National Organizations

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): A national, grassroots mental health organization offering education, advocacy, and support for those affected by mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Child and Adolescent Mental Health: NIMH supports research into the causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illness, and provides a variety of fact sheets about different topics relevant to mental illness in children and adolescents.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health: The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA is the federal agency leading public health efforts in the area of behavioral and mental health. They offer information on behavioral health treatments and services, as well as a variety of useful resources for both families and professionals.

National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism (NARPAA): Works to assure the availability of residential services and other supports for adults with autism throughout their lives. Promotes best practices and quality standards through training; open access to underserved populations; exchange information members and partners to promote efficiency and effectiveness; promote effective public policy relating to the needs of adults with autism.

Autism Research Institute: A site for laypersons interested in autism. Includes information on DAN! (Defeat Autism Now).

Autism Society of America: Parent information on autism and support and advocacy information. A good source of credible information about diagnosis and management of autism. With the recent crisis disrupting school schedules and learning routines, children now have longer idle times that are spent on social media and other online platforms. This exposes them to harassment and other forms of online threats that could have devastating and even tragic effect on them. Cyberbullying presents a special challenge as parents and teachers feel they may lack the technological knowledge to keep kids safe. This guide could go a long way in safeguarding the emotional and psychological health of children under our care.

For Alabama Residents

Autism Society of Alabama: Alabama Chapter of the Autism Society of Alabama. Good resource/references and information.

Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH): ADMH is the state agency responsible for serving Alabamians affected by mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and addiction.

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP): The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nation’s federally-funded protection and advocacy (P&A) system. ADAP provides legal services to Alabamians with disabilities to protect, promote and expand their rights. ADAP’s vision is one of a society in which persons with disabilities are valued and exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity. ADAP is part of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).

Alabama Department of Human Resources: Provides services needed to promote self-sufficiency and independence and to protect Alabama’s vulnerable children and adults.

Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE): Learn more about the state’s learning initiatives and the support offered to Alabama students and teachers.

Council on Accreditation (COA): COA partners with human service organizations to develop, apply, and promote accreditation standards.