Advocacy Project

Use this to develop and write your advocacy email. Refer to the highlighted sections only for this assignment.
However, you can refer to the entire document if you need to develop a plan of action for advocacy (in the
future) that involves meeting with elected officials such as state legislators. (NAMI Effective Advocacy Toolkit)

  1. Are such incidents relevant to human services practice with clients? In other words, are incidents such
    as these likely to impact certain groups of clients?
    • If yes, then elaborate upon these impacts/consequences.
    • If no, then provide a strong justification for your answer.
  2. Human service professionals are required to consider the National Organization of Human Services’
    ethical standards in professional decision making. Identify which ethical standards may apply to
    understanding and addressing such incidents (Hint: Check out the standards pertaining to
    Responsibility to the Public and Society). Provide a brief justification as to why you believe these
    standards may apply to such incidents.
  3. What steps would you take as a human service practitioner to ensure that people-in-power (police
    commissioners, lawmakers, funders, community leaders, etc.) take appropriate action to prevent such
    • Ideally, your response to this question (5) are influenced solely by the NOHS ethical standards. If
    you believe that the standards are not sufficient enough to address such incidents, then state so and
    clarify what would be your course of action as a human service professional to ensure that peoplein-power do
    what is needed.
    • Ideally, your response to this question (5) is based on what you believe to be the reason for such
    incidents (so keep in mind your choice for question 2), but this is not a requirement. So if you do
    not want to be restricted by your choice for question 2, then that is acceptable.
    • Clearly specify what needs to change or what the change would look like.

Sample Solution