Our residential and independent living services for individuals with disabilities are supported by funding appropriated by the state legislature. Currently, these service are funded at the same level they were funded in 2008. Our state is more than a decade behind in providing adequate support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana continues to push our state legislators to do the right thing by increasing funding for these life-changing services.
Committed to Advocacy
Volunteers of America SELA is committed to advocating for the individuals we serve with elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. We believe that we have an obligation not only to provide our consumers with services that will improve their individual situations; we also have a responsibility to work to improve the systems that contribute to their vulnerability.
Advocacy Priorities for 2019-2020
Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana provides community-based mental health services to hundreds of individuals each year, enabling them to live safely and successfully in our communities. Despite the critical importance of these services, mental health programs are consistently underfunded in Louisiana. Additionally, individuals with mental health conditions often do not have access to appropriate housing, transportation, and employment and educational opportunities. They are disproportionately likely to engage with the criminal justice system and wind up in jail and prison.
Substance Use Disorder
We don’t really have a platform yet for his. Stay tuned.
- Caroline Meehan, Director of Government Relations
- Phone: 504-482-9707
- Fax: 504-482-1922
Make Your Voice Heard
One of the most important ways you can be a voice for the people we serve is by getting to know your elected officials and educating them about issues that matter to you. Not sure who represents you at the Capitol in Washington and the statehouse in Baton Rouge?
Remember To Vote
It’s also important for you to GEAUX VOTE during this year’s state elections! Check out the Secretary of State’s website for information on your ballot and polling place.
Become A Volunteer
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