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State Affiliate Benefits


  • Must be a parent/family organization led by a Board or leadership structure comprised, at minimum, of 51% parents/caregivers with lived experience of raising (having primary caregiving responsibility for) a child with mental health and/or substance use challenges 

  • Endorse and promote the mission, vision and values of the National Federation of Families

  • Affirm that the organization is parent-directed and exists to address the needs of families whose children - of any age - experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime

  • Pay annual dues to the Federation

  • Publicize and participate in National Federation events, conferences, meetings and programs, to the extent possible

  • Promote and encourage individuals, families, and organizations to join the National Federation

  • Coordinate and collaborate with other local and state affiliates

  • Demonstrate the capacity to link and collaborate with local affiliates of the National Federation as well as individuals, youths, and family members throughout the state that they represent


  • Your organization becomes a part of a national network of affiliates and partners with a shared vision of making life better for families and their children - across the lifespan

  • Your organization listed, including contact email, website and/or social media, as an affiliate on our website

  • Selected contact(s) from your organization added to our e-newsletter and other communication distribution lists

  • Approved to use the National Federation of Families in your name and its logo on your website and other materials


  • Discounted sponsorship of our annual conference offering great exposure for your organization

  • Assistance contacting legislators or planning a Capitol Hill day in your state

  • Support with participating in National Children's Mental Health Acceptance Week (CMHAW) each year

  • Alerts about discounts on CMHAW store items


  • Access to news and action alerts on policy issues impacting families whose children - of any age - experience mental health and/or substance use challenges

  • Advocacy updates on the work the National Federation has done on behalf of families on Capitol Hill and with national mental health coalitions and substance use coalitions (i.e. SAMHSA, funding of statewide family networks, mental health parity bills, etc.)

  • The opportunity to sign on to advocacy efforts that represent the interests of families at the national level


  • The Executive Director of each affiliate will be included on our listserv specifically designed to share resources, discuss issues important to family-run organizations, and to provide a platform for questions and answers among out network

  • A discounted rate for on-site training, technical assistance and consultation

  • Access to free and reduced rates on webinars

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