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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Resource Organizations

Mental Health Resources, Web Site of the Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Mental Health Resources part of the Web site of the Center for Parent Information and Resources features a list with names, descriptions, and links to major organizations and other resources that deal with mental health issues. Resources include organizations that can be contacted in times of crisis, fact sheets, resource organizations and networks, service locators, school resources, and disorder-specific organizations.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Grassroots Empowerment Project, Inc. (GEP)
The Grassroots Empowerment Project is a statewide, consumer-run nonprofit organization in Wisconsin that provides information and assistance to 12 consumer-run organizations across its State and to individuals promoting recovery. Their services include hosting an annual educational consumer conference, offering an online newsletter, providing education and technical assistance, and training consumers/survivors who want to become peer specialists.

Project Return Peer Support Network
This peer-run network encourages wellness, self-determination, and personal growth for individuals with mental disorders through a broad range of programs and services. The Community Integration Program helps individuals successfully transition back to their community following hospitalization.The warm line and self-help groups offer support to individuals with mental disorders. The Project Return Peer Support Network provides social opportunities and opportunities for educational and community-oriented involvement.

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).

National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)
The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) is a professional organization that serves the field of rural mental health. NARMH's membership includes the entire spectrum of the rural mental health community: consumers, family members, practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers.

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.

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.

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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.