Federal Agencies

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) administers programs and funding for the delivery of services such as treatment, employment, housing, transportation, and other aspects of community participation that are needed by adults with mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disorders.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) conducts comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration, employment and independent living of individuals of all ages with disabilities. NIDRR’s focus includes research in employment, health and function, technology for access and function, independent living and community integration, and other associated disability research areas.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) focuses on improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

National Organizations

Compeer International

Compeer is an international non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers to serve as advocates, mentors, and friends to children and adults receiving mental health treatment. It was founded over 30 years ago in Rochester, NY and today boasts over 100 Affiliate Programs in the United Stated, Canada and Australia.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI is a nonprofit, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. NAMI works to provide education and support, combat stigma, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with mental illnesses and their families. The website also provides contact information for local affiliates and state organizations which identify and work on issues most important to ther community and state.

The National Association of Consumer/Survivor Mental Health Administrators (NAC/SMHA)

The NAC/SMHA represents state department of mental health senior managers who are current or former recipients of mental health services. The organization provides a forum for members to develop strategies for balancing the demands and expectations of consumer/survivors and mental health bureaucracies. A vehicle for networking and peer support, NAC/SMHA works to increase participation of consumer/survivors in all aspects of the public mental health system.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

NASMHPD identifies public mental health policy issues, apprises its members of research findings and best practices in the delivery of mental health services, fosters collaboration, provides consultation and technical assistance, and promotes effective management practices and financing mechanisms. NASMHPD takes action that reflects the position of State Mental Health Authorities on public mental health issues and coordinates at the national level with organizations of related interests.

The Homelessness Resource Center (SAMHSA)

The HRC website is part of the Homelessness Resource Network, a collaboration to share a common digital library of over 9,000 resources related to homelessness, mental illness, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and traumatic stress.  The Resource Center offers training opportunities, technical assistance, referral lists, an extensive resource library, and disseminates knowledge.

National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center (NCSTAC)

NCSTAC helps to strengthen those organizations supporting mental health consumers, survivors, and ex-patients by providing technical assistance in the forms of research, informational materials, and financial aid.

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is a consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement. They help connect individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and offer expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.

University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability

This National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability provides training, technical assistance and dissemination activities designed to promote self-determination among people with psychiatric disabilities.


State Mental Health Agencies

To view a listing of state mental health agencies visit the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ website and scroll down until you get to the section “State Mental Health Agencies”


State Consumer-Run Organizations

To view a listing of consumer-run organizations by state visit the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearing House website.


Additional Recovery-Related Websites

  • Active Minds Student-run on-campus advocacy groups which work to increase awareness of mental health issues; provide information and encourage students to seek help as soon as needed. A liaison between students and the mental health community.
  • American Residential Treatment Association is composed of more than 30 member facilities offering residential care to adults with serious mental challenges, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, personality disorders, and disorders combined with substance abuse
  • Hamilton County (Cincinnati, OH) Community Mental Health Board HOPE- Harvesting Our Personal Efforts.
  • Healthline provides a comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Santa Cruz, California (NAMI-SCC) Recovery articles, news, techniques and links.
  • The Mental Illness Education Project Strives to help people deal with the often devastating effects of serious mental illness through the use of video-based educational programs. Used by professionals, consumers, family members and extensively for training by hospitals, mental health centers, universities, and advocacy organizations.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Veterans Resource Center To help support active duty military personnel, veterans and their families facing serious mental illnesses.
  • Recovery Inc Founded by Abraham A. Low, M.D., an international self-help mental health organization that is completely member operated. The program is free for members and designed to work in conjunction with professional mental health services.
  • What a Difference a Friend Makes
    This brochure encourages young adults to support a friend experiencing mental illness and offers strategies and suggestions for supporting recovery.