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Homelessness Resource Center

The Homelessness Resource Center (HRC), a Center for Mental Health Services Initiative, seeks to improve the daily lives of people affected by homelessness and who have mental health and substance use problems and trauma histories. The work of the HRC includes training and technical assistance, online learning opportunities, and publications. HRC also maintains an extensive knowledge database of studies, papers and reports related to homelessness that is available on their Web site.

Review Date: January 12, 2011

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National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The National Center for PTSD is a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Center has 7 Divisions across the country and carries out a broad range of activities in research, education, and training on traumatic stress and PTSD. Advancing science and promoting understanding of traumatic stress, the NCPTSD works to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat PTSD in veterans and others following exposure to traumatic stress. NCPTSD cooperates with other agencies and organizations concerned with the impact of traumatic events on mental health. A variety of information resources, for both the general public and health professionals, are produced and disseminated by the Center. See the NCPTSD website for further information.

Review Date: September 19, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of the National Institutes of Health, seeks to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on the mind, brain, and behavior. NIMH provides a wide range of information based on that research. Publications are available through the NIMH Web site or by calling the NIMH information center for information and to order publications.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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Office of Rural Mental Health Research

As congressionally mandated: (1) Directs, plans, coordinates, and supports research activities and information dissemination on conditions unique to those living in rural areas, including research on the delivery of mental health services in such areas; and (2) coordinates related Departmental research activities and related activities of public and nonprofit entities.

Review Date: August 04, 2011

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Inquiries on mental health, drug abuse, or alcohol can be directed to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) , formerly the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA). Requests for publications should be directed to the information offices listed in the General Notes (GN) field of this database record.

Review Date: June 13, 2011

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AboutOurKIDS.org

AboutOurKids.org is the web site of the NYU Child Study Center. The center is dedicated to increasing the awareness of child mental health issues and improving the treatment of child psychiatric illnesses through scientific practice, research, and education. The center seeks to bridge the gap between science and practice by integrating the finest research with patient care. AboutOurKids.org provides scientifically-based child mental health and parenting information for parents, pediatricians, educators, mental health professionals, and anyone who cares about kids. Drawing on the perspectives of the nation's experts and the resources of the Child Study Center, the site provides a continually expanding store of practical and accessible articles based on the latest research in child psychiatry, psychology, and development. AboutOurKids.org is a reliable resource for both common challenges, such as toilet training, and more serious problems such as depression and developmental disorders.

Review Date: December 15, 2008

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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, formerly the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, was founded in 1953 to further the diagnosis, research, and treatment of mental illnesses affecting children, adolescents, and their families. It provides information for both the public and mental health professionals. The Academy also works with a network of mental health groups to improve mental health care and with government agencies to influence public policy. It also holds scholarly institutes on such subjects as epidemiology and psychiatry and the law.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

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American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mental health and well-being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders. AAGP's mission is to enhance the knowledge base and standard of practice in geriatric psychiatry through education and research and to advocate for meeting the mental health needs of older Americans.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American Association of Suicidology

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS), founded in 1968, promotes the study of suicide and suicide prevention services. AAS activities include an annual meeting, a clinical training institute, a conference for survivors of suicide, publications, awards for outstanding contributions to the suicide prevention field, certification of suicide prevention services and individual crisis workers suicide prevention week, workshops, and volunteer training programs. AAS seeks to increase public awareness of suicide as a public health problem and preventive resources.

Review Date: September 23, 2010

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American Counseling Association

In 1952, four independent associations established the American Personnel and Guidance Association to provide a stronger voice for related counseling professions. In 1983, the association became the American Association for Counseling and Development, and in 1992, it became the American Counseling Association. Today, ACA includes 19 divisions, 56 branches, and 4 regions in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Philippines. Branches allow members to network with peers and advocate for professional and government relations issues at a local level. ACA's mission is to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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American Group Psychotherapy Association

The American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), founded in 1942, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among professionals in group psychotherapy. It makes available published information on all aspects of group psychotherapy. AGPA attempts to maintain high standards of ethical and professional practice. It promotes research in group psychotherapy. Membership is restricted to qualified mental health professionals.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

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American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 36,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual developmental disorders and substance use disorders. APA Members are primarily medical specialists who are psychiatrists or in the process of becoming psychiatrists.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

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American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that has more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. The American Psychological Association aspires to excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing psychology as a science.

