Websites and Links

Advocacy and Public Policy


The Annie E. Casey Foundation

www.aecf.org

Producer of the KIDS Count Data Book. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.

Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

https://abhw.org

A nonprofit focused on ensuring better health outcomes for individuals and communities by advocating on behalf of health plans for improved access and higher quality care. ABHW works to advance federal policy and mental health and addiction services. Is the national voice for payers that manage behavioral health insurance benefits.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

www.bazelon.org

An advocate for people with mental health disabilities with a mission to protect and advance the rights of adults and children. Their work in education is mostly based around protecting the rights of students in public schools under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).

Beach Center on Disability

https://beachcenter.lsi.ku.edu

The Beach Center on Disability focuses research, training, and advocacy on promoting abilities of people of all ages who experience disability, in order to assure a self-determined, goal-driven, and self-selected quality of life within communities where everyone lives. Information and additional resources on mental health disabilities for families provided by the University of Kansas.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

www.cbpp.org

Nonpartisan research and policy institute that pursues federal and state policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways. Expertise in budget and tax issues and in programs and policies that help low-income people, in order to help inform debates and achieve better policy outcomes.

Center for Family Policy and Practice

https://cffpp.org

The Center for Family Policy and Practice is a nationally focused public policy organization conducting policy research, technical assistance, training, litigation, and public education in order to focus attention on the barriers faced by never-married, low-income fathers and their families. Current primary projects include domestic violence and fatherhood and child welfare and fatherhood policy.

Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

www.chcs.org

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care quality for low-income children and adults, people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, frail elders, and racially and ethnically diverse populations experiencing disparities in care.

Child Trends

www.childtrends.org

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center based in Bethesda, Maryland that conducts research on children, children's families, child well-being, and factors affecting children's lives.

Children's Bureau

www.acf.hhs.gov/cb

The Children's Bureau, the oldest Federal agency for children and families, is located within the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. The Bureau is responsible for assisting States in the delivery of child welfare services designed to protect children and to strengthen families. The Bureau provides grants to States, Tribes, and communities to operate a range of child welfare services including child protective services, family preservation and support, foster care, adoption, and independent living.

Children’s Defense Fund – Leave No Child Behind

www.childrensdefense.org

Children’s Defense Fund provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. They pay particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown.

Children’s Mental Health Network

www.cmhnetwork.org

The Children’s Mental Health Network provides weekly news and unbiased analysis of key issues focused on children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being. The Children’s Mental Health Network strives to be a fair and independent source of information about children’s mental health, creating a forum for sharing diverse ideas and opinions about ways to improve the lives of children and youth living with mental health conditions and their families.

Disability Scoop

www.disabilityscoop.com

Disability Scoop is the nation’s largest news organization devoted to covering developmental disabilities. With daily coverage of autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more, no other news source offers a timelier and more comprehensive take on the issues that matter to the developmental disability community.

Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

https://childandfamilypolicy.duke.edu/

At the Center for Child and Family Policy, they pursue science-based solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families. The Center emphasizes the bridge from research to policy and practice through an integrated system of research, teaching, service and policy engagement.

Faces of Voices & Recovery

https://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org

Dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

Families USA

https://familiesusa.org

Families USA advances its mission by combining policy expertise and partnerships with community, state, and national leaders to forge transformational solutions that improve the health and health care of our nation’s families.

Family Run Executive Leadership Association (FREDLA)

https://www.fredla.org

The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) serves as the national representative and advocate for family-run organizations and their executive directors and supports effective stewardship of family-run organizations.

Family Voices

http://familyvoices.org

Family Voices is a national family-led organization of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and disabilities. They promote partnership with families at all levels of health care — individual and policy decision-making levels—in order to improve health care services and policies for children.

First Focus Campaign for Children

https://campaignforchildren.org

The First Focus Campaign for Children is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization affiliated with First Focus, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization. The Campaign for Children advocates directly for legislative change in Congress to ensure children and families are a priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

https://gucchd.georgetown.edu

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) was established over 50 years ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth and their families, especially those with special health care needs, behavioral health challenges or disabilities (including adults with disabilities).

The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity

www.kennedysatcher.org

Collaborative effort toward equal treatment of mental health and substance use disorders through targeted efforts to aggregate and elevate parity implementation, conduct research that informs mental health policy, and engage key stakeholders to advance mental and behavioral health equity.

The Kennedy Forum

www.thekennedyforum.org

The Kennedy Forum leads a national dialogue on transforming the health care system by uniting mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles, including full implementation of the Federal Parity Law. The Forum aims to achieve health equity by advancing evidence-based practices, policies, and programming for the treatment of mental health and addiction.

