Association and Agencies

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
For the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders, best principles for practice.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)is a resource for psychiatric mental health nursing. A professional organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric mental health nursing, health and wellness promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country, providing support, education, information, and referral and advocacy for the millions of people, and their families, in the USA who live with serious mental illness. Local affiliates and state organizations identify and work on issues most important to their community and state.

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH)
The NCCBH represents 1,300 organizations providing treatment and rehabilitation to help people recover from mental illnesses and addiction disorders. NCCBH works collaboratively with health care providers, law enforcement, criminal justice, schools and others to build strong community behavioral health systems. An important report, A Promise Unkept is found at

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems. They conduct and support research in a variety of scientific areas and work in collaboration with other agencies. A variety of resources for clinicians, researchers and families are available on this web site.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. A variety of resources for clinicians, researchers, and families are available on this web site.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. NIMH's Web site contains a comprehensive listing of materials for the full range of topics.

National Mental Health Association (a.k.a. Mental Health America - MHA)
The MHA is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. MHA works to improve the mental health of all people in the USA through advocacy, education, research, and service.

U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA's web site is robust, offering considerable information on a plethora of topics: Children & Families, Communities That Care; Co-Occurring Disorders, Criminal & Juvenile Justice; Disaster Readiness & Response; HIPAA; Homelessness; Medication Assisted Treatment; Older Adults, Seclusion & Restraint; and Veterans Resources.

The following SAMHSA tools and resources are especially helpful:
Mental Health Services Locator:
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP):
Mental Health Information Center:
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: 

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