Brown Bag Advocacy 

Community lunch & learn

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We are on a break for the legislative session.

Stay tuned! We will reconvene later this year. Please reach out to use with any advocacy or policy questions, we are always here to help.

Chelsea Biggerstaff- Peer Policy Fellow.

Elizabeth Henry- Director of Policy & Community Engagement.

 Want to learn more about advocacy and community engagement but are short on time?

We invite you to grab your lunch and join us for our virtual lunch hour educational series.

We typically meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (with the exception of the legislative session which ends May 29th). Sessions will occur over the lunch (noon) hour and cover a range of topics. ALL are welcome!


We are working to get the videos of past sessions posted. Please check back soon and thank you for your patience.

February 2023: Connecting with your Legislators

Date: Wednesday, February 15th Time: 12:00 pm CT Location: Zoom (pre-registration link) Being an informed advocate is key and we are here to help you! Last month we reviewed how to set up a TLO account, navigate the website, and create your own personalized lists…

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January 2023: Navigating the Texas Legislature Online

January 18, 2023 Navigating the Texas Legislature Online Date: Wednesday, January 18th Time: 12:00 pm CT Location: Zoom (pre-registration link)   Want to know if a bill has been filed in your area of interest? Want to know what committees bills have been assigned to…

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November 2022: Preview of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery bills

November 16, 2022: HOT OFF THE PRESS! Preview of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery bills Date: Wednesday, November 16th Time: 12:00 pm CT Location: Zoom (pre-registration link)   Join us on November 16th for a one hour preview of legislation that is being “pre-filed” (early bill…

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October 2022: 10% Recovery Set Aside

October 2022: (Date Change) Join us on Wednesday, October 19th for a very informative discussion on the 10% Recovery Set- Aside with special guest, Greg Williams. According to SAMHSA (2021), there is no dedicated source of funding of community recovery resources. This funding set-aside would provide a sustainable source…

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May 2022: Time to talk money- Economics of running a recovery home

Date: Wednesday, May 18th Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm CT Topic: Economics of running a recovery home Location: Zoom Meeting (link) click link to register in advance. Whether you are looking to learn something new or have experience to share, please join us for a lively…

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April 2022: Breaking free of the past: Expunction, Non Disclosure & More

Date: Wednesday, April 20th Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm CT Topic: Breaking free of the past: Expunction, Non Disclosure & More  Location: link to April session video Too often we hear of people in recovery struggling to find meaningful employment and safe housing due old involvement…

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March 2022: Texas Votes Recovery!

Date: Wednesday, March 16th Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm CT Topic: The mysteries of Voting (eligibility, registering and your impact) Location: Click here for session video Ever wonder how your vote makes a difference? Want to know more about voting eligibility and how to register? We…

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Feb 2022: Advocating with Equity

Date: Wednesday, February 16th Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT Topic: Advocating with Equity Miss the session? Click here for the video! We are excited to have Dr. Ashley Stewart speak to us this month about how we can be sure to advocate with equity.  …

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Jan 2022: Patient Brokering, Fraudulent Billing & Deceptive Marketing

Date: Wednesday, January 26th Topic: Patient Brokering, Fraudulent Billing and Deceptive Marketing practices Location: Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 870 1602 4480 Passcode: 499838 Patient brokering (or body brokering) is a widespread issue that plagues healthcare. The treatment and recovery industries are not immune to…

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Nov 2021: Budget and Appropriations 101

Date: Wednesday, November 10th Topic: Budget and Appropriations 101 with Lee Johnson and Leela Rice with the Texas Council of Community Centers and Cynthia Humphreys with the Association of Substance Abuse Professionals. Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm CT

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