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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Healthy People 2020
Launched in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Healthy People 2020 initiative is the fourth of its kind, seeking over 10 years to improve health for all Americans using science-based, nationwide objectives. To develop the initiative and program, HHS obtained input from experts in public health and prevention; Federal, State, and local government; and more than 2,000 organizations. The program encourages collaboration among health-based community organizations, empowers individuals to take control of their health, and involves measurable target outcomes for each 10-year period. Visitors to the website can see target outcomes, interventions, and resources in several of the initiative?s topic and objective areas, including mental health and mental disorders and substance use.

National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a non-profit organization working to promote social inclusion for all people with any type of disability, regardless of condition or circumstances, to be able to fully participate in and become contributing members of society. They work with employers, schools, the military, service providers, researchers, and disability advocates to help promote best practices for employment and treatment models and they conduct research and provide consulting services.

The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint
The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint (NCTIC) is a SAMHSA-funded technical assistance center working to promote and help organizations build capacity for trauma-informed approaches to care and provide alternatives to the use of seclusion and restraint. They work with a range of programs, services, and care systems, and offer a variety of materials and online trainings to promote improved methods of treatment.

The Texas Council of Community Centers, Inc.
The Texas Council of Community Centers, Inc. works to serve individuals in recovery from mental health issues, intellectual developmental disabilities, and substance use in their local communities by working to ensure the expansion of services that are responsive to individual choice and improve community center services by facilitating policy changes and accountability for mental health services.

National Council's section on Trauma Informed Behavioral Healthcare
This section of the National Council for Behavioral Health's Web site discusses their consulting services, but also includes introductory information as well as free resources about trauma-informed care (TIC), including their own seven domains of TIC. The page includes a variety of Webinars, fact sheets, and articles. Webinar subjects include evaluating whether an organization is trauma-informed, addressing childhood trauma, engaging female trauma-informed peer supporters, and utilizing Mental Health First Aid to address trauma.

The SHOP Marketplace for Small Businesses
The SHOP Marketplace within the Web site is the online hub for small businesses looking to participate in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. This Web site allows employers to browse plans and get information on their options, apply for coverage, find help enrolling, and get information about using their Federal Insurance Plans.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Reform Section
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's Web site section on Health Reform examines current issues related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Based on analysis of polls and other data, they create infographics to demonstrate effectiveness, public knowledge and perception, and other measurable outcomes related to the Act's implementation. They also provide resources to help educate consumers about the new laws and how these laws affect them using interactive tools such as the Subsidy Calculator and the Health Reform Quiz. Consumer resources are available at

Get Covered America
Get Covered America is a nonprofit campaign focused on engaging the public and informing consumers of their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. They provide general information to individuals based on the zip code in which they reside and they have a variety of resources to assist individuals in choosing insurance and applying. Popular tools include a caluclator for financial aid, a Get Covered 101 section that answers basic questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace, a local application assistance locator, and a link to each State's marketplace.

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight works to help ensure that the reforms set into law by the Affordable Care Act are implemented properly. They work closely with States to help implement Health Insurance Marketplaces and also with State regulators, consumers, and other stakeholders to ensure that implementation meets the requirements of the new law. Resources include detailed information on specific facets of the law and special programs as well as assistance in addressing any issues within each State.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health Insurance Marketplace Resources
The Health Insurance Marketplace section of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is designed to help health care providers and enrollment assisters learn more about the marketplaces and how they can best support individuals who are interested in enrolling. Resources include a variety of webinars, toolkits, fact sheets, and training materials that go into detail about the enrollment processes and the options individuals will have given their specific circumstances. The Publications and Articles section of this Web site offers links to applications and other forms as well as a variety of other enrollment resources and guides. This section can be accessed at

Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS)
CAPRSS is the accrediting body for recovery community organizations and other programs offering peer recovery support services for people with addictions. Founded by recovery community advocates, the council works to support new and already established peer recovery-oriented programs in building their capacity and improving their performance, while also maintaining accountability. At its Web site, CAPRSS writes, "We commit to provide asset-based accreditation that is (1) based on recovery principles; (2) fair, balanced, contemporary, and focused on the 'real world'; (3) inclusive of information and data from peers, leadership, and the recovery community served; (4) respectful and authentic; (5) designed around organizational function and mission; and (6) based on strengths, opportunities for improvement, and emerging evidence-based practices."

The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment
The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment is a project of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, in partnership with the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Center works to advance effective mental health practices and supports by developing and disseminating information on best practices that are culturally relevant and seek to reduce prejudicial attitudes towards people with mental health conditions. The core programs of the project include the Resource Development Program and the Promising Practices Program. These programs are supported by three teams, which focus on the following areas: research, evaluation, and program development; training, technical assistance, and consultation; and outreach and communication. Resources include a registry of California-based programs, a variety of program improvement toolkits, and materials on educating and combating prejudiced attitudes.

