Resources & Contacts

Contact Lists for Elected Officials

Advocacy Tips and Guidelines

Texas Legislature Resources

  • Legislative Updates on Health and Human Services Issues - Travis County HHS & VS Research and Planning has posted bill tracking reports and other legislative updates that summarize the impacts of federal, state, and/or local legislative and policy changes on the Travis County community. They continually update the information on the website throughout the legislative session.
  • CPPP Legislative Updates - The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) posts testimony, blogs, and reports on key issues throughout the legislative session.

Statewide Coalitions Working on Issues of Interest to One Voice

The Juvenile Justice Association of Texas works to promote advocacy for Texas children by providing quality juvenile services. The association addresses issues of juvenile probation, detention and residential services personnel, as well as the legislative issues that affect the lives of children in our system.

Contact:, 512-854-7069

Texas Action for Healthy Kids is a volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.

Contact: Alice Kirk, MPH, Chair

The Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs represents 89 local Boys & Girls Club corporations and advocates on behalf of the Clubs and the kids they serve.

Contact: Mary McRoberts, Executive Director, 512-301-7771

The Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST) is a statewide network of nonprofit, public and private sector partners dedicated to increasing the quality and availability of out of school time (OST) opportunities for Texas youth.

Contact: Alison Reis-Khanna, Executive Director, 512-605-0101

Texans Care for Children is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving life for Texas children in five key areas: health, protection, mental wellness, youth success, and early opportunities. Texans Care for Children houses several coalitions: the Early Education AllianceJuvenile Justice Roundtable, Texas Infant Health AlliancePartners in Child Protection ReformTexas Children's Mental Health Forum and Early Childhood Intervention Advocacy Coalition.

Main Contact: Stephanie Rubin, CEO, 512-473-2274

Coalition Contacts:

- Early Education Alliance - Email List Sign-Up, 512-473-2274

- Juvenile Justice Roundtable - Lauren Rose, Email List Sign-Up, 512-473-2274

- Texas Infant Health Alliance - Email List Sign-Up, 512-473-2274

- Partners in Child Protection Reform - Ashley Harris, Email List Sign-Up, 512-473-2274

- Texas Children's Mental Health Forum - Josette Saxton, Email List Sign-Up, 512-473-2274

- Early Childhood Intervention Advocacy Coalition - Email List Sign-Up, 512-473-2274

Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services is a member-supported association that seeks to strengthen services to children and families through quality care and advocacy.

Contact: Nancy Holman, Executive Director, 512-892-2683

Texas CASA partners with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) community to be a voice for abused and neglected children through the power of volunteer advocacy and change in the child protection system.

Contact: Vicki Spriggs, CEO, 512-473-2627

The Texas CHIP Coalition was formed in 1988 to bring together state and local organizations to support adequate state funding and program improvements for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Children's Medicaid. The Coalition engages in public education and advocacy, working closely with state agencies and the Texas legislature on behalf of children and their families.

Contact: Email List Sign-Up

The Texas Network of Youth Services is a nonprofit membership association of youth serving agencies and advocates, dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of community-based agencies serving youth and families in Texas.

Contact: Christine Gendron, Executive Director, 512-815-3299

TexProtects works to reduce and prevent child abuse by educating and organizing its members to communicate with government officials, public and private funders, and the public-at-large about the need for increased investments in research-based best practices of child abuse prevention programs, CPS reforms, and treatment programs for victims of abuse.

Contact: Madeline McClure, Executive Director, 214-442-1672x674

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault is committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention and advocacy.

Contact: Annette Burrhus-Clay, Executive Director, 512-474-7190x11

The Texas Council on Family Violence promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence.

Contact: Gloria Terry, CEO, 512-794-1133x6265

Cover Texas Now is a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations that desire to see the state of Texas implement a sustainable health care system and provide quality affordable health coverage to its citizens.

Contact: Email List Sign-Up

Mental Health America of Texas is the state's largest and longest-serving mental health education and advocacy group.