The Kenndy Forum maintains the National Parity Registry - www.parityregistry.org.

Mental Health for US

www.mentalhealthforus.net

Mental Health for US is a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in national policy.

Mental Health Liaison Group

www.mhlg.org

The Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) is a coalition of national organizations representing consumers, family members, mental health and addiction providers, advocates, payers and other stakeholders committed to strengthening Americans’ access to mental health and addiction care. As trusted leaders in the field, our 60+ member organizations are dedicated to elevating the national conversation around mental health and addiction. Together, they work to advance federal policies that support prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services and supports.

National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH)

www.nacbh.org

Their mission is to advance the field of children’s behavioral health by engaging talented and promising leaders to identify emerging practices of excellence and transform them into effective public policy, while promoting their broad implementation.

NADD

www.thenadd.org

NADD is a not-for-profit membership association established for professionals, care providers and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs. The mission of NADD is to advance mental wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through the promotion of excellence in mental health care.

National Association for Rural Mental Health

www.narmh.org

The National Association for Rural Mental Health seeks to promote the linkage of the diverse voices of rural mental health, through its activities as a membership organization. As a national organization, NARMH provides a forum for rural mental health professionals, advocates, and consumers to identify issues and problems, share innovative solutions and model programs, and speak with a shared voice on issues of rural mental health concern.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

www.nasmhpd.org

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) is a membership organization that represents State commissioners/directors and their agencies. The NASMHPD also includes five divisions comprised of directors of special populations/services, such as Children, Youth & Families, as well as a Medical Directors Council. The purpose of these entities is to provide technical assistance and expert consultation to the Commissioners/Directors on issues specific to those populations.

National Council for Behavioral Health

www.thenationalcouncil.org

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. The National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1.5 million Americans have been trained.

The National Council maintains the Policy Action Center - www.thenationalcouncil.org/policy-action

National Disability Rights Network

www.ndrn.org

NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). There is a P&A/CAP agency in every state and U.S. territory as well as one serving the Native American population in the four corners region. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

One Mind

https://onemind.org

By supporting and funding best-in-class brain science, One Mind works to speed up discoveries in brain health research through the principles of large-scale open-science. It brings together the best minds in neuroscience around a collective goal to more effectively diagnose, prevent, treat, and even cure brain disease and injury.

Partnership for America's Children

https://foramericaschildren.org

The Partnership for America’s Children’s mission is to support its network of state and community child advocacy organizations in effective advocacy. The Partnership connects its members to peer expertise and national resources and facilitates interstate collaborations to deepen the level of impact of child advocacy within and across states. It fosters policy expertise, advocacy skills, and strong organizations.

PATHWAYS - Portland State University’s Research and Training Center
www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu

The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Their work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families and based in a positive development framework.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

www.rwjf.org

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. They support research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care.

Scattergood Foundation

www.scattergoodfoundation.org

The Scattergood Foundation believes major disruption is needed to build a stronger, more effective, compassionate, and inclusive health care system - one that improves well-being and quality of life as much as it treats illness and disease. Staff provides a variety of technical assistance and consulting services to grantees and partners. The Foundation provides a platform for individuals and organizations to present ideas and theories which challenge the status quo in behavioral health.

Stand for Children

http://stand.org

For more than 20 years, Stand for Children has advocated for better and equal education standards for all children by utilizing a strong three-pillared approach: Parents, Politics, and Policy. Coupling this with organizing and empowering parents and community has led to policy, legislation, election, and budget wins across our 9 states of Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. Its Chief Executive Officer is Jonah Edelman, the son of Marian Wright Edelman, child advocate and founder of the Children's Defense Fund.

Wrights Law

www.wrightslaw.com

Vast repository of information and resources on special education law and advocacy for children.




Child Abuse, Neglect & Violence Prevention


Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

https://cspv.colorado.edu

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CVSP) is a research program that provides assistance to groups committed to understanding and preventing violence, especially adolescent violence. CVSP maintains an information clearinghouse that collects research literature and resources on the causes and prevention of violence and provides direct information services to the public by offering online searchable customized databases.

Center for Violence and Injury Prevention

https://cvip.wustl.edu

The Center for Violence and Injury Prevention (CVIP) promotes healthy young families and healthy young adults by advancing evidence-based violence prevention through a range of education, research, and training activities on topics that include child abuse and neglect and sexual violence.

Childhelp

www.childhelp.org

Childhelp is dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and offers prevention, intervention and treatment programs.