National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative
The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) was established by the American Association on Health and Disability as a 12-month collaborative to assist Navigator programs funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in supporting individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities as they are applying for health care in the State and Federal Marketplaces. The NDNRC maintains a blog and a frequently asked questions section of its website, which also features a database of State disability resources and links to population- and disability-specific toolkits and organizations. They also published the Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators, which can be accessed at

Enroll America
This nonprofit collaborative organization works with a variety of stakeholders in the healthcare field to help promote enrollment in the new Federal and State Health Insurance Marketplaces. They recognize that there are many barriers that individuals may face during this process and are seeking to address this "enrollment gap," which may otherwise prevent many from applying and staying enrolled in health insurance recently made available through the Affordable Care Act. Available resources include publications, toolkits, and webinars to assist individuals applying for insurance, to support organizations doing outreach to promote and help community members enroll, and also to supply general health literacy information.

Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency
Pennsylvania's Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has been working over the past decade to ensure that individuals have access to mental health and substance use treatment services that promote personal growth, recovery, and social inclusion and are culturally competent. They believe individuals should be able to have lives as fulfilling as those of their peers, and they have a number of statewide initiatives to work toward this goal. In hopes of spreading this message and helping other States to follow their model, OMHSAS outlines their guiding principles and offers several other resources on their Web site including newsletters, trainings, links to services and directives, and also a glossary of acronyms related to mental health and substance use treatment.

The Danya Institute
The Danya Institute is a nonprofit organization working to promote evidence-based practices and healthcare delivery improvements by providing training, leadership development, and technical assistance to mental health service providers, consumers, and other associated stakeholders. Resources include trainings on an array of clinical topics, such as treating individuals with co-occurring disorders and helping children who have experienced trauma, as well as discussions on topics such as how mobile technology and applications can be used as treatment and recovery tools, and how to engage community stakeholders to address gaps in the healthcare system.

The Preference Lab
Professor and Senior Scientist Glyn Elwyn at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science created this group, which aims to rethink and improve the system of how health prognosis and care options are discussed with patients. They aim to create a new patient-doctor framework that gives more say to patients, allowing them to express their preferences for treatment and recovery and also giving them a more active role in ensuring their records correctly reflect their situations.

The Amistad Community
This community was started by families of adults with mental health problems to create a place where they could spend their free time and interact with others. It has evolved over the years to become a peer support and recovery center that promotes health and mutual support to show that recovery is real.

Via Hope Texas Mental Health Resource
This mental health resource center offers training, technical assistance, and consultation to peers, their families, youth, and mental healthcare providers in Texas. They seek to bring a peer voice to the field of recovery by providing family partner and peer specialist trainings and certifications as well as engagement and advocacy opportunities. They also run a recovery institute, which helps organizations develop recovery-based practices.

Emergency Room Peer Coaching Initiative
As part of their Peer Coaching Initiative, Amistad, a nonprofit providing peer support to people with mental health challenges, has arranged to have peer supporters in the emergency room (ER) of Maine Medical Center daily from 5 to 11 p.m. The Emergency Room Peer Coaching Initiative aims to help people with mental health problems who often visit the ER to try to get their emotional needs met. It is designed to connect these people with ongoing peer support resources, which are more likely to meet their needs. The peer supporters, who are in recovery from mental health challenges, provide support and offer hope. They also offer information about ongoing peer support available in the community.

The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care
Established in 2011, this foundation highlights existing and new innovative research and programs, raises support for research and programs, and sponsors symposia. All of its efforts are aimed at creating new standards of care that focus on recovery and wellness. The foundation works to bring together and create dialogue among researchers, philanthropists, advocates, providers, peers, families, and community members who are seeking to redefine how we approach mental health issues.

Family Outreach & Response
Based in Canada, this organization provides recovery-oriented educational and support services to families in which a member has lived experience of a mental health challenge. These services help families reflect on their experiences and better understand those of their loved ones with mental health issues. The philosophy behind their practice emphasizes that recovery is possible and that one can overcome periods of distress with the correct tools and information, and the support of family and peers. They believe families can be an important source of support; that individuals should be in control of their personal recovery journey; and that the service provider's role is to help support that individual's personal decisions in an educated, respectful, and culturally competent manner.

Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA)
The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen prevention of substance use problems, treatment of these problems, and research and policy related to addictions and recovery. Through their Web site, IRETA offers toolkits and other evidence-based, culturally competent resources on substance use problems. IRETA also provides education and training to providers and other professionals who may work with individuals who are in recovery from addictions. is a Web site created to serve as a hub of U.S. Government information on mental health and substance use conditions. The site is intended for people seeking help with mental health and substance use problems, their loved ones, schools, communities, and other groups. For people seeking help, it features information on participating in treatment decisions, finding a peer group, and developing a recovery plan. It also includes information for educators and others who work with children and youth on taking an approach to mental health promotion based on strengths and resilience. The site offers tools for starting a conversation in your community about mental health issues. Also available are videotaped stories about recovery.

Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change
Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change acknowledges the great inequalities that exist in health care between white patients and their minority counterparts and seeks to reduce these disparities. Finding Answers evaluates interventions within health care settings to work toward improving care and uses their results to provide recommendations to health systems for improvement. Their Web site includes tools for healthcare organizations, information on their research and evaluation projects, and news and updates on their mission to improve and reduce disparities in health care.

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to the well-being of the community. It works to ensure that mental health services continue to evolve and move in the direction of empowering people with lived experience and embracing the concept of recovery. This organization maintains partnerships with key stakeholders and focuses on treatment outcomes by way of evaluation. Their Web site includes a page dedicated to creative solutions to promoting recovery and educational newsletters for adults with mental disorders and for parents of children with mental disorders.

Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry
The Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry (AOOP) is a place where psychiatrists can share ideas, increase knowledge, and network professionally. The AOOP also provides an opportunity for providers interested in workplace mental health to connect on issues related to organizational and occupational psychiatry.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a service that seeks to increase inclusion in the workplace for individuals with disabilities. EARN works toward this vision by educating, supporting, and engaging employers through technical assistance. EARN also offers customized trainings and consultation to help employers raise awareness and accommodate employees. Their Web site includes details on disability laws, specifics on what an inclusive workplace is, and guidance in recruiting and hiring individuals with disabilities.

National Wellness Institute
The National Wellness Institute, Inc. (NWI) provides wellness professionals with current health promotion and wellness- related resources and services for professional growth. Some of the continuing education and professional development programs provided through the NWI include monthly webinars, NWI certifications, and current wellness news in the form of press releases, newsfeeds, and podcasts.

Global Alliance for Arts and Health
This nonprofit corporation works to highlight the beneficial role that the arts can play in the healing process. They encourage the incorporation of artistic approaches within healthcare facilities and provide resources to professions in the healthcare and art fields. There are a number of online resources, including some for starting a program that supports arts in health care, an artist registry, and listings of arts and healthcare education programs worldwide.

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
The Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) works to ensure that individuals with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities and rights as people without disabilities to live full lives within their communities. The MDRC values grassroots efforts and economic self-sufficiency, encouraging people with disabilities to organize locally. Also, their Web site offers various resources, including information on housing and recovery.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) works to increase the clinical, scientific, and societal understanding of the impact of trauma and dissociation. They work to meet this goal through a variety of educational activities including conferences, trainings, and the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.

Rainbow Heights Club
The Rainbow Heights Club is a program for individuals with mental health issues who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. As a way of addressing some of the specific issues that LGBT people experience while receiving mental health support, the Rainbow Heights Club provides members with opportunities to socialize while being open about their identities. In this context they are able to access peer advocacy and support. On the Web site, they provide links to resources for consumers, resources for providers, and information on various club activities, including nutrition programs and a psychosocial support group.

American Psychological Association Division Exercise and Sport Psychology
The Exercise and Sport Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) connects exercise and sport scientists, psychologists, and other APA members with a psychology interest within sport and exercise. This Division's Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology journal publishes research in various areas of sport, exercise, and performance psychology.

Association for Applied Sport Psychology
The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is an international professional organization that promotes the science and practice of sport and exercise psychology. The AASP works to provide services to athletes, coaches, teams, and parents and to educate people about the psychological side to sports. Some common psychological skills addressed are anxiety/energy management, attention/concentration control, self-talk, and communication.

Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice
This organization works with different states to provide accountability, rehabilitation, and protection from harm to juveniles in the justice system. Models for Change promotes multiple models of successful juvenile justice reforms that can be adapted and replicated as a means of effecting system-wide reforms in other jurisdictions. Key issues for change focused on by Models for Change include the use of evidence-based practices in juvenile programs and services, collaboration among juvenile justice and mental health professionals, and the use of community-based alternatives as solutions.

Make the Connection
The Make the Connection Web site was developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as part of a public awareness campaign designed to help veterans and their families learn about mental health and substance use disorders, recovery and resilience, and available resources. The Web site includes powerful testimonials and personal stories from veterans.

The National Association of ADA Coordinators
The National Association of ADA Coordinators is a nonprofit organization that educates public and private entities on all aspects of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Association works with key Government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education, to plan conferences focused on the ADA. They also provide trainings to both public and private sector organizations on topics including reasonable accommodation development and ADA attitudinal awareness to increase understanding and compliance and reduce the need for litigation.

Mental Health Peer Connection
Mental Health Peer Connection is an agency made up of individuals in recovery who have a mental and/or substance use disorder. They work to provide support and empower others in recovery through peer mentoring and counseling, teaching independent living skills, and providing information and referral.

