Here you can access a range of Web-based organizations and resource centers. We regularly update our web resources links

ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

NAMI  - The National Alliance on Mental Illness, 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.

Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association)  - 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 America envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through meaningful social inclusion that is free from discrimination. MHA has 240 affiliates in 41 states represent a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.

Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance  - DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders. DBSA envisions wellness for people who live with depression and bipolar disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, our vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health  - The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. The National Federation works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.

Children's Mental Health Network  - The Children's Mental Health Network is a national alliance of communities, practitioners, families, agencies, alumni of system of care communities, and individuals who seek to share information, keep in touch, advocate for children's mental health issues, and offer experience-based consultation and education to those interested in promoting the system of care concept. We are a collection of professionals, parents and young people from across the United States committed to finding solutions that work.

Bring Change to Mind  - Bring Change 2 Mind is a national anti-stigma campaign founded by Glenn Close, The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen & Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness. The idea was born out of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn more about mental illness, which both her sister, Jessie Close, and nephew, Calen Pick, live with.

YOUTH M.O.V.E.  - 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.

The International Association of Peer Supporters - (Formerly called the National Association of Peer Specialists) - Founded in November 2004 by a group of peer specialists, the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) was a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer support in mental health and related systems of care. NAPS was open to anyone who provided support (paid or volunteer) for individuals in recovery from psychiatric, trauma, substance use, or any combination of related conditions and circumstances. On January 1, 2013, the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) was renamed the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) to reflect its increasingly global membership and to correct a perception that NAPS was only for certified peer specialists in the mental health system.

Faces and Voices of Recovery  - Faces & Voices believes that our nation's response to the crisis of addiction should be based on sound public health science and the grassroots engagement and involvement of the recovery community - people in recovery, their families, friends and allies - organized in identifiable and mobilized networks of recovery community and allied organizations that foster collaboration, advocacy and public education about the reality of addiction recovery.

Dual Recovery Anonymous  - Dual Recovery AnonymousTM is a 12 Step self-help program that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. The DRA program helps us recover from both our chemical dependency and our emotional or psychiatric illness by focusing on relapse prevention and actively improving the quality of our lives. In a community of mutual support, we learn to avoid the risks that lead back to alcohol and drug use as well as reducing the symptoms of our emotional or psychiatric illness.

The ARC for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  - The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.

Autism Society of America  - The Autism Society, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)  - In January 2008, a steering committee of consumers, families and providers across the US formed to create an organization dedicating to improving the lives of people with schizophrenia and related disorders. On February 28, 2008, the steering committee named the new organization Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA). SARDAA has adopted Schizophrenics Anonymous as its signature program, as there was no nationally-supported parent organization to provide the support, materials, training and outreach. Schizophrenics Anonymous is a self-help/peer support 12-step program run by and for persons who have schizophrenia or a related illness.

ACADEMIC RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS

The Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH)  is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Mental Health Center of the Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies of Yale University. We conduct research, training, evaluation, and policy development in the areas of recovery from serious mental illness and substance use, and health disparities.

UIC Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy  - The Center engages in research, training, and technical assistance to enhance service delivery and increase knowledge about behavioral health disorders. We fully involve people with psychiatric and substance use disorders, their friends and families, service providers, policy makers, advocates, and other stakeholders in our research and education efforts. Our work promotes concepts of recovery, self-determination, and full community participation for individuals with behavioral health disabilities.

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University  - The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities. Our mission is to increase the likelihood that they can achieve these goals by improving the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems.

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development  - The GUCCHD was established over four decades ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, especially those with, or at risk for, special needs and their families. Located in the nation's capital, this exceptional center both directly serves vulnerable children and their families, as well as influences local, state, national and international programs and policy.