Review Date: December 15, 2011

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Asian American Psychological Association

AAPA was formed to advance the welfare of Asian Americans through the development of Asian American psychology. The Association shall assist and advance understanding of, encourage research and service to, educate and inform citizens on, and influence public policy relevant to or affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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Association of Black Psychologists

This association serves as the leader and international resource for addressing the psychological needs of African people in the Diaspora. ABPsi works in collaboration with other Afrocentric associations in Social Work, Law, Medicine, and related social service disciplines to formulate or influence the development of policy to ensure positive solutions to the challenges that impact people of African descent.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) is private, not-for-profit public charity 501(c)(3) organized for the purpose of raising and distributing funds for scientific research into the causes, cures, treatments and prevention of severe psychiatric brain disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders. NARSAD seeks and receives contributions from individuals, families, foundations and corporations for the support of its research programs, its educational symposia and publications.

Review Date: August 22, 2011

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Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice

The mission of the Center is to support and to promote a reoriented national preparedness to foster the development and adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance. To achieve that goal, the Center is dedicated to a policy of collaboration at Federal, state, and local levels that contributes to and facilitates the production, exchange, and use of knowledge about effective practices.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities by improving the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems. The Center's mission is to increase knowledge in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation; to train treatment personnel; to develop effective rehabilitation programs; and to assist in organizing both personnel and programs into efficient and coordinated service delivery systems. The Center is affiliated with Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Boston University.

Review Date: December 15, 2008

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Co-Dependents Anonymous

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA®) was established in 1986 as a self-help recovery program for individuals coping with co-dependency. Co-dependency is a compulsive, self-destructive behavior, characterized by an inability to maintain functional relationships, and may include a history of addiction. CoDA® is a non-professional organization, and is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. Its group activities are patterned after twelve-step recovery programs. Group meetings have been established in 49 states and 10 countries.

Review Date: August 18, 2010

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a non-profit, patient-directed organization founded to provide personal support and direct services to patients with depression or manic depression and their families. DBSA offers a toll-free information and referral line, has more than 1,000 patient-run support groups throughout th U.S. and Canada, and reaches nearly five million people through educational materials and programs, exhibit materials, and media activities. An annual conference is held to provide for communication between local chapters, general members, and the DBSA.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T)

F.E.A.S.T. is an international organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders. The organization runs a moderated peer-to-peer support forum called Around the Dinner Table for parents and caregivers struggling to care for eating disorder patients.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: - Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; - Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; - Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families; - Advocate and lobby for the OCD community.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective and empirically based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation and to address its relevance to other theoretical constructs. ISSTD seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

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KidsPeace

Since 1882, KidsPeace has been dedicated to creating opportunities for kids in crisis to become kids who overcome. Among the many services KidsPeace offer are: short-term acute inpatient psychiatric care for kids with the greatest needs; a 24-hour crisis information and intervention hotline that can be accessed by kids, parents and professionals across the U.S.; free referral service for families and professionals in need of critical care providers in their communities; and free educational seminars to help psychiatrists, psychologists and other service providers to better identify and address critical issues affecting kids. Residential services for child and adolescent males and females for issues related to sexual victimization, sexual abuse, depression/ self injurious behaviors, academic difficulties. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.

Review Date: December 07, 2010

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Learn Psychology

LearnPsychology.org strives to provide in-depth information, resources, and data for those interested in pursuing a degree in psychology. They use only reliable data and expert knowledge to offer accurate and up-to-date information about education and career options within the field of psychology, as well as additional resources, to help visitors make well-informed decisions regarding education and future professions.

Review Date: October 03, 2014

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Mental Health America

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

Review Date: June 13, 2011

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has a national organization as well as state organizations and local affiliates in more than 1,100 communities across the country. Through the dedicated efforts of grassroots leaders, NAMI focuses on three corner stones of activity that offer hope, reform and health: support, education and advocacy.

Review Date: November 07, 2011

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National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

The mandate of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association is to advocate on behalf of AAPI mental health issues, to serve as a forum for effective collaboration and to network among stake holders of community based organizations, consumers, family members, service providers, program developers, researchers, evaluators and policy makers.

Review Date: January 12, 2011

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National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is the oldest and largest national community behavioral healthcare advocacy organization in the country. It was formed in 1970 and represents the interests of community behavioral healthcare organizations nationwide The National Council conducts federal advocacy activities, representing the industry on Capitol Hill and before Federal agencies, and offers a national consulting service program, publications, and annual training conference. Among other benefits, members receive an annual Mental Health Month Kit, Membership Directory, opportunities to participate in an Awards program, and access to members only section on the NCCBH web site.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

The National Federation, a national family-run organization serves to: provide advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families. The Federation provides leadership and technical assistance to a nation-wide network of family run organizations and collaborates with family run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America.

Review Date: November 15, 2011

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Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc.

The Trichotillomania Learning Center’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB). Founded in 1991, TLC provides education, outreach, and support of research into the cause and treatment of BFRB disorders.

Review Date: April 22, 2011

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