The Lancet Global Health Portal
The Lancet is a journal that presents medical research for audiences worldwide. The Lancet has a number of specialty journals, including those in psychiatry and public health, and also offers a Global Health Portal, which has recently featured articles of international interest on mental health and addictions. In addition, they host annual conferences held throughout the world and provide podcasts of interviews with journal authors, clinical discussions, and campaigns.

Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
The Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy (MHSRP) seeks to improve services and peoples' understanding of mental disorders. MHSRP includes consumers, providers, family members, and others directly impacted by mental disorders in their training and research programs. Each of their projects highlight key issues such as housing, crisis management, and the unique needs of women and those from diverse cultures, all while promoting recovery and community participation for people with mental disorders.

Like Minds, Like Mine
This public education program in New Zealand works to reduce the negative and harmful misperceptions that many with mental disorders experience. Like Minds, Like Mine accomplishes this by engaging local communities through different activities, including workshops. They also provide resources, including their Campaign videos, through their Web site and a free information line to keep people informed.

UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Dispariities (CRHD)
The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities looks to meet the needs of underserved communities and improve people's access to treatment of mental disorders in the primary care setting. The Center works to address inequalities that exist in the current health system through conducting program research and community outreach to build awareness, and educating and sharing information with others.

International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)
The IIMHL focuses on promoting communication among mental health service providers around the world. By supporting this exchange of information about effective leadership, management, and operational practices in the delivery of mental health services, IIMHL's hope is that effective, recovery-oriented treatment and support services will be more readily available to consumers in their communities.

National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP)
The NCSP is a coalition of nine national organizations working toward the common goal of preventing suicide. The Council advances this goal, according to its Web site, through "leadership, advocacy, and a collective voice." The NCSP Web site highlights some of the organization's achievements and a resource list with information for people with suicidal thoughts or plans, people with mental disorders, veterans, and researchers.

IMPACT: Evidence-Based Depression Care
IMPACT is a research-based intervention for treating depression in older adults that includes collaborative care  between primary care physicians, mental health service providers, and others; depression education; and outcome management. The IMPACT Web site provides information and materials to help providers and organizations utilize the IMPACT approach. Information on tools, training, and implementation of this treatment approach across the U.S. is also available on the Web site.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Center for Integrated Health Solutions
According to its Web site, "The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings." They provide training and technical assistance to over 60 community health organizations, including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grantees and the general public. They offer learning experiences for individuals and groups, as well as tools and curricula. The Center helps to train more people to work with those with mental and substance use disorders and to deepen healthcare providers' understanding of wellness and recovery from mental and substance use disorders.

Gift from Within
Gift from Within develops and disseminates materials including videotapes, articles, and books and maintains an international peer support network of trauma survivors to support people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and those at-risk for PTSD.

ChildTrauma Academy
The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) works to better the lives of children through direct service, research and education. The CTA helps translate scientific findings related to child development and the human brain into practical terms. Their work has had great influence on therapy programs, child protection, and educational systems.

Risking Connection
Risking Connection is the trauma-informed care program of Sidran Institute. It teaches individuals how to understand the impacts of trauma and how to effectively work with trauma survivors. The program shows service providers how to help trauma survivors build healthy relationships and also shows the providers how to take care of themselves. Risking Connection is an approach that can be used in a variety of institutional settings and whose goal is to educate people on how to assist others in recovery from trauma.

National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health works to ensure that individuals with mental and substance use disorders have access to quality healthcare services. The National Council advocates for public policy related to mental and substance use disorders and provides educational resources to assist their members in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their services.

Recovery to Practice: Resources Center for Behavioral Health Professionals
The Recovery to Practice Web site provides direct links to resources for behavioral healthcare professionals who work with individuals with mental disorders. Some of the resources listed include quarterly Recovery to Practice newsletters, recent webinars related to recovery, and a Frequently Asked Questions page about recovery and recovery-oriented practice.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is one of five national behavioral healthcare provider organizations that received SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Awards, which are designed to help behavioral healthcare providers enhance skills to support consumers/survivors in achieving personal recovery. APNA serves as a resource for those who practice psychiatric nursing and also promotes wellness, prevention of mental disorders, and effective treatment of individuals with mental disorders. Their Web site provides access to a variety Recovery to Practice resources including programs, guides, toolkits, webinars, and reports.

Projects to Empower and Organize the Psychiatrically Labeled (PEOPLe)
This nonprofit organization seeks to empower and advocate for individuals with mental disorders. They also work to educate the public about mental disorders to address negative beliefs and harmful attitudes. Their services include hospital diversion services, employment services, supportive housing, peer support, self and systems advocacy, and suicide prevention.

The Sidney Baer Center
The Sidney Baer Center, a new center within Fountain House, is a group practice of doctors where psychiatrists and general practitioners work in a collaborative and coordinated manner to provide integrated, client-centered, care to individuals with mental and substance use disorders. Positive outcomes have included a 50% reduction in hospital stays and a 20% reduction in use of high cost services, such as inpatient care and emergency room treatment, for those receiving services at the center.

