Town Hall Meetings and Public Budget Hearings provide the general public the opportunity to meet with government representatives to ask questions and voice their concerns.
For a schedule of Town Hall Meetings and Public Budget Hearings, click HERE.
Why Speak at Virginia Budget Hearings
Legislators need to hear from you. Let your voice be heard at the Virginia budget hearings. Let’s spread the message…treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and addiction works and investment in recovery creates positive change and saves lives! Click below to download a copy of SAARA's Budget Hearing Talking Points.
Greeting: Greet the chairperson and members of the committee.
Introduction and Brief Story: Introduce yourself and tell the committee why you are there. Provide a
brief 60 to 90 seconds of how you are affected by SUD and Addiction and what helped.
Make an ask: For example: “I ask that you ensure the thousands of Virginians affected by SUD and
addiction have access to treatments and programs for recovery by investing in the Behavioral Health
System to address Virginia's opioid crisis.”
Statistics: Statistics and Facts are important but you will only have 2 minutes to speak. SAARA
suggests you spend your time discussing how you are affected by SUD/Addiction, what helped you,
and making your ask. If you choose to mention a statistical fact during your 2 minutes, limit yourself to
one that matters in Virginia. Keep in mind that statistics can be provided on handouts and facts must
be verifiable from reputable sources. SAARA will have SUD/Addiction fact sheet handouts available for
your use at the budget hearing. All legislators will receive a copy of SAARA fact sheets.