Contact: Lynn Lasky Clark, President & CEO, 512-454-3706

The mission of My Medicaid Matters is to inform policymakers and the public about the benefits of Medicaid and what could happen to Texans if Medicaid were reduced or eliminated. Over 102 Texas organizations are working together to provide a unified voice in support of a strong Medicaid program that will continue to meet millions of Texans' needs.

Contact: Dennis Borel, Executive Director, 512-478-3366

Texas Action for Healthy Kids is a volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.

Contact: Alice Kirk, MPH, Chair

Texas Association of Charitable Clinics is a private, nonprofit membership association that supports Texas' free and charitable clinics. Through mentoring, the provision of resources and education and advocacy efforts, TXACC seeks to strengthen the charitable clinic network of Texas.

Contact: Jody Hopkins, Executive Director, 512-777-8929

The Texas Association of Community Health Centers is a private, nonprofit membership association that represents safety-net health care providers in the state of Texas.

Contact: Jose E. Camacho, Executive Director/General Counsel, 512-329-5959

The Texas CHIP Coalition was formed in 1988 to bring together state and local organizations to support adequate state funding and program improvements for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Children's Medicaid. The Coalition engages in public education and advocacy, working closely with state agencies and the Texas legislature on behalf of children and their families.

Contact: Email List Sign-Up

The Texas Coalition for Healthy Minds is a group of organizations that believe health is a personal, community, and statewide priority. Coalition members work together to promote the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorder.

Contact: Gyl Switzer, Coalition Facilitator, 512-903-4186

Texas Health Institute is a 501c(3) which provides leadership in development of health care solutions to shape the Texas health care landscape. As an independent nonpartisan nonprofit organization, THI takes a broad view of health care issues and their impact on people and their communities.

Contact: Camille Miller, CEO/President, 512-279-3901

The Texas Medical Association, the nation's largest state medical society, speaks out for nearly 46,000 physicians and medical student members across the state out of commitment to improve the health of all Texans.

Contact: Dan Finch, Legislative Affairs Director, 512-370-1355

The Texas Public Health Coalition is a coalition of health professional organizations and health-focused organizations dedicated to disease prevention and health promotion. The coalition works to reduce preventable disease by advancing effective public policies that promote a safe and healthy environment and healthy behaviors for all Texas residents.

Contact: 512-370-1462 or 512-370-1670

The Texas Association of Community Development Corporations is a nonprofit statewide membership association of Community Development Corporations and related nonprofit, government, and for-profit entities engaged in producing affordable housing and community economic development. TACDC seeks to forge a supportive environment at the local, state, and federal levels on behalf of those that create and preserve homes, jobs, small businesses and other community assets.

Contact: Matt Hull, Executive Director, 512-916-0508x102

Texas Homeless Network is a nonprofit membership-based organization helping Texas communities prevent and end homelessness. THN provides training and technical assistance around the state of Texas helping service providers and communities better serve the homeless population with the end goal of preventing and ending homelessness.

Contact: Eric Samuels, President & CEO, 512-687-5105

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service is a nonprofit corporation established in Austin by a concerned group of community leaders, nonprofit, public and private housing providers, and low-income people. They develop model solutions to Texas' critical housing and community development problems.

Contact: Karen Paup, Co-director, 512-477-8910; or John Henneberger, Co-director, 512-477-8910

Feeding Texas, formerly known as the Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN), is a statewide, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to lead a unified effort for a hunger-free Texas. Feeding Texas moves millions of hungry Texans toward food security through a statewide network of food banks; strengthen sthe collective response to hunger through collaboration and scaling success; and leads the public conversation needed to solve hunger in Texas.

Contact: Celia Cole, CEO, 512-527-3613

The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) is a capacity-building and collaborative project. We seek to develop and implement strategies to end hunger through policy, education, community organizing, and community development.