National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

www.preventtogether.org

The mission of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation is, through a unified effort of national cross-disciplinary organizations and experts, to promote the healthy development of children and youth, and prevent and end their sexual abuse and exploitation.

National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence

www.nccafv.org

The National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence is a nonprofit organization serving as a private sector response to the problems of child, spousal, and elder abuse. The Council's primary purpose is to strengthen, professionally and practically, community child abuse and family violence prevention and treatment programs nationwide. A broad range of activities is included in the Council's three major program areas: public awareness and education, professional development, and organizational development.

National Exchange Club Foundation

www.nationalexchangeclub.org

The National Exchange provides a variety of public awareness materials designed to help inform and increase awareness of child abuse and how it can be prevented. These are used in conjunction with Exchange Clubs and Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers.

National Online Safety

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources

National Online Safety's suite of learning materials, classroom resources and lesson plans help teachers educate children about how to stay safe online.

Parents Anonymous, Inc.

http://parentsanonymous.org

Parents Anonymous Inc. is a family strengthening organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Parents Anonymous, Inc. provides specialized trainings, customized technical assistance, public awareness and outreach strategies, and evaluation services to states, counties, and community-based organizations on a wide range of topics related to children and families.

Prevent Child Abuse America

https://preventchildabuse.org

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) is committed to promoting legislation, policies, and programs that help prevent child abuse and neglect, support healthy childhood development, and strengthen families. Working with state chapters, PCCA provides leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at the national and local levels.

Zero Abuse Project

www.zeroabuseproject.org

The mission of Zero Abuse Project is to protect children from abuse and sexual assault, by engaging people and resources through a trauma-informed approach of education, research, advocacy, and advanced technology.




Child Welfare


Casey Family Programs

www.casey.org

Casey Family Programs is committed to helping states, counties and tribes implement effective child welfare practices. The organization supports and assists child welfare systems in their efforts to protect children and create strong families. Children do best in stable families and familiar environments. This gives them the best chance to grow into successful adults.

Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused entirely on foster care and improving the child welfare system.

The Children’s Defense Fund

www.childrensdefense.org

The CDF provides a voice for all the children of America and focuses on the needs of poor children and those with disabilities. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children, and champions policies and programs to improve their odds. Its policy and advocacy work includes raising awareness, gathering and analyzing data, publishing reports and research, highlighting promising practices, seeking legislative and administrative improvements and implementing policies so they truly benefit the most vulnerable children.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

www.childwelfare.gov

Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. They feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.

Child Welfare League of America

www.cwla.org

CWLA leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov

NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families.




Specific Diagnosis and Disorders


Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety.org

www.anxiety.org

Anxiety.org, is committed to making a difference in the lives of those who suffer from anxiety. They disseminate cutting edge mental health research and insights from world-class doctors, therapists, researchers, and specialists who have dedicated their lives to understanding and curing anxiety.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

https://adaa.org

ADAA is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. ADAA’s unique interlinked consumer and professional mission focuses on improving quality of life for those with these disorders.

National Anxiety Foundation

www.nationalanxietyfoundation.org

The National Anxiety Foundation offers free educational material written by experts in the field of psychology regarding anxiety disorders such as panic attack, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

International OCD Foundation

https://iocdf.org

The International OCD Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to "help everyone affected by obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders to live full and productive lives." As part of their mission to raise awareness about OCD and related disorders, increase access to effective treatment, help end stigma, and foster a community, the IOCDF provides resources and programs throughout the year for individuals affected by OCD, their families, and mental health professionals, alike.

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

https://iocdf.org

Information and Assistance for individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders. The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to help everyone affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Their aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.

Attention Deficit Disorders

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Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

https://chadd.org

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national, non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. In addition, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.

MY ADHD

www.myadhd.com

A unique site that aids in the assessment and treatment of those with ADHD. Assessment, tracking and treatment tools for behavior management for parents, educators, doctors, and adults.

Understood

www.understood.org/en

Fifteen nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. Provide resources and chats with experts.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Science Foundation

https://autismsciencefoundation.org

The Autism Science Foundation’s mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

https://autisticadvocacy.org

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities

Autism Society

www.autism-society.org

The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. They provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through a strong nationwide network of affiliates.

Autism Speaks

www.autismspeaks.org

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities)

https://hscj.ufl.edu/pediatrics/autism

Provides support and assistance to optimize the potential of people with autism and related disabilities from the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville.

Future Horizons

www.fhautism.com

Future Horizons was created to meet the needs of teachers, therapists, and family members who face the challenge of autism. It provides an online catalog with extensive information on Asperger’s and autism.

