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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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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 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

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.

Rural Health Research Gateway
This federally funded program run by the University of North Dakota is dedicated to creating and disseminating research which addresses healthcare gaps in rural areas. In doing so, they hope to shape policy to better provide more adequate, consistent, affordable, and effective healthcare services to rural underserved communities.

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.

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.

Consumer Quality Initiatives
Consumer Quality Initiatives (CQI) is a mental health peer-led nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage change within the mental health system and create opportunities for people with lived experience of mental health challenges to provide meaningful input into this process. CQI conducts research on issues related to mental health and works to close the gap between research and practice. Their Web site has a number of reports and publications on mental health topics, information on trainings they provide for organizations, and informational resources on mental health.

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.

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.

Association for Children's Mental Health
The focus of the Association for Children's Mental Health (ACMH) is to support parents and families of children with mental health problems in Michigan through their dedicated work in systems reform, the support they provide in helping families identify mental health services for their children, and through their partnership with the Department of Community Health, Family Independence Agency, and other entities. The ACMH offers a variety of publications and resources through their Web site, information on local events, and a page dedicated to military family support.

EveryOne Home
With over 6,000 people homeless in Alameda County (in California) each night, this organization strives to end homelessness by working to put Alameda County resources to use and by seeking Federal and State funding. Through their Web site, they offer resources, information, and applications for their EveryOne Housed Academy, which helps others develop strategies to help homeless people move to permanent housing. They also offer access to their research findings on homelessness in Alameda County.

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.

ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership
The focus of the ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership is to serve as a place where leaders engaged in mental and substance use disorder-related issues can network with others in the field, promote evidence-based practices, and address key issues related to the field. On their Web site, the ACMHA shares information on current events to keep individuals informed of mental and substance use disorder-related presentations and/or initiatives, articles and reports of interest, and links to various mental health and peer-run organizations.

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.

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.

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP)
AHP is a consulting and research firm that works on issues in physical and behavioral health. AHP develops publications, available through its Web site, to support individuals in recovery and those who provide health services or manage programs related to recovery from mental and substance use disorders. AHP provides research and evaluation, technical assistance and training, and recommendations for program and research development.

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.

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.

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion is a not-for-profit company in the United Kingdom dedicated to tackling disadvantage and promoting social justice. The Centre works with the government, interest groups, businesses, and the public sector to offer research and policy services and training and consultation. Key areas of social policy expertise include welfare to work, homelessness, criminal justice, and social exclusion. The Centre's new Web site, InclusionUS, can be accessed at

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.

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.

National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)
The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) was established with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with the National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Health Associations. NNED is dedicated to promoting equality for behavioral health services for individuals, families, and communities. It aims to promote policies, practices, standards, and research to eliminate behavioral health disparities through the development of a diverse national network of racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual minority communities and organizations. NNED works with network members to share community-based knowledge of and training in multicultural and community-based practices, encourage collaboration, and research and design best practices.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), established by Congress in 2000 and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, works to improve both quality of care and access to services for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma or been exposed to traumatic events. NCTSN serves as a resource for evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and education for various groups including parents, professionals, military families, and educators. The NCTSN Web site also includes detailed information on the different types of trauma and a broad range of other resources including research materials, information on available trainings, and information on treatment options.

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.

SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is an online registry which allows individuals to search for over 180 inteventions. The searchable interventions include those which support behavioral health promotion, prevention, and treatment. Also, in the Learning Center section of the NREPP website, two learning modules, research documents, and behavioral health screening and assessment tools are offered. It is the hope of NREPP to connect individuals with this intervention information so they can learn how to use them in their communities.

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.

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.

The Transformation Center
The Transformation Center provides recovery-oriented peer-support services, trainings, and resources to help empower behavioral health consumers. Peer-support services include addiction recovery and development of wellness recovery action plans. The Center also offers certification for peer specialists and a leadership academy to help consumers be the voices for change in their communities.

Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS)
PEERS is a consumer-run, recovery-oriented organization that advocates for social inclusion and empowers mental health consumers. The organization provides wellness recovery trainings in Alameda County, California; operates a social inclusion campaign; distributes the PEERS Pulse newsletter; and links to other resources and organizations related to social inclusion and wellness recovery.

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.

National Center for PTSD
The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, conducts research, training, and consultation related to the prevention, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD. The Center aims to ensure that those experiencing symptoms of PTSD receive evidence-based care and consultation.

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.

Rethink (UK)
Rethink is the leading national mental health membership charity in England. Its aim is to provide hope and empowerment to consumers through effective services, information, and support. The organization carries out research that informs national mental health policy and actively campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding. It is dedicated to creating a world free of prejudice and discrimination.

InterNational Association of Peer Supporters, Inc. (formerly the National Association of Peer Specialists)
The InterNational Association of Peer Supporters, Inc. (formerly the National Association of Peer Specialists) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer specialists throughout the United States. iNAPS offers members newsletters, discounts on recovery-oriented materials, and access to recovery and peer support information. iNAPS also sponsors an annual conference for peer specialists, which brings together peer specialists and supporters of the peer specialist movement to share ideas, strategies, and information about innovative programs that work.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry Center for Mental Health and Media
The mission of the Center for Mental Health and Media is to save lives, comfort and educate families, and to change the public's outdated and inaccurate perceptions of the nature, causes and treatment of mental illness. To do this, they connect some of the most powerful forces in today's society the mass media with one of the most pressing health and economic issues in both the industrialized and underdeveloped worlds: mental health.

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.

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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.