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AARP
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Provides information and advocacy for seniors and grandparents.

ACCESS
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A human services organization committed to the development of the Arab American community, and the greater community. To support this goal, ACCESS provides a wide range of human and cultural services as well as advocacy work.

ACLU’s LGBT Project
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Seeking the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS enjoy the basic rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.

Active Minds
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By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, Active Minds works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Advocacy Unlimited
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Offers education in self, systems, and legislative advocacy skills for persons in recovery from psychiatric disabilities.

Allsup
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A nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and workers’ compensation services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Delivers specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible.

American Association of People with Disabilities
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A cross-disability member organization dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws.

American Foundation for AIDS Research
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Seeks to support AIDS research, AIDS prevention, treatment education and the advocacy for sound AIDS-related public policy.

American University Justice Programs Office
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Provides technical assistance, research, evaluation, and training services to domestic and foreign government agencies and organizations in the area of justice system operations.

Americans with Disabilities
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Information regarding the rights of people with disabilties.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
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The only national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to informing the public, healthcare professionals and legislators that anxiety disorders are real, serious and treatable.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
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A nonprofit legal-advocacy organization dedicated to the principle that every individual is entitled to choice and dignity. Goals include community membership; self-determination and choice; ending the punishment of mental-health consumers for the system’s failures; and preserving protections and entitlements.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
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Provides research and general information on juvenile, adolescent, and teen violence prevention.

Child Trauma Academy
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The mission of the Academy is to help improve the lives of traumatized and maltreated children. The Academy strives to improve the systems that educate, nurture, protect and enrich these children through education, service delivery, and program consultation.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
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CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves, with particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

Coalition of Advocates for Rights Empowerment and Services (CARES)
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Hands On is rooted in the belief that every individual has the power to make a difference. They know that engaged citizens are the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy, and that effective volunteer action is a path to broader civic involvement. Hands On is a proven approach to community gain, a unique network of innovative organizations, and a broad movement advancing civic engagement. Their work is characterized by action, innovation and impact.

Community Action Partnership
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Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. They care about the entire community, and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Counselor Magazine
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A national, peer-reviewed publication that blends the in-depth information often found in journals with the ease-of-read and style of a magazine. The magazine has a circulation of 21,000+ addiction treatment professionals – including psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, criminal justice personnel, nurses, clinical supervisors, social workers, and mental health counselors.

Disability Rights Advocates
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Information on health care and legal rights for people with disabilities.

Disability Rights California
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Works in partnership with people with disabilities - to protect, advocate for and advance their human, legal and service rights.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
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DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

Disability-Claims.net
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Assists individuals with information during the disability claims process and refers them to local legal assistance resources.

Dual Diagnosis Recovery Network
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Works with chemical dependency, mental health, consumer and family advocacy organizations to educate and publicize the need for more services that are appropriate for the dual diagnosed.

Eating Disorders Coalition
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The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy, & Action includes professionals and organizations concerned about eating disorders. It provides policymakers with more accurate information and lobbies the federal government to dedicate much more attention and resources toward sound eating disorders policies.

Employment Law Information Network
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The Employment Law Information Network is a no charge legal resource web site that is designed for employment lawyers, in-house employment counsel and human resource professionals.

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
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A National parent-run non-profit organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families. Advocates nationally for the rights of mentally ill children and their families. Transfers insights and experiences to statewide family organizations, local chapters, and other family-run organizations so that skillful and effective advocacy can occur at state and local levels as well

FedWorld.gov
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The FedWorld.gov website is a gateway to government information.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
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Strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Girls, Inc.
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A national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas.

GLBT National Help Center
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A non-profit, tax-exempt organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hands Net
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HandsNet has aggregated current human services and community development information important to low-income communities and communities of color. They seek to foster comprehensive thinking on approaches to improving the lives of people living in these communities.

HealthyPlace.com
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A large consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view.

Human Rights Campaign
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America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997
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This Act strengthens academic expectations and accountability for the nation's 5.8 million children with disabilities and bridges the gap that has too often existed between what children with disabilities learn and what is required in regular curriculum. This site provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
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A leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
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Evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Key Bills in Congress
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A list of active bills of mental health issues and those that have been passed by Congress.