O.A.S.I.S. (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support)

www.aspergersyndrome.org

Provides resources for families and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified. (PDD/NOS) This resource is maintained by Barb Kirby, and has been made possible by a generous grant of space and assistance by the University of Delaware.

Odyssey Foundation

www.odysseyfoundationla.org

The Odyssey Foundation is committed to reducing childhood obesity and other childhood illnesses that affect the growth and development of children. Additionally, it provides resources to families of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Operation Autism

https://operationautism.org

Operation Autism is a web-based resource specifically designed and created to support military families that have children with autism. It is the shared product of the vision and energy of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and the funding support of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.

Pathfinders for Autism
www.pathfindersforautism.org
Parent sponsored, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families.

Depression and Bipolar Disorder

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America

https://adaa.org

ADAA is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. ADAA’s unique interlinked consumer and professional mission focuses on improving quality of life for those with these disorders.

Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance (DBSA)

www.dbsalliance.org

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an 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.

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

https://sardaa.org/

The Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America promotes improvement in lives affected by schizophrenia-related brain illnesses (mental illnesses involving psychosis). SARDAA promotes hope and recovery through support programs, education, collaboration, and advocacy. Their vision is that every person living with a schizophrenia-related brain disorder receives respect, appropriate treatment and an opportunity to live a meaningful and satisfying life in a compassionate community free of discrimination.

Tourette’s Syndrome Association, Inc.

https://tourette.org

The Tourette Association of America (formerly known as the Tourette Syndrome Association) has emerged as the premier national non-profit organization working to make life better for all people affected by Tourette and tic disorders.




Early Childhood


Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

www.ecmhc.org/index.html

The Center translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences and makes them available on the center's website. The Center gathers in one place a wide range of materials that address the needs of Head Start staff and families for practical guidance on effective ways to promote young children's social and emotional development and reduce challenging behaviors. It includes an A to Z resource listing.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC)

http://ectacenter.org

National Technical Assistance Center focuses on building state and local system capacity to improve outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. ECTA Center is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

National Association for the Education of Young Children

www.naeyc.org

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

ZERO TO THREE

www.zerotothree.org

Zero to Three's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. Zero to Three is dedicated to advancing current knowledge, promoting beneficial policies and practices, communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences, and providing training, technical assistance, and leadership development.




Eating Disorders


The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders. They house a a national directory of providers and treatment facilities with expertise in eating disorders searchable by state and zip code here: www.findEDhelp.com.

Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action

www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org

The EDC advances the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority throughout the United States. They work to promote policies that eliminate the problems faced by people with eating disorders and that may prevent further people from developing eating disorders.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (ANAD)

https://anad.org

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders is the oldest organization aimed at fighting eating disorders in the United States. ANAD assists people struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and also provides resources for families, schools and the eating disorder community. Headquartered in Naperville, Illinois, ANAD is a non-profit organization working in the areas of support, awareness, advocacy, referral, education, and prevention. ANAD runs a 9-5 helpline and help email.

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.




Education


Alliance for Excellent Education

https://all4ed.org

The mission of the Alliance for Excellent Education is to promote high school transformation to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary learning and success in life. All4Ed advocates on behalf of students who are underperforming and/or historically underserved, and provides an opportunity to improve individual lives, reinvigorate local communities, and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

www.bazelon.org

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a leading advocate for people with mental health disabilities with a mission to protect and advance the rights of adults and children. Their work in education is mostly based around protecting the rights of students in public schools under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Under these laws, all students — regardless of mental illness or ability — should be able to receive accommodation and education while being integrated into the classroom.

Georgia Help Guide for Children with Behavior and Learning Challenges

https://gaappleseed.org/media/HelpGuides/HelpGuideStateofGeorgiav.1.pdf

These guides include one or two-page informational handouts. The guides are meant to be easily accessible to readers of different abilities and shareable. Topics include IEPs, Section 504, Student Support Teams, and School Discipline.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

www.ncld.org

The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. The NCLD works to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

www.ncset.org/default.asp

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

PACER Center

www.pacer.org

PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.

Understood

www.understood.org/en

Fifteen nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. It provides resources and chats with experts.

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

www.ed.gov

The DOE's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Their 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to: establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds; collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research; focusing national attention on key educational issues; and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Wrights Law

www.wrightslaw.com

Vast repository for information regarding special education law and advocacy for children.




