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National Family-Related Organizations

Family Organizations


National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
9605 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 403-1901


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



National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 524-7600, Information Helpline: 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264)


NAMI is 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.



Resource Centers


Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health
University of South Florida
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Department of Child & Family Studies
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612-3807
(813) 974-4661


The Center addresses the need for improved services and outcomes for children with
serious emotional/behavioral disabilities and their families. The Center conducts
research, synthesizes and shares existing knowledge, provides training and consultation,
and serves as a resource for other researchers, policy makers, administrators in the public
system, and organizations representing parents, consumers, advocates, professional
societies, and practitioners.



Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Supporting Successful
Transition for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions

Portland State University, Regional Research Institute and School of Social Work.
PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751
(503) 725-4040


The Center aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental
health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination.
Their work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in
a positive development framework.



National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD)
Box 571485
Washington, DC 20057-1485
(202) 687-5000


Using a multifaceted approach, the Center provides information, technical assistance, and
training on system and service strategies for achieving positive outcomes for children and
youth with mental health needs and their families.





Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20847-2345


SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on
America’s communities by targeting effective substance abuse and mental health services
to the people most in need and translating research in these areas more effectively and
more rapidly into the general health care system.