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Finding organizations and resources that provide support to families of children with mental health and emotional or behavioral disorders can be overwhelming. Organizations may be primarily focused on advocacy, research, assistance and support services, specific disabilities, and others may be quite general. In the lists that follow, you’ll discover that many sites are sponsored by government, health agencies including hospitals and treatment center, universities, disability specific communities, and grassroots organizations.

Advocacy

  • Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)
    COPMI promotes better outcomes for children and families where a parent experiences mental illness.
  • The Children’s Defense Fund
    Political advocacy and support to ensure a level playing field for all children. They focus on impacting policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
  • Mental Health America
    Provides current mental health news, brochures, fact sheets at no cost and other publications for purchase on various mental health topics.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    NAMI is a grass roots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Behavior

  • Behavior Doctor
    Training, workshops, tips, and materials for parents and professionals for how to increase success with children’s behavioral challenges and in school by addressing those behaviors to be used in the home and school. The materials cover an array of mental health challenges.
  • The Behavior Home Page
    Focused on providing links to resources for parents and professionals concerning children and youth with behavior challenges. This site, sponsored by the state of Kentucky, covers social skills training, response to intervention (RTI), bullying, and seclusion and restraint.
  • Beyond Consequences Institute
    Focus on parenting or teaching children who have experienced trauma whether adopted from another country or from the US. The Institute was created by a therapist to educate and provide the resources for helping children with severe acting out behavior.

Disability and Mental Health

ADD/ADHD

Autism

  • Autism Society of MN
    Nonprofit organization that is committed to education, advocacy, and support for families and individuals affected by autism.
  • Autism Speaks
    Autism science and advocacy organization that supports research into the causes, prevention, treatments, to help find a cure for autism.

Disability

  • Disability Minnesota
    Links the consumer to state agency resources (education, health, and to other agencies) for children with disabilities who need special education.

Eating Disorders

  • NEDA
    The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care, national helpline at (800) 931-2237.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Tourette’s Syndrome

  • Tourette’s Association
    A nonprofit advocacy organization for individuals and families affected by Tourette’s and other tic disorders and includes: relevant science, treatment options, and a search function to find helping professionals by state.

Diversity

  • National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
    Provides training, assistance, and resources to help health and mental health programs ensure their delivery systems are culturally and linguistically competent. One project is specifically focused on children and youth with special health care needs.

Early Childhood

  • Center for Child and Human Development
    National Center hosted at Georgetown University, focused on Trauma Informed Care and Early Interventions for children with mental health challenges. Posts current summaries of effective strategy research.
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
    ECTA is an OSEP funded comprehensive technical assistance center for t young children with disabilities. It includes reviews of early childhood interventions, research, information on early childhood programs (619 and early childhood special education), data, outcomes, and more.
  • Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)
    The goal of the State/TACSEI Partnership is to plan, implement and sustain a professional development system to enhance the knowledge and skills of the early childhood work force in meeting the social emotional needs of young children, particularly those with or at risk for delays or disabilities in inclusive and natural environments.
  • Portland Research and Training Center
    Provides updates on research, publications, and other activities as well as information about developments in the field of infant and toddler mental health.

Family Help

  • Family Services Collaborative
    Directory - Minnesota children’s mental health collaborative contact information by county
  • Fast Tracker: Your Link to Mental Health Resources
    Service Providers - Fast-Tracker is a virtual community and health care connection resource. We connect mental health providers, care coordinators, and consumers with a real-time, searchable directory of mental health resources and their availability within Minnesota Parents
  • National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
    Works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.
  • Resource for Transition Age Youth
    A resource sponsored by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation for families who wish to support their family member in getting and keeping employment. “Let’s Talk Employment: A Family Guide to Employment” provides a narrative and links on 15 major topics related to employment.  their quest.


