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Federal Resources

Administration for Children & Families (ACF)

A division of the Department of Health & Human Services that promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with partnerships, funding, guidance, training and technical assistance.

Center for Disease Control

Provides information on mental health related issues and has statistical information about various conditions.

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Offers information about eligibility for benefits, coverage and coordination of sbrvicesrelated to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).


An online portal to the federal government’s information and initiatives for people with disabilities, including information about housing, education, accessibility, transportation and assistive technology.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

NREPP helps people learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which of these may best meet their needs. New progress are continually being added.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

A division of the National Institute of Health (NIH) that has the mission of transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illness.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

IS committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Delivers a broad range of services online and has a network of over 1,400 offices including field offices, tele service centers, processing centers and hearing offices.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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.

  • Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), a division of SAMHSA, leads federal efforts to promote the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. CMHS is charged by Congress to bring new hope to adults who have mental illness and children with emotional disorders.

Mental Health and Advocacy Organizations

Active Minds

A nationwide mental health advocacy organization focusing on young adults. It has more than 400 chapters across the country.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

An organization made up of scientists, survivors of suicide loss, people with mental health conditions and their families, and an expansive network of business and community leaders. Their mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide.

Autism Society of America

Provides information and resources on Autism Spectrum disorders.

Autism Speaks

A Autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, preventions, treatments and a cure for Autism; increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with Autism and their families.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Works on a broad array of mental health issues. The website includes publications related to mental health and related policy issues.

Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry New York State Psychiatric Institute

Supports the New York State Office of Mental Health’s mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes.

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

A membership organization, produces the bi-monthly Attention magazine (for members) and sponsors an annual conference. Contact information for all local chapters is available inline through CHADD’s Resource Directory.

The Copeland Center

Promotes personal, organizational and community wellness and empowerment. The Center focuses on shifting the system of mental health care towards a prevention and recovery focus. As the system shifts to reform through education, training and research, the Copeland Center uses the accomplishments developed and implemented by the people being served and the people that care for them.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Provides hope, help, support and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Early Assessment & Support Alliance (EASA)

Serves young people ages 12-25 (confirm with your local EASA about age ranges served) who have had a first episode of psychosis within the last 12 months or who are experiencing early at-risk symptoms for psychosis, and their families. The goal of EASA is to identify individuals with a new psychosis as soon as possible in order to minimize the negative impact on their lives.

Faces and Voices of Recovery

Dedicated to organizing and mobilizing those in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their family, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recovery through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

Families for Depression Awareness

A national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides.

JED Foundation

Promotes emotional health and prevention of suicide among college and university students. The organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health and research to produce and advance initiatives that promote awareness and understanding, increase knowledge, foster help-seeking, build and strengthen resilience, facilitate adoption of a comprehensive, community-based approach to promote emotional health, protect at-risk students on campus and raise the importance of mental health issues.

Mental Health America (MHA)

A community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

MentalHealth.org: Let’s talk about it

Dedicated to providing basic information about mental health, myths and facts, signs and symptoms and how to get help.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has grown into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

Works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems. NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

OCD Resource Center

Provides information and resources on obsessive compulsive disorder.

On Track New York

Uses an innovative approach to providing recovery-oriented treatment for young people who have recently begun to experience psychosis.

P2P (Parent to Parent) USA

Provides emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained “Support Parent”.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

The nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

Is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by making suicide prevention accessible to everyone and removing barriers to help by empowering individuals and communities through leadership, awareness and education, and by collaborating and partnering with support networks to reduce stigma and help save lives.

Youth Move National

A youth driven, chapter-based organization dedicated 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.


Professional Organizations

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

American Psychological Association

National Association of Social Workers



Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship whose stated purpose is to enable its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.”


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