Center on Adherence and Self-Determination
The Center on Adherence and Self-Determination (CASD) conducts research and circulates information about innovative research methods and interventions aimed at promoting self-determination and service participation for individuals with mental disorders working toward recovery. The CASD values research leading to products that inform advocates. The organization also values traditional and non-traditional supports for people in recovery, and the training and mentoring of researchers pursuing research on related topics.

Pathway Homes, Inc.
Pathway Homes, Inc. is an organization that provides housing and supportive services to individuals with mental disorders. Some programs available through Pathway Homes include a supported living program, group homes for men and women, a semi-independent living program, and a discharge assistance and diversion group home. The organization also publishes a newsletter, available through their Web site, with each issue providing information about a different mental disorder.

Think Cultural Health
The Think Cultural Health Web site seeks to enhance the quality of health care services to diverse populations by offering current resources and tools to promote cultural competency in health care. These resources include accredited online continuing education courses and professional guides and information.

National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA)
The National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) represents and supports Latinos affected by mental and substance use disorders. The NLBHA offers programs which address disparities that exist for people with mental and substance use disorders in the Latino community. These programs focus on access, treatment providers, and practice-based research. Also, the NLBHA Web site offers publications and information on the latest news and events on mental and substance use disorders topics.

Hearts & Ears, Inc.
Hearts & Ears, Inc. is a nonprofit organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people with behavioral health problems and concerns. Hearts & Ears, Inc. strives to be a place where LGBTQ individuals feel safe and supported. The organization offers resources and information including referrals to general health and mental health providers, housing, education, and food and clothing assistance that is conscious of the specific needs and challenges of the LGBTQ community.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project seeks to stop suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. They provide support to individuals in a variety of ways including 24/7 support through their crisis intervention lifeline, an online question-and-answer resource for youth with questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, and educational programs to establish supportive environments for individuals.

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership)
This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded organization provides technical assistance to help communities build systems of care. The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) assists communities in developing and implementing a broad range of community- and strength-based services to improve outcomes for children with behavioral health problems and their families. Resources provided include consultation, communities of practice, and a newsletter. In addition, this organization provides access to content specialists with experience in a variety of areas including child welfare, cultural and linguistic competence, and mental health and substance abuse.

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) views local assets as the foundation for sustainable community development. ABCD works directly with community groups to support their efforts toward developing asset-based community projects. The organization works specifically with several broad types of community building: building community capacity; working with community members to conduct research and direct work with local students, faculty, and local organizations to further ABCD efforts; and developing publications and resources for professionals and scholars in the community.

Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center
The focus of the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center is to promote recovery and better the lives of individuals with schizophrenia. The BeST Center works to accomplish this by encouraging the use of evidence-based and promising practices among policy makers, mental health partners, and family members. Also, the BeST center offers training, evaluation, consultation, and education and outreach activities to help enhance local systems.

State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS)
The State Associates for Addiction Services (SAAS) seeks to ensure that individuals have full access to quality substance use treatment, prevention, and education throughouth the U.S. The SAAS also works to ensure the availability and to inform consumers and providers of these services through their National Advocacy Campaign, national conferences, E-Newsletter, and provider resources.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
The goal of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Response website is to increase awareness and understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as experiences of abuse, domestic violence, or neglect and to facilitate all-inclusive responses to these kinds of experiences throughout the lifespan to prevent ACEs and their negative outcomes. Adverse Childhood Experiences Response site provides links to additional information, articles, and presentations on ACE related studies and supports.

National Research and Training Center (NRTC)
The National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (NRTC) works to promote access to consumer-driven and community-based services for adults with behavioral health problems. NRTC provides technical assistance, research-driven information, and training. NRTC trainings focus on many topics, including the development of leadership among consumers, self-advocacy, and peer provider certification.

Housing for New Hope
Housing for New Hope is a nonprofit organization working to prevent and end homelessness. For over 18 years, they have provided crisis assistance, outreach, transitional housing, and permanent housing to homeless individuals in North Carolina. Supportive services and programs provided through this organization offer affordable housing and/or structured programs designed to help consumers regain hope, independence, and stability in their lives.

SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center
SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center aims to improve the lives of individuals impacted by homelessness who have behavioral health conditions and histories of trauma. This online center includes a training section to help provider agencies enhance services and a library with information on various topics including affordable housing, families, and treatment. Some of the key goals of this center are to support plans to end homelessness; to coordinate ProviderWeb activities with other Federal efforts; and to increase awareness, knowledge of resources, and ability to help.

Headstrong is an organization that was established in response to alarming reports of high-risk behavior and suicide rates among youth in Ireland. This organization seeks to change the way Ireland views behavioral health problems in youth, to connect young people to quality interventions and programs in their communities, and to empower young people so that they are able to address their behavioral health problems.

