Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Mental Health Wild Game Feed
I've got a couple of posts backed up - synthetic marijuana bill, driver's license time for non-residents, election booklet for primaries - but I'm trying to make them less tedious, so I'll slip in this easy one.
There is a lot of food offered to legislators and staffers in and around the Capitol each year. Tuesday afternoon several mental health related organizations - the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health Board, Statewide Suicide Prevention Council (and maybe others) - had a wild game feed. The food and cooking were provided by board members of these organizations.
These are justified by all as a chance to talk less formally about important issues. And the food does tend to attract people. And people do talk. I've gotten to meet and/or just talk to folks in a more casual setting. Legislators are right there and not rushing off to a committee hearing.
Legislators and staffers and the people who want to influence them (they would say educate and that's also true) do get to connect more as human beings than as players in political theater.
The video has Kate Burkhart (Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) briefly describes this event and Kris Duncan (Alaska Housing Finance Corporation) talks about what AHFC does and what they want from the legislators.