Legislation and Advocacy

The Federation is involved at the national level in monitoring legislation, funding opportunities, advocacy opportunities and resources that could aid your work as the voice for families in your community, state and nationwide.

Learn about current topics that impact youth and families, see our latest edition of updates, sign up to receive alerts, share news from your state and explore the advocacy toolkit - designed to assist individuals and organizations in their role as the voice for families. Below you will find a guide for the Legislative and Advocacy menu located on the right side of this page.

Staying Up to Date

  • The Federation's current Legislative and Advocacy updates slideshow

  • Recent Legislative and Advocacy newsletters

  • Join our Legislative and Advocacy Facebook group

  • Sign up to receive our Legislative and Advocacy newsletter

  • Submit news from your state

Legislation to Know

  • Latest legislative actions and policies that affect you

  • How legislation and policies are being implemented



  • Information about navigating committees

  • Information about current bills including:

    • What they are about

    • Why they matter

    • Where they are in the legislative process

From the States

  • Listing of state advocacy organizations

  • Links to each state's legislative websites

  • Find your state Medicaid Director

  • Find your state Mental Health Commissioner

  • Submit news from your state

Advocacy Toolkit

  • The basics

  • Tools and resources to build advocacy skills

  • Tips for writing and speaking as an advocate