SAMHSA's Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
SAMHSA's Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) services are for individuals with mental health and substance use problems who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. PATH services, provided through a nationwide network of PATH service providers, include community-based outreach, case management, limited housing services, and other supportive services. The National PATH Technical Assistance Center assists SAMHSA in providing support to State and local providers across the country and maintains a Web site with a broad range of information and resources including webcasts, research articles, data, and more.

SAMHSA's Co-Occurring Disorders Integration & Innovation
SAMHSA's Co-Occurring Disorders Integration & Innovation provides information and resources to promote access to effective integrated services for people with co-occurring disorders (at least one mental health problem and at least one substance use disorder). A new version of the site is slated to appear soon. In its current form it offers a Contact Us link through which users can obtain additional information.

Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Founded in 1991 by consumers of State services for mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network promotes recovery through advocacy, education, employment, empowerment, peer support, and self-help. It also hosts one of the largest statewide annual consumer conventions in the Nation.

Institute for Recovery & Community Integration
The Institute works to increase communities' understanding of mental health recovery, peer support, and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner. It offers workshops on recovery, on-site recovery education groups, wellness recovery action plan (WRAP) groups, WRAP facilitator training, a peer specialist certificate program, and technical assistance to agencies, service providers, and municipalities.

Stepping Stone Peer Support and Crisis Respite Center
New Hampshire-based Stepping Stone provides a comfortable, nonjudgmental environment where people who are experiencing mental problems can become empowered and move toward recovery and wellness. The center and its sister organization Next Step offer peer support, a crisis respite program, and a telephone support line, all of which are free to New Hampshire residents.

Families for Depression Awareness
Families for Depression Awareness is an organization dedicated to informing and supporting the family members of people experiencing depressive disorders in order to help them support their loved ones. The organization's website provides resources about depression; profiles of families that have experienced a depressive disorder; a newsletter and podcast series; and other tools and links.

Erasing the Distance
Erasing the Distance is a Chicago-based theater company dedicated to shedding light on mental illness. The company tours its original productions, as well as facilitated audience dialogues, mental health trainings, and high quality mental health resource, to junior high and high schools, colleges and universities, places of worship, hospitals, community groups, and workplaces. Erasing the Distance also creates customized productions to help communities give voice to their own mental health stories and leads long term artistic residencies in schools.

Military OneSource
Military OneSource is a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week, toll-free information and referral telephone service available worldwide to Active duty, Reserve, and National Guard military members and their families; as well as to deployed civilians and their families. Military OneSource provides information ranging from everyday concerns to deployment-related issues. The toll free number for Military OneSource is 1-800-324-9647.

Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)
Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury partners with the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a national network of military and civilian agencies, community leaders, advocacy groups, clinical experts, and academic institutions to establish best practices and quality standards for the treatment of PH and TBI. DCoE assesses, validates, oversees and facilitates prevention, resilience, identification, treatment, outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological health (PH) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) to ensure the Department of Defense meets the needs of the nation's military communities, warriors and families. DCoE is the open front door of the Department of Defense for warriors and their families needing help with PH and TBI issues, promoting the resilience, recovery and reintegration of warriors and their families.

National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 by a group of military wives who wanted to ensure that their widowed friends were properly taken care of. Today the National Military Family Association is an organization that continues to provide its support by advocating and representing the needs of military families and empowering husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits.

Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that provides tangible support for the severely wounded service members and helps them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. Wounded Warrior Project aims to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and provide unique, direct programs and services.

Military Pathways
Military Pathways is a DoD-nonprofit collaboration with three primary goals: reduce negative perceptions, raise awareness about mental health, and connect those in need to available resources. Service members may log in and select an anonymous screening. The site then recommends next steps.

Queensland Alliance
The Queensland Alliance, a Non Government Organization (NGO) which supports over 240 community organizations working in mental health in Queensland, Australia advocates for community services that promote mental health and well being. Their goals are social inclusion and community well-being; a mental health system focused on people's recovery in their own homes and communities; and easy access to information and strategies that promote mental health. The Queensland Alliance recently launched an $8.5M four-year initiative to reduce negative stereotypes about mental illness and negative perceptions of people with mental health problems.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
IAVA is the country's first and largest nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families. IAVA is dedicated to educating the public about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; advocating on behalf of those who have served; and fostering a community for troops, veterans, and their families.

Time to Change
Time to Change is England's most ambitious program to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. With 35 projects led by Mind and Rethink, the program is backed by international evidence on what works and has at its heart people with direct experience with mental health problems.

Founded in 1879, Together is the United Kingdom's longest serving mental health charity. The organization focuses on supporting people in their recovery from serious mental health problems.

Real Warriors Campaign
The Real Warriors Campaign is a program of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. It promotes the reintegration of returning service members with their families and communities.

VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention
This institute, sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University, provides resources about supported employment to practitioners, advocates, and people with disabilities.