Contact: Jeremy Everett, Director, Central Office, 254-710-6800; Katie H. Nye, Director, Austin Regional Office, 512-650-5314

The Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations is a statewide membership association reflecting and promoting Texas' growing nonprofit community in all its diversity. TANO's mission is to connect, strengthen, and support the nonprofit community for the public good of Texas.

Contact: Carol Johnson, Interim Executive Director, 512-579-1936

Adult Day Health Care Association of Texas is a statewide organization of adult day care and health care providers licensed by the state of Texas and dedicated to keeping adults needing assistance healthy, independent, and non-institutionalized.

Contact: Troy Carter, President or Blanca Laborde, Executive Director, Email List Sign-Up, 1-877-560-5955

The Meals on Wheels Association of Texas is a 501(c)(6) association whose mission is to represent and advocate for clients and providers of home-delivered and/or congregate meal services in Texas. A focus of MOWAT is to secure continued funding for the Texans Feeding Texans grant program within the Texas Department of Agriculture. MOWAT also monitors and reports on regulatory changes at the state level as well as provides input and makes recommendations regarding Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and Texas Health and Human Services Commission regulations that govern home-delivered meal programs and congregate meal programs.

Contact: Jackie Hamm, Chair, 940-322-6232 or 940-704-5465; or Dan Pruett, TDA and Texas Legislature Liaison, 512-476-6325

The Texas Assisted Living Association is dedicated to advancing public policy initiatives advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Texans.

Contact: Gail Harmon, President & CEO, 512-576-7563

The Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition develops and actively supports public policy to protect and enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families. TSAC is dedicated to helping older adults fully access all aspects of community life, act on their own behalf and make decisions, get accurate and timely information, and access support and services in their home communities.

Contact: Walter Graham, Chair or Susan Copeland, Central Texas Representative, 512-467-2242

The Texas Fair Lending Alliance is a coalition of over 60 organizations and individuals working to transform the Texas payday and auto title loan market from one based on a cycle of debt, to one that thrives on a cycle of success.of organizations and individuals working to end payday and auto title loan outfits in Texas. TFLA's goal is to strive for a market with fair and transparent payday and auto title loans that are a win for lenders, borrowers, and the Texas economy.

Contact: Click here to contact TFLA

ADAPT of Texas is a grassroots disability rights group. ADAPT tackles issues such as: access and the ADA; affordable, accessible, and integrated housing; attendant services; better wages and benefits for attendants; curb cuts and community access; and transportation.

Contact: Bob Kafka, Organizer, 512-442-0252

 As a state chapter of The Arc of The United States, The Arc of Texas promotes, protects, and advocates for the human rights and self-determination of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Contact: Cyndi Gornick, Executive Director, 512-454-6694x7736

Texas Forward is a coalition of organizations promoting a balanced approach to state budget decisions. Texas Forward's member organizations represent a board spectrum of interests, but all believe that meeting the needs of Texans and moving our state forward to greater prosperity and opportunity will require more than just belt-tightening and cuts in education, health care, and other vital public services.


The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas is a nonprofit organization that improves the quality and increases the availability of literacy services for Central Texans. The Literacy Coalition supports a network of more than 40 nonprofit organizations providing more than 70 literacy programs, including English as a second language classes, GED preparation classes, family literacy, computer literacy, health literacy, and workforce literacy within Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties. They develop resources, provide trainings for volunteers and program staff, and conduct advocacy at the local and state levels.

Contact: Meg Poag, Executive Director, 512-735-2534

The Texas Charter School Association is a statewide association representing approximately 460 charter schools and educating more than 110,000 students in every part of Texas. The association advocates in Austin and Washington D.C. for member schools, improves their academic and financial performance through the implementation of the TCSA Quality Framework, and provides member services for school operators, board members, and staff.

Contact: David Dunn, Executive Director, 512-584-8272

The goal of the Texas Transit Association is to support the needs of Texas' public transportation systems through statewide advocacy and education.

Contact: Meredith Greene, Executive Director, 512-900-0550