National Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) – The AACAP developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. The AACAP has produced the Facts for Families in English and Spanish and other languages. PDF files can be downloaded from this site.

American Association of Pediatrics – Offers several behavioral and mental health web pages addressing child and family emotional well-being and coping. Gives information on raising emotionally healthy children and coping with common behavioral and mental health conditions and stressful life situations.

American Psychiatric Association (APA) – The APA has many resources for professionals  but also produces the Healthy Minds resource with a great array of information in support of child and adolescent mental health.

American School Counselor Association – This is the website for school counselors. However, it also has a nice section with articles for parents as well as offering resources for their members.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses through changes in policy and law.  It is a superb source of information on how state and national policy impacts those with mental health challenges.

Building Bridges The Building Bridges for Children’s Behavioral Health Project (Colorado) is designed to provide increased access to behavioral health services and improved outcomes for school-aged children. While they are not local, their website (especially in the “Tools” section) contains resources for schools, communities, and student and families to promote the social emotional development and address the behavioral health needs of students.

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice – Parents rarely have access to research-based interventions. This website has downloadable briefs to provide families with useful and usable information about evidenced-based practices.

Center for School Mental Health  – The Center promotes activities to advance successful and innovative mental health policies and programs in schools. It works to reduce barriers to student learning, by promoting practices that advance the integration of mental health in schools. It has an excellent section on resources.

Family Voices – This organization aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through their national network, they provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care. They have an Indiana chapter.

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health – This is the most prominent, national family-run organization which provides leadership and technical assistance to a nationwide network of family run organizations, advocacy at the national level and collaborates with family run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America. We have a chapter in Elkhart County, called The Parent SOURCE.

Intervention CentralWhile this is really educator oriented, it offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth. The site was created by Jim Wright, a school psychologist and school administrator from Central New York.

Mental Health America – (formerly National Mental Health Association) This website by the premier mental health education and advocacy organization provides reliable information on numerous topics in children’s mental health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – This Child and Adolescent Action Center website of this national organization (which has an Elkhart County affiliate) has an array of resources for parents and youth.

National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations – Member organizations have compiled a bibliography of the most recent research in their respective fields. You can find that bibliography here.

National Association of School PsychologistsThis professional organization for school psychologists has a wealth of information for Parents and for Educators. Also valuable for both Educators and Families are several downloadable free publications: brochures, handouts and booklets.

National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health – Georgetown – The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development has taken a leadership role in addressing the mental health needs of children, youth and their families at the policy, training/consultation, and research levels. This website is a source for excellent resources and professional trainings.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program – The Olweus Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. On this website you will find general information about bullying behavior and its impact on school climate and student health and academic achievement.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA  is a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services. It is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from behavioral health challenges. It is the source of very high quality publications.

UCLA School Mental Health Project– The Center, located at UCLA, is a federally funded project that seeks to help educators through providing technical assistance and other resources to promote mental health policies and programs in schools.

Youth M.O.V.E National – Youth M.O.V.E. is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development. They do this by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. This is geared to youth by youth.

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