The real challenges of closing Mabley and Jacksonville are about to begin and it is going to be a long hard road through May, 2012.
With assistance from a statewide advocacy workgroup we have compiled an Advocates Toolkit on Institutional Closures. This toolkit is considered to by dynamic and I would appreciate any suggestions for improvements or updates as we move forward.
The  Workgroup which I chaired wanted to have something that was easy for you to use.
In the toolkit you will find:
1.    What We Want?
2.    Legislative Ask
3.    Talking Points
4.    Editorial Support for Community
5.    Sample letters to the Gov, Legislators and letters to the editor.
6.    Legislative Visit Script
7.    Sending Comments to COGFA sample
8.    An Advocates To Do Checklist
9.    Much more…..
It is in Word so you can modify as you wish for your own messages.
Please share this widely with other advocates and go to the “Advocates To Do Checklist” and get to work!   Click here for the Advocacy Toolkit for Institutional Closure.
Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)