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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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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.

Based in Chicago, IL, Thresholds seeks to help people affected by mental health issues to reclaim their lives and inspire them in their recovery. Utilizing evidence-based practices, they provide health care, housing, and employment to those in need. Additionally, they host job training, research, and advocacy initiatives to help better facilitate system improvements.

SANE Australia was founded in 1986 with the mission to improve the lives of those affected by mental health issues. Through advocacy campaigns and innovative programs they work to educate individuals, families, friends, providers, and the general public about mental health. Projects include the Mind + Body Initiative, which highlights the importance of physical health to mental health; the Suicide Prevention Project; Mindful Employer; and the Signs campaign, which brings attention to early warning signs that someone may be in need of help.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) strives to make suicide prevention a national priority. The Action Alliance has worked with the U.S. Surgeon General to develop the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Also, on their site, they share resources including a link to the national best practices registry related to suicide prevention, workplace and military-related materials, and other educational materials and services, as well as links to other national partners focused on suicide prevention.

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.

Offered by Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute (EDI), ediONLINE is a resource for policymakers, advocates, managers, and others looking to improve their work in supporting employment for people with disabilities. The courses provided through this resource share practical methods of hands-on learning and other skills to enhance work with individuals with disabilities seeking or working to maintain employment. Participants in these courses also have an opportunity to earn a Cornell certificate through ediONLINE.

Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label works to help businesses look past the labels and myths associated with individuals with disabilities. This focus has led to their work in providing public and private businesses with resources to hire individuals that have disabilities and to help those individuals make a smooth transition into the workforce. They also provide a job seekers' network and e-newsletter to help people with disabilities identify specific employment opportunities.

Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center
Peerlink, a technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers assistance in four specific areas for consumers/survivors. These areas include employment, self-sufficiency, wellness, and health integration.

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.

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.

America's Heroes at Work
This project of the U.S. Department of Labor addresses the employment challenges faced by returning service members living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The project equips employers and the workforce development system with the tools they need to help returning service members affected by TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace—particularly service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
VVA is an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, creating a new identity for this generation of veterans, and changing public perception of Vietnam veterans. The Veterans Health Council, a program of VVA, serves as an information source for Vietnam veterans and veterans of more recent wars; it aims to ensure that veterans and their families are aware of health issues and available military benefits, to educate providers and educational institutions about health issues associated with military service, and to support veterans' healthcare initiatives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.