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Grassroots Advocacy Training

NYSPA's Guide to Grassroots Advocacy Training

Whether you are new to grassroots advocacy, or are interested in strengthening your skills, this manual is for you. It includes tips and useful knowledge designed to help you ensure that policy makers in Albany, NY and in Washington, DC are responsive to issues that affect the profession of psychology and the psychological needs of their constituents. 


Every year there are ongoing battles with insurance regulations, access to care, competition among heath care professions, scope of practice issues and specific bills introduced. All of these issues ultimately affect patients and quality of psychological care. Addressing these issues to gain successful outcomes requires strategy, patience and a plan. 


Your commitment and involvement to grassroots advocacy will help ensure that political interest and attention to psychological issues will not wane. It will also make certain that programs and vital laws that are in place, like Timothy’s Law, are adequately funded and continue to be available for those in need for years to come. 
The legislative committee is committed to continually developing tools that you can use to assist in building your relationship with your legislators. The following links are tools that are available to NYSPA members, additional training and coaching is also available upon request. Send an email to if you would like a legislative committee member to contact you to discuss these tools.