Grandparents


Generations United

www.grandfamilies.org

Resources include information on existing state laws and policies affecting grandparents raising grandchildren. Grandfamilies.org serves as a national legal resource in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system. Its goals are to educate individuals about state laws, legislation and policy in support of grandfamilies; assist interested policymakers, advocates, caregivers, and attorneys in exploring policy options to support relatives and the children in their care; and provide technical assistance and training.

National Kinship Alliance for Children

www.govserv.org/US/National-Kinship-Alliance The National Kinship Alliance for Children is a nationwide network of Kinship Caregivers, community members, and professionals working together to provide education and support, advocacy, and thought leadership for children, grandparents, and kinship families. Their vision is all children having healthy and stable relationships with their grandparents and other relatives. They provide support and advocacy.

The Grandkin Guide, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Relatives Raising Children explains what extended families can expect when asked to care for relative children. The guide provides information on kinship care, legal custody, financial assistance, trauma-informed parenting, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.




Health


The Catalyst Center

https://ciswh.org/about

Dedicated to expanding the impact of social work in health care and public health in order to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations nationally and globally.

Health Finder.gov

https://healthfinder.gov

Browse health topics A to Z. When making decisions about your health, it’s important to know where to get the most reliable information. At https://healthfinder.gov and https://healthfinder.gov/myhealthfinder, one can connect with science-based prevention and wellness information to act on today. Healthfinder.gov is a website managed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

MedlinePlus

https://medlineplus.gov

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, at no cost.

National Institutes of Health

www.nih.gov

The National Institutes of Health is the nation's steward of medical and behavioral research. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. Through its more than two dozen institutes and centers, NIH conducts research, supports the research of other scientists and researchers at universities, medical schools, hospitals, and institutions in the United States and abroad, helps train researchers, and fosters communication of medical information. NIH is an agency of the Public Health Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

www.nichd.nih.gov

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development supports and conducts research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations. The NICHD works to ensure that every child is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from the reproductive process, and that all children have a chance to fulfill their potential for a healthy and productive life, free of disease or disability. NICHD is a program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Odyssey Foundation

www.odysseyfoundationla.org

The Odyssey Foundation is committed to reducing childhood obesity and other childhood illnesses that affect the growth and development of children. Additionally, it provides resources to families of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Rural Health Information Hub

www.ruralhealthinfo.org

The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues.

The RHIhub is your guide to improving health for rural residents and provides access to current and reliable resources and tools to help you learn about rural health needs and work to address them. If you're looking for information, opportunities, and resources on rural health, this is the right place.




Information and Referral


Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator - SAMHSA

www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov

The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems. Search by zip code for substance abuse and mental health treatment. Links to locate self-help groups, peer support and consumer support.

InsureKidsNow.gov

www.insurekidsnow.gov

State-specific information about health insurance coverage for children under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

On Our Sleeves

www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving/on-our-sleeves

The On Our Sleeves movement is a national mission to break the silence surrounding children’s mental health. With free on-line content and resources, On Our Sleeves offers hope to families navigating mental health issues in their own lives. There are also conversation starters and tips for friends, families and co-workers who want to support children living with mental illness.

On Our Sleeves also maintains a directory of mental health resources nationally and by state located here. If you are looking for behavioral health resources in your state, they have put together 50 states of resources, including an interactive map, to help individuals and families access behavioral health care providers in or near their communities.




Juvenile Justice


Campaign for Youth Justice

www.campaignforyouthjustice.org

The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is a national initiative focused entirely on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. The campaign utilizes both federal and state-level strategies for youth justice reform. They believe that any movement must involve those who are most impacted by the laws and policies. Thus, they seek to empower those affected by encouraging them to use their voices and experiences to affect meaningful change.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
www.juvjustice.org

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is a nationwide coalition of State Advisory Groups (SAGs), organizations, individuals, youth, and allies dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system. CJJ envisions a nation where fewer children are at risk of delinquency; and if they are at risk or involved with the justice system, they and their families receive every possible opportunity to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Models for Change

www.modelsforchange.net

Over the past decade, the Models for Change initiative has advanced reforms to make juvenile justice systems more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate. Based on ground-breaking research, this national effort improved outcomes for kids and communities, while holding young people accountable for their behavior.

National Center for Juvenile Justice

www.ncjj.org

The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). NCJJ is a resource for independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of juvenile justice.

National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice

https://ncyoj.policyresearchinc.org

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) aims to improve life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives. They translate research into policy and practice effectuating change that produces more efficient and effective systems, generates better outcomes for vulnerable young people, and maintains safety for youth and their families, youth-serving professionals, and communities as a whole.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov

NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

www.ncjfcj.org

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is dedicated to improving the court system's handling of juvenile and family matters through applied research, technical assistance, and continuing education of judges and juvenile justice professionals on family violence, child abuse and neglect, and child protection and custody.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

www.ojjdp.gov

OJJDP's mission is to provide national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP accomplishes this by supporting states and local communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it maintains public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitation tailored to the needs of families and individuals.




Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Communities Advocacy and Support Organizations


Family Acceptance Project

http://familyproject.sfsu.edu

The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. They use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children. Their team has been putting research into practice by developing an evidence-based family model of wellness, prevention and care to strengthen families and promote positive development and healthy futures for LGBT children and youth.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

www.glsen.org

The Network focuses on improving school climate and champions lesbian, gay, transgender issues in K-12 education. GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.

Gender Spectrum

www.genderspectrum.org

Gender Spectrum provides education, training, and support to help create a gender-sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. Gender Spectrum also offers a wide range of resources, training, and consultation to support schools to be more welcoming for all students, regardless of their gender.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

https://pflag.org

PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

The Trevor Project

www.thetrevorproject.org

The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.




Maternal Health


Maternal and Child Health Bureau

https://mchb.hrsa.gov

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau strives to provide national leadership and to work in partnership with states, communities, private agencies, and families to strengthen the maternal and child health (MCH) infrastructure, assure the availability and use of medical homes, and build knowledge and human resources to assure continued improvement in the health, safety, and well-being of the MCH population. The MCH population includes all America's women, infants, children, adolescents and their families, fathers, and children with special health care needs.

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health

www.ncemch.org

The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health provides national leadership to the maternal and child health community in program development, policy analysis and education, and state-of-the-art knowledge with the goal of improving the health and well-being of the nation's children and families. A multidisciplinary faculty and staff collaborate with federal agencies, corporate, philanthropic and other professional organizations, and academic institutions to develop national health initiatives, develop and disseminate materials, and provide a virtual library.

2020 Mom

www.2020mom.org

2020 Mom closes the gaps in maternal mental health care through education, collaboration and advocacy. It understands the health care system and delivers the maternal mental health message and solutions to stakeholders and thought leaders to drive policy change. It engages advocates to drive change in their communities and states




Mental Health/Behavioral Health


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
www.aacap.org

Provides information about developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.

American Psychological Association

www.apa.org

APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Bring Change 2 Mind

www.bringchange2mind.org

Bring Change to Mind is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.

Talk Tool: This tool is meant to show the many ways you can talk about mental health with people in your life.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children’s Mental Health

www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the lead Federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of people in the United States.

Center for Mental Health Services

www.mentalhealth.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services - SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center

Center for Parent Information and Resources

www.parentcenterhub.org

The materials found on the CPIR Hub have been created and archived for parent centers around the country to help them provide support and services to the families they serve. The CPIR employs a user-centered process, gathering the perspectives of its experienced audience—Parent Center staff members and other experts—every step of the way, to create products and services that increase Parent Centers’ knowledge and capacity in specific domains.

​Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

http://cpr.bu.edu

The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities.

Child Mind Institute

http://childmind.org

The Child Mind Institute is committed to finding effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. They offer guides, latest diagnostic information, webinars and chats with experts.

Georgia Help Guide for Children with Behavior and Learning Challenges

https://gaappleseed.org/media/HelpGuides/HelpGuideStateofGeorgiav.1.pdf

These guides include one to two-page informational handouts for parents and caregivers, teachers, advocates and others concerned about school children with behavior or learning challenges. Topics include IEPs, Section 504, student support teams, school discipline and help that is available in public schools and your community.

Heads Together

www.headstogether.org.uk

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

HealthyChildren.org

www.healthychildren.org

Whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you'll find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) many programs and activities, its policies and guidelines, publications and other child health resources, as well as much, much more. The information comes from the nation's leading child health experts with scientific research supporting its recommendations.

HelpGuide

www.helpguide.org

HelpGuide is a nonprofit mental health and wellness website whose mission is to provide

empowering, evidence-based information that you can use to help yourself and your loved ones. HelpGuide is dedicated to Morgan Leslie Segal, who died by suicide in 1996 at the age of 29, and whose parents concluded that the best way to honor the memory of their daughter was by helping people in similar trouble by guiding them toward appropriate information and care.

Mental Health America

www.mentalhealthamerica.net
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.

Mental Health.gov

www.mentalhealth.gov

MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government (US Department of Health and Human Services) mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide by defining mental health and well-being and by providing information on how to get help, including locating resources and services in your community by searching your state zip code. This site also includes special sections on Help for Youth and Veterans.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
www.nami.org
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics

NIMH offers expert-reviewed information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research. Use their A to Z list to find basic information on signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and current clinical trials

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

www.mhselfhelp.org

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is a consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement. They help connect individuals to self-help and advocacy resources and offer expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.

