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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Resource Organizations

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.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care Section
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' section on the Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to provide information and education to service recipients who have enrolled or are interested in enrolling in health care through either their State or Federal marketplaces. The Web site offers descriptions and explanations of pertinent components of the Affordable Care Act and seeks to assist consumer and business owners who are using these plans.

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

Health Insurance Marketplace is the online hub for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace where individuals can compare insurance plans available in their State, apply for coverage, learn about subsidies for which they may be eligible, find local help to assist in applying for health insurance, and read stories of others who have gotten coverage through the marketplace. The Web site also hosts a section of special topics and answers questions regarding coverage and special considerations for individuals and their families.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services works to inform the public of health care coverage services including Medicare, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace. They provide specific information regarding the laws and responsibilities of providers and options for consumers using these plans. They also work to support innovative models of care delivery and payment processing, educate individuals about policies, and highlight current news pertaining to these topics.

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.

Asset-Based Community Development Institute
Operated by Northwestern University, the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) works with communities to identify individual and group assets and to use these existing assets to strengthen and empower communities. The organization's Web site includes research, publications, community stories, a discussion board, and other resources. Of particular interest to the mental health community, Hidden Treasures: Building Community Connections by Engaging the Gifts of People on Welfare, People with Disabilities, People with Mental Illness, Older Adults, and Young People is available as a "Downloadable Resource" under the Publications section.

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.

Faces & Voices of Recovery
This is a national organization of individuals and organizations joining together to support local, state, regional and national recovery advocacy by increasing access to research, policy, organizing and technical support; facilitating relationships among local and regional groups; improving access to policymakers and the media; and providing a national rallying point for recovery advocates

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."

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.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
The National Institute on Aging, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. It provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people.

The Senior Citizens League (TSCL)
The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) is an affiliate of TREA The Enlisted Association, which works to protect the benefits of enlisted veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. TSCL protects the earned benefits of all seniors who are U.S. citizens. The nonpartisan organization focuses on Social Security, Medicare, and veteran or military retiree benefits. TSCL's work often addresses mental health issues, including the prejudice and discrimination surrounding mental health problems.

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.

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.

Administration on Aging (AoA)
The Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is one of the nation's largest providers of home- and community-based care for older persons and their caregivers.

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.

Mental Health and Aging Web Site Advocacy Project
The Mental Health and Aging Advocacy Project of the Mental Health Association of SE Pennsylvania, provides assistance to older adults, their families and caregivers in obtaining mental health services specific to the needs of older adults.

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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.