U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Crisis Intervention

Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. Actual services are provided by state, county, city and tribal governments, and public and private local agencies. ACF assists these organizations through funding, policy direction, and information services.

Review Date: June 22, 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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U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. The Department's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department of Education is dedicated to: 1) Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds. 2) Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research. 3) Focusing national attention on key educational issues. 4) Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Review Date: February 23, 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 SIDS Institute

The American SIDS Institute is a non-profit organizations the focus of which is the prevention of sudden infant death, and the promotion of infant health. The SIDS Institute aims to achieve its goals through research, education -- conferences, workshops, teaching programs, and brochures -- and family support services.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

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Boys Town

Founded by Father Edward Flanagan in 1917, Boys Town is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that offers children and families services in their own homes as well as outside services to children with special treatment needs. Boys Town works with communities and schools in order to meet the growing and more diverse needs of today’s children and families. The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24/7 and offers teens, parents, and families help with depression, stress, peer pressure, suicidal thoughts, parenting problems, runaways, relationship issues, abuse, and much more. The Hotline also offers online support through YourLifeYourVoice.org, a web site tailored to specific needs of teens, and Parenting.org, which provides support and advice to parents.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

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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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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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Kristin Brooks Hope Center

The Kristin Brooks Hope Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and healing: by providing a single point of entry to community-based crisis services through innovative telephony and internet based technologies; by bringing national attention and access to services for postpartum depression and other women's mood disorders; through education and advocacy; through formal research and evaluation of crisis line services; and, by championing the need for national funding for community-based suicide prevention crisis services.

Review Date: February 03, 2010

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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 Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public. The Hotline serves as the only domestic violence hotline in the nation with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advocates receive approximately 23,500 calls each month. The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services, with a TTY line available for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. The staff at The Hotline is also available to provide assistance and guidance in a variety of areas including media, public relations, fundraising, public policy, legal advocacy and public education and training.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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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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National Runaway Safeline

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, has handled more than three million calls in its over 35-year history and handles an average of 100,000 calls annually. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 10,000 youth have been reunited with their families through NRS’ Home Free program operated in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline number is 1-800-RUNAWAY.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 140 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is administered by Link2Health Solutions, inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mental Health Association of New York City. Lifeline’s grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Review Date: September 21, 2010

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Network, Inc.

The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Network is a not-for- profit, voluntary health agency dedicated to (1) eliminate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome through the support of SIDS research projects; (2) provide support for those who have been touched by the tragedy of SIDS, and; (3) raise public awareness of SIDS through education. The Network provides counseling and support services in local communities and neighborhoods including support group meetings for SIDS families, crisis intervention, emergency room visits for SIDS parents and telephone counseling to providing individuals with up-to-date information about the medical facts surrounding SIDS. National and international services center around the SIDS Network's SIDS Information World Wide Web Site. The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Extension of the SIDS Network has been added because of the importance and many similarities of pregnancy and infant loss and SIDS issues.

Review Date: June 18, 2010

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Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Review Date: October 20, 2011

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