On Our Sleeves

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving/on-our-sleeves

The On Our Sleeves movement is a national mission to break the silence surrounding children’s mental health. With free on-line content and resources, On Our Sleeves offers hope to families navigating mental health issues in their own lives. There are also conversation starters and tips for friends, families and co-workers who want support children living with mental illness.

On Our Sleeves maintains a directory of national and state mental health resources located here. If you are looking for behavioral health resources in your state, they have put together 50 states of resources, including an interactive map, to help individuals and families access behavioral health care providers in or near their communities.

PACER Center

www.pacer.org

PACER Center, Inc. provides information, training, and assistance to parents of children and young adults with all disabilities; physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, and health. Its mission is to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and their families.

PsychHub

www.psychhub.com

Psych Hub is an online platform providing free, engaging videos about mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention The most comprehensive video library of mental health education in the world, it offers over 100 free, short videos on mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention topics.

PsyCom

www.psycom.net

Psycom seeks to inspire patients and their caregivers to better understand their mental health conditions and to take an active role in their own care. Each piece of content provides a service to the reader through education and empowerment.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

www.samhsa.gov

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

The Institute for Innovation & Implementation – TA Network

https://theinstitute.umaryland.edu

The Institute serves as the coordinating entity for ‌the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), which operates the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) and provides training and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, and communities focused on improving children's behavioral health. In addition, the TA Network provides support to communities funded by SAMHSA's Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program ("system of care grantees"), including youth and family leadership and organizations.

Youth Mental Health Project

http://ymhproject.org

The Youth Mental Health Project is a group of individuals who believe that mental health is imperative to all health. They empower young people, parents, and caring adults with the practical knowledge, support and resources they need to nurture their children’s mental health and intervene when they recognize warning signs.




Substance Use Disorders


Advocates for Opioid Recovery

www.opioidrecovery.org

Advocates for Opioid Recovery is an initiative focused squarely on promoting the evidence-based interventions that can have a dramatic impact on ending the opioid addiction and overdose crisis in this country. Advocates for Opioid Recovery is dedicated to educating key influencers on how medication-assisted treatment is a far more effective way of delivering long-term recovery than abstinence-only rehab, which has an 80% failure rate.

Center on Addiction

www.centeronaddiction.org

At Center on Addiction, the mission is to transform how our nation addresses addiction. The center is committed to supporting the whole family as it addresses every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery. In 2019, Center on Addiction and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids merged to accelerate progress towards this goal.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

www.cadca.org

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is a nonprofit organization committed to creating safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is achieved by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

https://nasadad.org

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) is an educational, scientific, and informational organization. NASADAD's basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every state.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov

NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

www.niaaa.nih.gov

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supports and conducts biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. NIAAA also provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the severe, and often fatal, consequences of the problem through research, collaboration with related programs, and dissemination of research findings. The Institute also sponsors prevention programs to keep children of all ages alcohol-free.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

https://www.drugabuse.gov

The National Institute on Drug Abuse supports over 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA works to ensure that the foundation for the nation's drug abuse reduction efforts are based on science. National Institute on Drug Abuse is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

National Voice for the Children

https://nacoa.org

NACoA’s mission is to eliminate the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families. NACoA provides resources for everyone, including support for professionals with tools and training in order to better support individuals in pain due to alcohol and drug dependency in their families. NACoA offers a variety of programs and products uniquely designed to offer support and assist individuals at home or in the workplace. It’s the only national membership organization focusing on the children of parents struggling with alcohol or substance abuse.

Office of National Drug Control Policy - Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse

www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is a component of the Executive Office of the President. The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

Shatterproof

www.shatterproof.org

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. Founded by a father who lost his son to drug addiction, Shatterproof treats addiction like a chronic disease, offering evidence-based and tangible resources for prevention, treatment and recovery. It will foster tolerance and compassion, and dismantle the discrimination and judgment associated with this non-discriminating and devastating disease.

Start Your Recovery

https://startyourrecovery.org

StartYourRecovery.org is a website developed to bring together experts in substance use treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions. Their goal is to offer people who are dealing with substance use issues a single source of reputable, objective information about signs, conditions, treatment options, and resources - presented in a user-friendly format and in language that’s easy to understand.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

http://www.samhsa.gov

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.