Institute for Community Inclusion
Established in 1967, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston works to promote the rights of all individuals who have disabilities to be fully involved in their communities. This social justice work is accomplished through partnerships with various stakeholders, including individuals, their families, and their communities.

Adler Institute on Social Exclusion
The Adler Institute on Social Exclusion works to promote the academic and public understanding of the concept of 'social exclusion' and the factors that create and increase the severity of this condition. The institute also works to identify the most effective ways of addressing social exclusion through prevention and intervention. The institute supports these goals though research, outreach, and awareness programs.

The Fountain Gallery
The Fountain Gallery is a nonprofit cooperative run by and for artists living with mental illnesses. It works to change common misconceptions about people living with mental illnesses by publicly exhibiting the works of their talented artists and by providing a safe and secure place for self-expression.

Open Minds, Open Doors
Open Minds Open Doors is the latest social inclusion campaign of the Wisconsin United for Mental Health (WUMH) statewide coalition. Launched in May 2007, the campaign consists of a series of radio public service announcements in which listeners are asked to support the statements on the WUMH Web site. Listeners can sign their name to show support for people with mental health issues and their beliefs that these individuals should be treated with respect as contributing members of the community.

With an OPEN mind
With an OPEN mind is a public education program in the Thunder Bay region of Canada. It aims to reduce myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness through the shaping of public attitudes so that people with mental illnesses have an improved sense of acceptance, purpose, and freedom in their communities.

Dare to Dream
Dare to Dream is an initiative started in Canada in 2005 by the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO (the Centre). This program helps Ontario youth (18 years of age and under) become more aware of mental health.

AgriWellness, Inc.
AgriWellness, originally Sowing the Seeds of Hope, was designed and initiated in 1999 by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health and the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association. Today, it is a collaborative effort of project leaders in seven predominantly rural States: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The federally funded campaign is administered by AgriWellness, Inc. and coordinated through a different group in each State (e.g., mental health coalition, religious organization).

Consumer Business and Outreach Program
This program is a statewide initiative aimed at promoting the successful employment of individuals with mental illnesses. It's main objectives are to assist individuals with mental illnesses in finding and maintaining employment, educating the business community about the importance of mental health, and increasing the rates of competitive work environments for individuals with mental illnesses.

In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voice, a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a unique informational outreach program, that offers insight into the recovery that is possible for people with severe mental illnesses. The program aims "to meet the need for consumer-run education initiatives, to set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there, to offer genuine work opportunities for consumers, to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters, and to focus on recovery and the message of hope."

Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family
Nothing To Hide: Mental Illness in the Family is a touring photo and text exhibit that was developed by the Family Diversity Project, a nonprofit educational organization based in Amherst, MA. The exhibit, which debuted in 1999-2000, presents a collection of museum-quality photographs and the text of interviews that tell poignant stories of courageous individuals and their families whose lives are affected by mental health problems. The exhibit also is available in book form, featuring portraits and stories of 44 families who defy the prejudice so often held against individuals with mental health challenges by speaking candidly about their lives.

Mind (National Association of Mental Health)
Mind (National Association for Mental Health) provides information on a national level for England and Wales. Their activities promote the values of autonomy, equality, knowledge, and participation in the community for all people, especially those with mental illnesses. The group actively campaigns to improve the policy and attitudes of governing bodies in the United Kingdom, and has developed highly successful local-level initiatives for consumers of mental health.

The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry founded the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation (GMHF) to make the public aware of psychiatric and mental health issues that older adults may experience. Other goals for the GMHF included promoting mentally healthy aging and making high-quality mental health care for older adults more accessible. The GMHF works to educate individuals about treatment and recovery. Its Web site features publications on mental health topics relevant to older adults; links to resources for mental health care providers, researchers, older adults, and their loved ones; and a tool for finding a geriatric psychiatrist.

American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA)
The American Art Therapy Association is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in art making is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Through the operations of 50 field offices nationwide, the EEOC coordinates all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.

The Center for Reintegration
The Center for Reintegration is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with mental illnesses pursue a meaningful life through reintegration-- the process by which a person with a mental illness finds meaningful work, restores his or her relationships, and moves toward independent living. To help achieve these goals, the Center for Reintegration provides useful information and support tools for consumers, caregivers, employers, family and friends.

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is a cross disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents over 700 organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)
TAC is a national non-profit organization that works to achieve positive outcomes on behalf of people with disabilities, people who are homeless, and people with other special needs by providing state-of-the-art information, capacity building, and technical expertise to organizations and policymakers in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services, and affordable housing.

Active Minds
Active Minds started as a student-run program in 2001 at the University of Pennsylvania to get students on campus talking about mental health issues. It has since grown into a nationwide nonprofit, with more than 400 college chapters, and its recognition in the field continues to grow. Active Minds works to educate students and communities about the realities of mental illness while promoting acceptance of peers with current or past experience of mental health issues and encouraging help-seeking and help-offering behaviors.