Legal Action Center
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An advocacy and policy development association that is active in issues related to substance abuse privacy and confidentiality, and funding and policy advocacy at the national level.

Limited English Proficiency
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LEP.gov promotes a positive and cooperative understanding of the importance of language access to federal programs and federally assisted programs.

MAPLight.org
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Covers the U.S. Congress and California Legislature and seeks to provide a window into the connections between money, politics, campaign contributions and how legislators vote.

Men Against Destruction
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Strives to seek out, encourage, motivate and guide committed men in the struggle to save children, communities, and ourselves from the social ills that presently plague neighborhoods.

NAMI Legal Center
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Advocates for the rights of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The Legal Center works both independently and collaboratively with private attorneys, legal service organizations, mental health and consumer advocacy organizations on projects of mutual interest.

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
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An independent organization with a unique mix of people who have survived U.S. mental institutions, along with advocates, civil rights advocates, mental health workers, and lawyers. NARPA works to expose abuse; shed light on coercive and dangerous practices, and promote real alternatives to a mental health health system that even professionals agree is a disgrace.

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
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Represents almost 200 not-for-profit and for-profit providers (free standing and hospital based programs, which offer a full continuum of care from outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation regimes). Acts as the voice of private alcoholism and drug dependency treatment programs throughout the U.S.

National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery
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Seeks to mobilize communities to live a healthy lifestyle, promote positive community and self images, and to foster environments free of health disparities.

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
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Provides support and assistance to member Councils in order to promote a consumer and family centered system of services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
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NAHRO is the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans – particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes.

National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS)
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A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to peer support in mental health systems and promoting peer specialists throughout the United States. Offers members a quarterly newsletter, discounts on recovery-oriented materials and provides access to recovery and peer support information.

National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
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The voluntary national membership association of protection & advocacy systems and client assistance programs. It assumes leadership in promoting and strengthening the role and performance of its members in providing quality legally based advocacy services.

National Association of Social Workers
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The largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 150,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Center for Lesbian Rights
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A national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

National Coalition for LGBT Health
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Committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities through public education, coalition building and advocacy that focus on research, policy, education and training.

National Coalition for Parental Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
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NCPIE advocates the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation’s young people.

National Coalition for the Homeless
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The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are committed to end homelessness.

National Community Action Foundation (NCAF)
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NCAF is a private, nonprofit organization which serves as an advocate and lobbyist for low-income programs.

National Conference of State Legislatures: State Laws Mandating or Regulating Mental Health Benefits
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Provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on mental health-related issues.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)
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Provides education, information, help and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention and treatment through offices in New York and Washington, and a nationwide network of Affiliates.

National Empowerment Center
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A consumer/survivor/expatient-run organization that provides information and referral services for those recovering from mental illness.

National Family Partnership
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Seeks to help parents to help children reach their full potential. The National Family Partnership works to accomplish its mission through parent training, parent networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign.

National Fatherhood Initiative
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A non-profit organization that is getting to the root of the issues facing your community by educating and engaging dads. Today, one out of every three children goes to bed each night without their biological father in the home. Ensuring that more children grow up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers is the best way to ensure that every child has a happy and secure childhood.

National GAINS Center
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A national locus for the collection and dissemination of information about effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders in contact with the justice system.

National Health Law Program
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A national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities.

National Housing Conference (NHC)
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The NHC has been the nation’s premier public policy and affordable housing advocacy organization.

National Housing Institute
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The National Housing Institute is an independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing crisis in housing and community in America. It examines issues including housing, jobs, safety, and education with an emphasis on housing and economic development, as well as poverty and racism, disinvestment and lack of employment and the breakdown of the social fabric.

National Indian Child Welfare Association
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The most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and the only national American Indian organization focused specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect.

National Latino Children’s Institute
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Strives to focus the nation’s attention on Latino children and empower communities for the full and healthy development of young Latinos in a culturally relevant environment.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)
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NLCHP’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.