The Child Mind Institute  - In its first two years, the Child Mind Institute went from little more than an ambitious idea to a dynamic organization. They opened their headquarters at 445 Park Avenue and developed a clinical practice with centers of excellence in anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD and learning disorders. They launched a website to offer parents authoritative, up-to-date information on psychiatric disorders as well as advice, support and strategies for raising healthy children. The Center broke ground on a global campaign to spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of psychiatric and learning disorders. And they started a research program, to collaborate with scientists all over the world to study healthy brain development. The Child Mind Institute comprises a nonprofit foundation, the Child Mind Institute, Inc., and a clinical practice, the Child Mind Medical Practice, PLLC.

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS)  assists states, agencies and organizations in offering participant-directed services to people with disabilities. We are the only national resource that performs this function.

The National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives  - The NCRPAD is a resource for consumers, family members, health and legal professionals about psychiatric advance directives. It includes state-by-state information regarding psychiatric advance directives.

The Coalition for Whole Health  - In June 2010, the Coalition for Whole Health and the Whole Health Campaign - two groups originally formed to advocate for strong addiction coverage in the healthcare reform legislation - unanimously agreed to merge under the Coalition for Whole Health name. Now, the coalition is jointly led by and Ron Manderscheid of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and Paul Samuels of the Legal Action Center.

Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities  is a National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Our state-of-the-art research and cutting-edge knowledge translation activities seek both to broaden understanding about community integration and to improve opportunities for individuals with psychiatric disabilities to participate more fully in community life. The Temple University Collaborative is directed by Mark Salzer, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Temple University's Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and is conducted in partnership with both the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia's Horizon House, Inc.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA provides leadership and devotes its resources - programs, policies, information and data, contracts and grants- toward helping the Nation act on the knowledge that:

  • Behavioral Health is essential for health; 
  • Prevention works; 
  • Treatment is effective; and
  • People recover from mental and substance use disorders 
  • SAMHSA Centers include:
    • The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) which focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders.
    • The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) which seeks to prevent and reduce the abuse of illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
    • The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) which supports the provision of effective substance abuse treatment and recovery services.
    • The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) which has primary responsibility for the collection, analysis and dissemination of behavioral health data. More information about CBHSQ (formerly known as OAS). 

SAMHSA-FUNDED CONSUMER AND CONSUMER/SUPPORTER TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTERS

The STAR Center  provides Support, Technical Assistance and Resources to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations. Specifically, the STAR Center's focus areas are cultural competence and diversity in the context of mental health recovery and consumer self-help and self-empowerment. Although we are a national technical assistance center, the following regions have been designated as STAR Center focus regions/states: Washington DC, Rhode Island, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

National Empowerment Center (NEC)  - The mission of NEC is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people with lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and and/or extreme states. They have information about topics such as advance directives, shock treatment, schizophrenia, self-help groups in your area, legal services in your area, meditation and self-help techniques, coping with depression, etc.

National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse  - As the nation's first national consumer technical assistance center, has played a major role in the development of the mental health consumer movement. The consumer movement strives for dignity, respect, and opportunity for those with mental illnesses. Consumers--those who receive or have received mental health services--continue to reject the label of "those who cannot help themselves." The Clearinghouse works to foster consumer empowerment through our website, up-to-date news and information announcements, a directory of consumer-driven services, electronic and printed publications, training packages, and individual and onsite consultation.

The CAFÉ TA Center  is a program of The Family Café, a cross-disability organization that has been connecting individuals with information, training and resources for more than twelve years. It provides mental health consumers and their grass-roots organizations with information, training, networking opportunities and support as they seek to advocate for themselves and transform the mental health system of care to allow for and encourage genuine consumer involvement and peer leadership.

Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center  is a program of Mental Health America of Oregon, a non-profit organization with more than 30 years of advocacy experience. We offer technical assistance to individuals, peer-run programs, and community partners with the goal of improving overall services for people with lived experience of mental health challenges. Peerlink focuses its efforts on providing information, training and technical assistance that will facilitate peer run programs to take next steps in the evolution of their programs.