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Policy and Legislation
One of the goals of the American Association of Service Coordinators is to demonstrate the benefits of service coordination to Members of Congress and policymakers at all levels. Each year, AASC sets policy priorities that guide our organization’s work as well as our legislative advocacy. You can view our 2019 policy priorities here.
Your advocacy can also help us achieve our policy goals and ensure your residents and communities are safe and stable. You have powerful tools to advocate for your residents. Service coordinators understand residents' lives and needs, and you can share this information, plus stories that show how your work helps your residents and your community. AASC has fact sheets with information and data that can help as you educate Members of Congress and other legislators.
We often hear from service coordinators who worry that their advocacy efforts would be considered lobbying. Educating and creating awareness among legislators of service coordination and the needs of the community is not lobbying. You can, for example, discuss with a legislator how certain policies or legislation would affect your community and residents.
Public Policy and Advocacy Toolkit
Click here to view AASC's Public Policy and Advocacy Toolkit for more information on advocacy and how to be an effective advocate.
Stories of residents' successes are another powerful advocacy tool. AASC has worked with real service coordinators to create case studies that show how service coordination affects individual residents' lives and impacts the community and country. When speaking with your representatives, share these and your own residents' success stories.
What is a service coordinator?
Benefits of service coordination for older adults
Benefits of service coordination for families
Benefits of service coordinators in residential settings
Service coordination by the numbers
Service coordinators prevent social isolation
Service coordinators in housing for the elderly save taxpayer dollars
Download the fact sheet with national data, or get information on individual states below.