RE: FOCUS 14
Let’s get funding restored to 2011 levels for Early Intervention adding $2.5 million back to the Governor’s proposed cuts for 2013.
The House and Senate are now developing the budget for 2013. It is important that all of us take an active role in advising the legislature of the importance of early intervention, and the significant return on investment demonstrated when early intervention programs are adequately funded. In the next few weeks, key legislators will be working on the budget. It is vital that we talk to these 14 legislators now. It will be difficult to get additional funding once the budget is presented. Below is a list of the 14 legislators on whom we are focusing.
If you have clients in the area, I would ask you to:
1. Be responsible for identifying families (present and former) who will contact their legislators
2. Get the families to personally contact (call, email, and/or visit) their legislator. The more parents making these contacts, the better.
3. Let me know when a contact has been made.
4. Make sure the legislator understands your program and how the funding cuts have made it difficult for you to continue.
I will update you on our progress. Again, it is critical that we collaborate to let the legislature know what the return on investment is for our children, communities and the state of Alabama.