Coalition Partners

Key Coalition Partnerships:

APA Board of Educational Affairs
The APA Board of Educational Affairs recommends educational policy for APA to the Board of Directors and Council of Representatives including changes to its programs and operational priorities which would allow APA to take a leadership role for the nation in the educational arena. They ensure importance and commitment to diversity in education and training in all of its activities and initiatives.

National Working Group on Foster Care and Education and the Education Advisory Committee
This committee is sponsored by the American Bar Association Center for Foster Care and Education and Casey Family Programs and has as its mission to improve the educational success of students in foster care.

Coalition for Community Schools
The Coalition for Community Schools advocates for community schools as the vehicle for strengthening schools, families, and communities so that together they can improve student learning and overall wellness.

Committee for Education Funding (CEF)
The Committee for Education Funding advocates for federal investments in education. CEF works directly with Congress and the administration in the budget and appropriations process. NASP is active in the production and distribution of the annual CEF Budget Response book, corresponding Congressional briefing, annual legislative conference, and annual CEF gala.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of more than 80 professional and parent/advocacy groups that provide significant input into laws for persons with disabilities. Specific task forces are the active voice for CCD and NASP is active in the Education Task Force.

Fair Access Coalition on Testing
The mission of FACT is to protect the rights of test professionals to use tests for which they have demonstrated competence in administration and interpretation, and from unreasonable restrictions by regulatory or legislative agencies.

Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation
The JCSEE is a coalition of major organizations concerned with the quality of evaluations of educational programs, personnel, and students. This committee falls under the Professional Standards Program.

Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium
The mission of the Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium is to advance a systematic and emergent agenda that promotes the mental health professional preparation of educators and all other school personnel at all levels (preservice, graduate, and inservice) as well as the professional preparation of mental health clinicians in understanding and working in educational environments. In addition, its mission includes efforts toward promoting the integration of education and mental health systems as well as effective school-based mental health programs.

Mental Health Liaison Group
The Mental Health Liaison Group is designed to coordinate efforts to improve the delivery of mental health services, increase awareness of mental health needs and treatment, advance legislation to provide mental health parity, and improve relationships among parents, educators and school-based mental health-related services and community mental health services.

National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP)
NASISP is a coalition of national organizations representing more than 2.5 million professionals involved in education, including special education and related services. Membership is comprised of school psychologists; school social workers; school counselors; teachers; administrators; art, recreation, and music therapists; physical and occupational therapists; speech-language pathologists; and nurses.

National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services (NCPS)
The mission of NCPS is to sustain a discussion among all stakeholders on the need for and value of special education, related services, and early intervention; and to identify, disseminate, and support implementation of national, state, and local strategies to remedy personnel shortages and persistent vacancies for the benefit of all children and youth.

National Consortium for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (NCCAMHS)
NCCAMHS supports federal, state, and local services for children and adolescents with emotional problems and their families.

National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety
The primary mission of NCCSHS is to bring together representatives of major national education, health, safety, and nutrition organizations plus relevant federal agencies for collaborative activities that promote policies and programs at national, state, and local levels for advancing the health, safety, and education of all children and adolescents.

National Education Association School Psychology Caucus
The caucus' mission is to promote awareness of mental health services in schools and advocate for the role and services of school psychologists in schools.

National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD)
Founded in 1975, the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is a national committee of representatives from organizations committed to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities.

National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition
The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition is a coalition of organizations that work for national policies that protect the welfare, mental health, and rights of children and youth in a variety of settings. Particular emphasis is placed on reauthorization and funding of juvenile delinquency prevention programs and programs within the juvenile justice system. 

National Safe Schools Partnership
The National Safe Schools Partnership promotes safe schools policies and legislation including antibully and harassment initiatives.

National Task Force for Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
The National Task Force for UDL advocates for Universal Design for Learning in federal, state, and district policy. Coalition goals include advocating for inclusion of UDL principles in federal, state, and local education policy. In addition, the coalition develops a variety of UDL resources (e.g., FAQ guides, policy briefs, advocacy toolkits, social media sites) to assist in the promotion of UDL.

SAMHSA National LGBTQI2-S Workgroup
Workgroup members help identify specific strategies and interventions that can be applied within the system of care program, and throughout communities across the country. The workgroup helps to guide efforts to develop policies, programs, materials, and other products that help support and enhance services for children and youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, or two-spirit (LGBTQI2-S).

School Psychology Leadership Roundtable
This group was formed within a few years of disbanding the NASP/APA Inter-organizational Committee (IOC).  Its purpose is to bring together each organization within the profession of school psychology.

SHAC: Student Health Advisory Committee Friends of School Health
SHAC is the advocacy committee of the NCCSHS. It strives to promote legislation and public policy that advances school health programming, including school mental health.