Advocacy

Advocating for You

As a member of MALA, your interests are represented at all regulatory levels - from Lansing down to your local community. We are in daily contact with state and local agencies, consumer advocacy groups, state legislators and policy makers, and the governor's office. Our professional staff members participate on advisory committees that review issues impacting providers. MALA monitors these agencies, advocates for you, and keeps you informed - so that you can devote your efforts to the effective operation of your business and the professional care of your consumers.

Connecting at a Federal Level

MALA is also well informed on federal issues as the exclusive Michigan affiliate of the national Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). ALFA is a major force in creating a positive image for assisted living and in lobbying against federal intervention. MALA's affiliation with AFLA serves to keep members up to date on legislative developments, trends and other activities in Washington and throughout the United States.

Immediate Response to Proposed Laws

MALA keeps track of the many legislative initiatives at the state level that could affect you. Our experienced, professional staff anticipate legislative activity, research its potential impact, and testify in hearings before new ideas become law. MALA, assisted by the Lansing-based government relations law firm of Kelley Cawthorne, focuses on key areas such as state funding; the provision of services in the least restrictive environment rather than in state hospitals and nursing homes; and greater access to the full array of services for Medicaid eligible adults.

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