Suicide Prevention


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

https://afsp.org

AFPS is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

American Association of Suicidology

www.suicidology.org

The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention.

Crisis Text Line

www.crisistextline.org

Text from anywhere in the USA to communicate with a trained crisis counselor. Every texter is connected with a crisis counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line's crisis counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis.

The Jason Foundation

http://jasonfoundation.com

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

The Jed Foundation (JED)

www.jedfoundation.org

A non-profit organization that protects emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults. Transitioning into adulthood can bring big changes and intense challenges. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.

Minding Your Mind

https://mindingyourmind.org

Minding Your Mind’s (MYM) primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. Our goal is to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

https://theactionalliance.org

The Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) is the nation’s public-private partnership for suicide prevention. The Action Alliance works with more than 250 national partners to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Current priority areas include: transforming health systems, transforming communities, and changing the conversation.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.

The Trevor Project

www.thetrevorproject.org

The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

umttr - Your Life Matters

http://umttr.org

umttr is a community of young adults leading a movement to change the story from bullying, depression and suicide to a compassionate culture where every person matters. They work to empower schools and youth athletic organizations with funds, information, and tools.

Zero Suicide

http://zerosuicide.sprc.org

Zero Suicide is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), a project of Education Development Center's Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable.




Trauma and Traumatic Stress


Blue Knot Foundation - National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma

https://www.blueknot.org.au/resources/videos

Blue Knot Foundation has developed a series of 5 short videos with funding from the Federal Department of Health. They focus on survivors, family, friends, partners and loved ones of survivors, health professionals who work with survivors, primary care practitioners who work with survivors and others who work with survivors.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

www.nctsn.org

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS).

Piplo Productions - Stories for Social Good

http://piploproductions.com

Helping children and families recover after stressful or traumatic events by using storybooks, clinical psychology and cute characters. Some books are available in Spanish and other languages.




Youth and Young Adults


Active Minds

www.activeminds.org

Active Minds is a nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking while also providing expertise in college mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

Advocates for Youth

https://advocatesforyouth.org

This organization partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information, affordable sexual health services, and the resources and opportunities to create sexual health equity for all youth.

DMAX Foundation

www.dmaxfoundation.org

The DMAX mission is to eliminate stigma and encourage safe and caring conversations about mental health issues and emotional pain in our youth.

Mental Health Guide for College Students

https://collegestats.org/resources/mental-health-guide

CollegeStats designed this guide to help identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students. If left untreated, these issues can escalate and become debilitating for students. This guide offers direction on where and when to seek help.

Minding Your Mind

https://mindingyourmind.org

Minding Your Mind’s (MYM) primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. Their goal is to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues.

National Adolescent Health Information Center

http://nahic.ucsf.edu

The overall goal of the National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC) is to improve the health of adolescents by serving as a national resource for adolescent health information and research, and to assure the integration, synthesis, coordination and dissemination of adolescent health-related information.

The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health

www.thenationalalliance.org

The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health is devoted to education, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy in support of long-term, systemic improvements in comprehensive healthcare and insurance coverage for adolescents.

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov

The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) is a free information service for communities, organizations, and individuals interested in developing new and effective strategies for supporting young people and their families.

Office of Adolescent Health

www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/index.html

Adolescent health spans many areas, from mental and physical health to healthy relationships. The choices made and behaviors adopted during these years affect adolescents' overall wellbeing and, potentially, their health throughout their lives. OAH currently monitors five areas of adolescent health: reproductive health, mental health, physical health, substance abuse, and relationships.

Youth.gov

www.youth.gov

Youth.gov is the U.S. government website that helps professionals create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help professionals assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up to date on the latest, youth-related news.

YouthHood.org

www.youthhood.org

Youthhood is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. It was designed by staff at the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, located at the University of Minnesota.

​Youth Mental Health Project

http://ymhproject.org/

The Youth Mental Health Project is a group of individuals who believe that mental health is imperative to all health. They empower young people, parents, and caring adults with the practical knowledge, support and resources they need to nurture their children’s mental health and intervene when they recognize warning signs.

Youth Move

www.youthmovenational.org

Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.




Parenting


HealthyChildren.org - from the American Academy of Pediatrics https://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 67​,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. It provides both general information related to child health and specific guidance on parenting issues. You'll also find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) many programs and activities, their policies, guidelines, publications and other child health resources. The information they provide comes from the nation's leading child health experts with scientific research supporting their recommendations. TODAY Parenting Guides https://www.today.com/parenting-guides TODAY Parenting Guides provide benchmarks and tips for your child's academic, physical and social emotional growth from Pre-K through College.





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