Mar 252013

An email from Joseph Rogers,  forwarded to CAC board members and others by Executive Director, Gary Parker, indicates that the future of the Alternatives Conference is in doubt and requests your help.  The contents of the email follows:

—– Forwarded Message —-

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM, Joseph Rogers wrote:

We need your help!

Since 1985, the annual Alternatives conferences have offered in-depth technical assistance on peer-delivered services and self-help/recovery methods. Beyond the exchange of knowledge and networking, the Alternatives conferences offer a rich social, artistic, and healing environment.  When asked “one thing I learned that I will incorporate into my life and/or my work,” one Alternatives attendee responded, “We can influence the direction of the future.”

Now I’m asking YOU to influence the direction of the future! We have recently heard that, although the money for the conference has been allocated and the application submitted long ago, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) apparently does not understand the importance of this national gathering and is dragging its feet on letting the conference move forward.

HHS seems not to understand that the federal allocation for the Alternatives conference is only a portion – albeit a necessary one – of the cost of the conference. The rest is made up by allocations from the states and from nonprofit agencies, as well as from the individuals who attend the conference.

We need you help to have Alternatives 2013 take place, please contact HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at KathleendotSebeliusathhsdotgov  (KathleendotSebeliusathhsdotgov)   or call 202-690-7000 or write U.S. Dept. of HHS, Attn: Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, 2000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201, and explain the vital importance of the Alternatives conferences to our movement.

There may not be an Alternatives 2013, unless we work to make it happen! I urge you to contact Secretary Sebelius and make it happen!