Helplines

  • JED Foundation
    This foundation supports schools, students, families & communities with mental health concerns. It includes a helpline Get Help Nowto access, text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-8255
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
    Person-centered care for suicide prevention. Will connect you with a trained counselor in your area.
  • Teen Health and Wellness
    Provides middle school and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, digital literacy, and more.
  • The Trevor Project
    Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
  • Crisis Text Line
    This Minnesota suicide hotline is a direct link to counselors. To access text “MN” to 741741  Many youth today feel more comfortable talking about their issues through text messages instead of over the phone or face-to-face.
  • Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students
    Focused on individuals and families struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, and includes: resources, symptoms, and help lines contact information.

Information

  • healthyplace.com
    A community of people who provide mental health information, support, and the opportunity to share experiences that are helpful to others.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)
    Provides current research on a wide array of mental health disorders. Also available are definitions, causes, types of treatment, and where to go for help.

Interventions

  • PBISWorld.com
    Positive interventions and supports (PBIS) organization’s comprehensive and easy to use website, lists successful interventions for specific behavioral challenges and provides a data tracking tool.
  • Positive Supports Minnesota
    Offers ideas about positive supports for behavior and transition that are respectful, supportive and effective for parents, service providers and consumers and serves as the home of the Positive Support Manual, a resource manual which provides guidelines for DHS-licensed settings.

LGBTQ

Advocacy

  • LIVE OUT LOUD!
    A nonprofit organization - inspiring and empowering LGBT youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community. Suggestions for school and community programs.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
    Information and links on resilience and childhood stress for parents and professionals and those who are LGBTQ.

Resources

School Policy

Military Families

Political Action

Seclusion and Restraint

  • Stop Hurting Kids
    Dan Habib film on restraint and seclusion includes advocacy, information and personal stories.

Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Professional Development

  • Mental Health in Schools
    A UCLA website geared toward teaching techniques, philosophies, research, and reform in the field of children’s mental health in schools.
  • SAMHSA: A Pocket Guide to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) on the Web
    Professional Development (Professional and Parent) - features a downloadable toolkit on how to use, evaluate, and train staff on using evidence based practices in for children with mental health challenges and links to other toolkits of interest.
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
    SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and this site includes facts, warnings and FAQs about suicide prevention.
  • Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions for Young Children (TACSEI)
    The goal of the State/TACSEI Partnership is to plan, implement and sustain a professional development system to enhance the knowledge and skills of the early childhood work force in meeting the social emotional needs of young children, particularly those with or at risk for delays or disabilities in inclusive and natural environments.

Research

  • Beach Center on Disability
    The Beach Center on Disability is a multidisciplinary research and training center committed to making a significant and sustainable positive difference in the quality of life of individuals and families affected by disability and the professionals who support them.
  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
    Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, one of the world's leading research centers in addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
  • Pathways 2 Positive Futures
    Promotes research on serious mental illness, and currently has six active projects.
  • RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures
    Research - This project aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Our work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.

Research to Practice

  • Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs’ funded center that works with federal agencies to reduce the barriers to collaboration and knowledge use. There is a significant gap between what is known from research and development for children and youth with emotional and behavioral problems and the actual practice of serving them.
  • University of Minnesota Children, Youth and Family Consortium
    This consortium creates programs to bridge gaps between research, practice, and policy.

Resources

  • Youth Move
    Devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have personal experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Self Determination

  • Brazelon Center for Mental Health Law
    A political action group working to protect the autonomy of individuals with mental health challenges, including their right to vote, participate in community life, and make choices about the care they receive.

Technical Assistance

  • NCWD/Youth
    A comprehensive technical assistance center for youth with disabilities. The site covers topics affecting them in employment, disability in the workplace, education, and workforce development. Posts on up-to-date research and policy news.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
    OSEP sponsored center regarding positive behavioral intervention strategies (PBIS) programs in school, families, and the community. It includes a comprehensive look at research, current issues and related subjects such as school discipline and juvenile justice