National Low Income Housing Coalition
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The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending America’s affordable housing crisis, by focusing advocacy on those with the most serious housing problems, the lowest income households.

National Mentoring Center (NMC)
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The NMC has become one of the finest national training and technical assistance providers for mentoring programs across the US.

National Mentoring Partnership
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National Mentoring Partnership/MENTOR is committed to expanding the world of quality mentoring. MENTOR believes that, with the help and guidance of an adult mentor, each child can discover how to unlock and achieve his or her potential.

National Network to End Domestic Violence
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A social change organization dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives
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Provides information for patients, consumers, health and legal professionals, and family members and friends regarding psychiatric advance directives and instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment.

Native American Rights Fund
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Provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide - a constituency that often lacks access to the justice system. NARF focuses on applying existing laws and treaties to guarantee that national and state governments live up to their legal obligations.

Native Americans Children’s Alliance
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Providing regional and national training to urban and reservation based communities serving children who have been victims of sexual abuse.

NeighborWorks America
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NeighborWorks America is a national nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts.

PACER Center
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Expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. Provides assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children.

Parent/Professional Advocacy League
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An organization that promotes a strong voice for families of children and adolescents with mental health needs. PAL advocates for supports, treatment and policies that enable families to live in their communities in an environment of stability and respect.

Parent’s Action for Children
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Parent’s Action is a public awareness and engagement campaign to make early childhood development a national priority, emphasizing the importance of the first three years of life.

Parents for Megan's Law / Crime Victims Center
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Provides a national helpline, community support, and assistance on issues related to Megan’s Law, sex offender management and sexual assault prevention.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
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Promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Pathways Mapping Initiative
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This website holds a wealth of findings about what it takes to improve the lives of children and families living in America’s tough neighborhoods.

Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma
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Provides information and resources to fight discrimination and stigma of the mentally disabled. ADS is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Center for Mental Health Services.

Social Security Legislation and Congressional Affairs
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The Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legislation and Congressional Affairs serves as the focal point for all legislative activity in SSA. Site provides complete a summary of all Legislation of the 108th Congress with provisions affecting Social Security, plus Testimony Archives and Fact Sheets.

Soroptomist International
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Seeks to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world, and works on various international women's issues like sex trafficking, teen dating advice, women living in poverty, violence in workplace.

Stand Up To Cancer
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A collaborative — from patients to clinicians, from advocates to lawmakers, from children to teenagers to parents and parents of parents — in support of one cause: finding a cure for cancer as quickly as possible.

Support Coalition International (MindFreedom)
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A federation of grassroots groups worldwide in the “mad movement” – working to expose, challenge and end human rights violations in the psychiatric system. SCI also works to find humane, sustainable alternatives, and to explore how the “biochemical medical model” of the current corporate psychiatric industry can be replaced with a more empowering, holistic paradigm.

THOMAS.gov
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In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, THOMAS was launched at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislation information freely available to the public.

Treatment Advocacy Center
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A national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and clinical barriers to timely and humane treatment for millions of Americans with severe brain disorders who are not receiving appropriate medical care. The center serves as a catalyst to achieve proper balance in judicial and legislative decisions that affect the lives of persons with serious brain disorders.

U.S. House of Representatives
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Votes, contact information, studies.

U.S. Senate
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Votes, contact information, studies.

URAC
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An independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability.

US Census Bureau
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The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about he nation’s people and economy. Their mission is to honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share their expertise globally, and conduct their work openly.

US Department of Education
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The US Department of Education is dedicated to ensuring equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.

US Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs
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Provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims.

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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Seeks to eradicate employment discrimination at the workplace and pursue fair and vigorous enforcement where there is any form or level of employment discrimination covered by the laws it implements.

Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition (WROC)
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WROC’s goal is to change the welfare system so that it treats welfare recipients fairly and with dignity.

White House
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The official web site of the President of the United States, Barack Obama and his staff.

Wrightslaw
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The Wrightslaw mission is to provide parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys with accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy so they can be effective catalysts.

 
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