Federation of Families for Children (www.ffcmh.org)
The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) is a national, parent-run, membership organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders and their families. Among its chief goals are to provide information about and engage in advocacy regarding research, prevention, early intervention, family support, education, transition services, and other services needed by these children, youth, and their families. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter, along with many other publications, including fact sheets and guidebooks for families.
Center of Study and Advancement of Discipline Policy (www.disabilitypolicycenter.org)
Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) in Washington, D.C. - CSADP contains training materials, policy papers and policy briefs. The website is organized by relevant topic areas. The following topics are included: Advocacy Training Materials; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); general Disability Policy; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Olmstead Supreme Court Case; Personal Assistance Services (PAS); Rehabilitation Act (See Vocational Rehabilitation); State Medicaid Buy-In Programs and State Work Incentive Initiatives; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (TWWIIA); Vocational Rehabilitation; Workforce Investment Act (WIA). In addition, the website includes hot links to other disability policy-related websites.
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (www.macmh.org)
Minnesota Disability Law Center (www.mndlc.org)
The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) addresses the unique legal needs of persons with disabilities. A statewide project, MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues that are related to their disabilities.
NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (www.namihelps.org)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with mental illness and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy. NAMI Minnesota vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.
Pacer Center (www.pacer.org)
National Governor's Association (www.nga.org)
The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.
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