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