State Advocacy Organizations
For 30 years, since 1980, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has had a clear mission: “We organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.
The Greater Illinois Chapter is one of over 70 Alzheimer's Association chapters serving communities across the United States.
Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over in Illinois improve the quality of their lives.
The Arc of Illinois and its chapters have always been in the forefront of strong advocacy positions for people with disabilities and their families. Much of the important legislation nationally and in Illinois is a direct result of the advocacy of The Arc. It is rare when any piece of public policy does not have the fingerprints of The Arc upon it. The Arc continues to be a strong grassroots organization with a rich membership of self-advocates, parents and professionals working together to achieve common goals.
CBHA is governed by an 11-member board of directors that are elected from the four geographic regions of Illinois (Northeast, Northwest, Southern and Central). In addition to the board of directors, the association's leadership consists of the chairs of four standing committees: Public Policy; Mental Health; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; and Children & Adolescents.
The Mental Health Summit is a coalition comprised of persons with mental illness and their families, advocacy groups and mental health service providers. The goal of the Summit is to preserve and increase funding of mental health services. Summit activities include work with the media, lobbying of legislators and the executive branch, building coalitions with traditional and non-traditional allies and identifying issues which may be used to focus legislative and public attention on the problems caused by the underfunding of mental health services in Illinois.
Citizen Action/Illinois is the state's largest public interest organization. Building on over a decade of experience, Citizen Action/Illinois is a key player in the fight for social and economic justice at the state and national levels.
ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments, and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. DBSA was founded in 1985.
is a not-for-profit membership organization created to improve the lives of individuals and families challenged by mental illness. In collaboration with NAMI National, Illinois affiliates and other like-minded organizations, we influence public policies, provide up to date education and support programs, and increase public awareness and understanding of mental illness.
Voices for Illinois Children champions the full development of every child in Illinois to assure the future well-being of everyone in the state. We work with families, communities and policymakers on all issues to help children grow up healthy, happy, safe, loved, and well educated.
The Child Care Association of Illinois (CCAI) promotes, protects, advocates for and strengthens a responsive, not-for-profit service delivery system and shapes public policies for the benefit of children and families.
Organization committed to building the support needed to solve Illinois’ budget crisis, prevent harmful cuts to essential public services, save jobs, eliminate the state’s long-term structural deficit, and make taxes more fair.
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in identifying, developing, and supporting creative and collaborative approaches to achieve social and economic justice for low-income people and communities. The Center engages in direct advocacy campaigns in Illinois and around the country to improve policies and programs on specific issues, and also engages in broader advocacy on general issues of justice, opportunity, and human rights.
An independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois, Equip for Equality has broad federal and state statutory powers. These powers include broad access to private and public facilities, their participants and staff, and service recipient records and other facility documents.
The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability is a bi-partisan 501(c)3 research and advocacy think tank that promotes fair, efficient and progressive tax, spending and economic policies
Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all American children – particularly those born into poverty – have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights helps people living in poverty or danger improve their lives and realize their human rights. From a refugee fleeing violence and torture to a resident of public housing trying to escape the cycle of poverty, Heartland Alliance helps people in the toughest of circumstances—who often have no place else to go.
Health and Disability Advocates' is committed to protecting the rights of children, people with disabilities, and low-income older adults. These vulnerable populations need a range of services, supports and opportunities to lead fulfilling lives; reach their self-determined goals; and obtain financial security. HDA strives to help them by protecting and strengthening federal and state safety net programs like: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicare and Medicaid. Through its various programs, extensive policy work, and direct client representation, HDA advances its national policy and advocacy agenda.