The Kids on the Block, Inc.
The Kids on the Block (KOB) is an educational puppet theatre company that researches, develops and performs live programs addressing a wide range of topics, including childrens mental health.

Mental Health Works
Mental Health Works is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. It began in 2001 as a partnership research project involving the voluntary sector, government and business. It helps organizations to manage their duty to accommodate employees experiencing mental illnesses.

Family to Family Education Program
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

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

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)
The AAGP promotes the mental health and improvement of mental health care for older adults. The group represents health care providers, educators, and researchers in geriatric psychiatry and mental health.

Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor. JAN is one of several ODEP projects. JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects.

Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health
The Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health works to strengthen the empirical foundation for effective systems of care, and improve services for children with serious emotional or behavioral disorders and their families.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. AACAP provides an array of information and resources for parents, teachers, and other caregivers.

New York University Child Study Center
The New York University Child Study Center is dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health problems in children and adolescents and improving research to advance prevention, identification, and treatment of these problems. The center’s Web site offers a variety of articles and information on mental health problems in children and teens, including ways to identify these problems and treatment options.

American Psychological Association (APA)
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital. CAMH succeeds in transforming the lives of people affected by addiction and mental illness, by applying the latest in scientific advances, through integrated and compassionate clinical practice, health promotion, education and research.

The Carter Center
The Carter Center focuses on mental health policy through several goals. First, it aims to increase worldwide public awareness of mental health issues. It also does work to support development of public policy to promote social inclusion and the best possible quality of life for people with mental health and substance use problems. Additionally, the center works to make mental health care as high in quality and accessible as other health care, and to reduce inaccurate perceptions of people with lived experience of mental health and substance use problems.

Fountain House
Fountain House is a nationally recognized center for research on recovery for people with mental health conditions. It is a key training base for the worldwide replication of Fountain House's pioneering clubhouse model, in which people living with mental health conditions take part in a working community, contributing to activities which at Fountain House range from cooking to record-keeping to employment to research. Fountain House is an influential voice in continuing efforts—local, statewide, and national—to promote the rights of people with mental health problems and to battle the barriers, inaccurate perceptions, and discrimination they face.

International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD)
The International Center for Clubhouse Development promotes the development and strengthening of clubhouses; oversees the creation and evolution of standards; facilitates and assures the quality of training, consultation, certification, research and advocacy; and provides effective communication and dissemination of information

National Mental Health Information Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health for users of mental health services, their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. It has an array of publications available to the public at no-cost.

Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign
The campaign helps families, educators, health care providers, and young people recognize mental health problems and seek or recommend appropriate services. It also strives to reduce the misperceptions and exclusion associated with mental health problems and people with lived experience of these problems.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 240 affiliates nationwide, they represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation - everyday and in times of crisis.

National Partnership for Workplace Mental Health
The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health advances effective employer approaches to mental health by combining the knowledge and experience of the American Psychiatric Association and their employer partners. It delivers educational materials and provides a forum to explore mental health issues and share innovative solutions.

OpenMindsOpenDoors (OMOD)
OpenMindsOpenDoors is an initiative of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania to end discrimination against people with mental health problems. It focuses on creating awareness about mental health issues and promoting the message that people who face such issues are valuable members of their communities. Each year the campaign focuses on a key audience, developing specific strategies, goals, and materials for that particular group. Past key audiences have included employers, providers, and legislators.

Wisconsin United for Mental Health
Wisconsin United for Mental Health is a coalition of State, nonprofit, advocacy, and consumer mental health organizations formed in 2002. The coalition actively promotes mental health awareness and eliminates barriers to recovery through statewide activities and events including Webcasts, trainings, presentations for the public, and the support of local legislator and media briefing activities.

Open the Doors
Open the Doors is an international program that was developed by the World Psychiatric Association in 1996. Created to fight the prejudice and discrimination experienced by people with schizophrenia, the program helps dispel myths and misunderstandings about the nature, causes, and treatment of schizophrenia. It provides information for professionals, families, and friends on recovery and also has a section on its Web site with personal stories from people with schizophrenia.

Project Relate
Project Relate, an advertising and public service campaign serving Nebraska, was launched on April 7, 2004. Developed through the cooperative efforts of Nebraska mental health service providers, advocacy groups, and nonprofit organizations, the campaign aims to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of people with mental illnesses with their message "You are not alone." In addition to addressing negative misconceptions and providing mental health education, Project Relate operates a clearinghouse of mental health resources for the entire State.

Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence (BTS) is an educational program to increase awareness of mental health problems and eradicate inaccurate perceptions of these problems and people who experience them. Lesson plans for upper elementary, middle, and high school classrooms educate students about the facts and myths of mental health issues, teach social inclusion, and promote early treatment. BTS identifies the causes and signs of mental health problems and what people can do to help others who are experiencing these issues.

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