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PARTNERS IN ADVOCACY

Join Vinfen Connecticut to advocate on behalf of the people we serve, their families, and our hardworking, dedicated staff.

Advocacy is about educating and influencing policy makers at both the state and federal levels who determine policy and make budget decisions. It is also about taking actions to engage our workforce, supporters, people and families we serve, and communities to support policies and budgets which support our mission.

Vinfen Connecticut works in a variety of ways as a company and with provider and advocacy organizations to shape policy and resource decisions all levels of government, including with the administrative departments and legislature in Connecticut.

We advocate for resources and policies supporting health, full community living, and employment for the people serve and to support our employees who have dedicated their careers to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and psychiatric conditions.

Vinfen Connecticut actively seeks strategic partnerships and alliances. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Jana McClure at 860-688-3165 or mcclurej@vinfen.org.

To learn more about our partners in advocacy, check out the links below.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

With membership over 5,000 strong in the United States and in 55 countries worldwide, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is the leader in advocating quality of life and rights for those with intellectual disabilities. AAIDD is a powerful community of leaders with a strong voice and important mission. They are tireless promoters of progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Vinfen Connecticut is a member of AAIDD.

ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE SUPPORTING EMPLOYMENT FIRST

The mission of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is to promote employment opportunities for all people, through local, regional, and national networks. They work to help establish and expand equitable employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE advocates with federal, state, and local legislators for legislation promoting integrated employment and works with federal, state, and local policy makers to increase funding for integrated employment. They raise awareness within the business community as to the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities and advocate for social change to help those with severe disabilities achieve a lifestyle that approximates that of individuals without disabilities.

CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF NONPROFITS

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in Connecticut. By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, CT Nonprofits helps members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve. The mission of CT Nonprofits is to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations in building and sustaining healthy communities in Connecticut. Vinfen CT is a very active member of CT Non-Profits.

CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY PROVIDERS ASSOCIATION

The Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) is a trade association representing organizations that provide health and human services and supports for children, adults and families in the areas of mental health, substance use disorders, developmental disabilities, child and family health and well being, and other related issue areas. CCPA works closely with our member organizations, and advocates on their behalf at the Connecticut state legislature, with Connecticut state agencies, and at the federal level. CCPA provides quality education and training on timely and significant health and human service issues, including implementation of health care reform. Vinfen CT is very active in both the developmental services and behavioral services sectors.

Other organizations which are partners in Advocacy include: