” ~Event Attendee

Thank you to all the attendees who made this Assisted Living Advocacy Day a successful one. Your personal commitment to Assisted Living shone through!

"Great experience! I am fired up to be more involved and to get legislators to visit my community."

“Great experience! I am fired up to be more involved and to get legislators to visit my community.” ~Event Attendee

CALA members: if you want to continue to be an Assisted Living advocate, save the date for Day in Your District—July 30th, 2016—and learn about other ways to get involved.

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