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Government Relations- Advocacy

Understanding Policy and Legislation doesn't have to be difficult. NASW-NC helps you understand the process.

Advocacy Brief

Why is it important to talk to legislators? How do I find who represents me? What do I say to my legislators? See NASW-NC's Advocacy Brief

Advocacy Handbook

Sample letters and phone calls to your legislators. Why should social workers advocate? Find these resources in NASW-NC's Advocacy Handbook.


Build a Relationship With Your Legislators

Here's step by step on how to reach out to your legislator and start to build that relationship with them so advocating is easier!

Step 1: Email your legislator
Step 2: Call your legislator
Step 3: Visit them in person and plan for that visit (or invite them to you agency!)
Step 4: Follow Up!

Know Your Rights

Are you a state, city or county employee? Know your rights about your own advocacy efforts.

Lobbying Dos and Don'ts

Quick tips on how to talk to your legislators about your advocacy issue.

North Carolina's Legislative Website

Find out what is happening in North Carolina's General Assembly.

Glossary of Legislative Terms

Find out what all of those legislative acronyms and terms really mean! 

How a Bill Becomes a Law

What does it take to pass legislation? Check out this graph to find how an idea actually becomes a law.

North Carolina's Budget Development

Advocating for the state budget is just as important as advocating for specific bills. The budget affects your job and services your clients receive. Check out North Carolina's Budgeting 101 and how our state budget is developed.

Coalition Legislative Handbook

The Coalition, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services advocacy group has created a Legislative Handbook to help the public realize their advocate potential.  Advocating for yourself or others with mental illness, a developmental disability or addictive disease can be quick, easy and extremely rewarding.  The Coalition’s Legislative Handbook teaches simple techniques for writing letters, speaking and meeting with legislators.  In addition the Handbook provides a brief overview of the current state of the MH/DD/SA system, gives a basic Civics 101 training, and supplies a list of terms which the public may not be accustomed. Start Advocating TODAY!

How NASW-NC Advocates for You and Your Clients

As a member benefit, NASW-NC has a full time lobbyist on staff!


  • Tracks legislation that is introduced during session that affects the social work profession by speaking with legislators and working with other interested groups and lobbyists
  • Regularly attends meetings at the legislative building whether session is meeting or adjourned to stay involved with issues that legislators address
  • Attends monthly Coalition meetings to stay on top of issues that affect the profession
  • Responds to member calls and emails about issues that are pressing and works to influence policy regarding those concerns

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