If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem, Mental Health First Aid can connect you with several resources or in-person help.
The ABLE Act seeks to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities without negatively impacting their eligibility for public benefits like Medicaid. This law covers qualified disability-related expenses (including education, housing, and transportation) through tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.
NAMI has been a beacon of help and hope to all people affected by mental health conditions. From meetings around kitchen tables, to 48 NAMI State Organizations and more than 600 NAMI Affiliates, NAMI has become one of the largest grassroots mental health organizations in the country.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
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AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, education and information on effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The AUCD links people to a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
IMPACT provides the means for people to take the first step toward regaining stability. During times of personal crisis or community disaster, the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance.
NACDD is the national association for the 56 Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils) across the United States and its territories. Each state has a DD Council and receives federal funding to support programs that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion for all people in the United States with developmental disabilities.
The Autism Society has affiliates in almost every state. If a local community does not have an affiliate serving its residents, the Autism Society National office supports the needs of individuals and families by providing information and referral services, advocacy, and education.
The National Downs Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. They work toward a future where all people with Down syndrome have opportunities to enhance their quality of life and turn their aspirations into realities.
Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Office of Disabilities includes the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), the Independent Living Administration (ILA), and the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Austism-specific information can also be found here.
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The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 1,600 private community providers of services to people with disabilities. Combined, we support over one million individuals with disabilities, and work to: shape policy, share solutions, and strengthen community. The mission is to advance the ability of our members in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities.
Over 10,000 local and state partnerships have been established by NCTSN members to integrate trauma-informed services into all child-serving systems, including child protective services, health and mental health programs, child welfare, education, residential care, juvenile justice, courts, and programs serving military and veteran families.
The National Clearinghouse provides online tools, resources, and education for families and professionals regarding developing Autism-related, evidence-based interventions.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the leading federal agency for research on mental disorders. Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, NIMH offers authoritative information about mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research.
With more than two decades of experience, the mission of the National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury (NRCTBI) provides relevant, practical information for professionals, persons with brain injury, and impacted family members.
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and serving them and their families. We work tirelessly to uphold our vision that every individual and family living with IDD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The National Autism Center is May Institute’s Center for the Promotion of Evidence-based Practice. It’s a nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating evidence-based information about the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive and reliable resources for families, practitioners, and communities.
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