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Links to Web Sites Related to Mental Disabilities


ADVOCACY

Amicus for Children, Inc.
offers free services to help parents advocate for their children with disabilities.

Campaign for Mental Health Reform
A collaboration of some of the nation's leading mental health advocacy groups, founded by the Bazelon Center, NAMI, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the National Mental Health Association

MacArthur Research Network on Mental Health and the Law

Mental Disability Rights International
international non-governmental advocacy organization dedicated to the recognition and enforcement of the rights of people with mental disabilities

Montana Advocacy Program
administers eight Protection and Advocacy programs and one private program that advocate the rights of Montanans with disabilities

Montana Mental Health Association

National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems
network of state agencies protecting the rights of people with mental illness or developmental disabilities

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
a consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement - connects individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, offers expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers

Treatment Advocacy Center
a national nonprofit organization working to eliminate barriers to timely treatment of severe mental illness


AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

Americans With Disabilities Act

Governor's Advisory Council on Disability
advises the Montana Department of Administration, the ADA Coordinator and the Governor's Office on issues affecting the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Montana

Job Accommodation Network
information and links for implementing the employment protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act

National Council on Disability
independent federal agency working with the President and the Congress to increase the inclusion, independence and empowerment of all Americans with disabilities

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
information about filing a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act


CHILDREN

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
policy, technical assistance and training

Montana Children's Initiative
a provider association for Montana's children and families

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Parents, Let's Unite for Kids
resources for parents of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the state of Montana

Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health

UCLA School Mental Health Project


COMMISSIONS AND REPORTS

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health


CONSUMER INITIATIVES

Consumer Quality Initiatives
consumer-run and directed organization that conducts mental health quality improvement, evaluation, research and service planning activities in Massachusettes

Quality Review Services
consumer-run initiative that independently collects, analyzes and disseminates objective information about behavioral health care services and quality of life issues that promote recovery and resiliency in Ohio


CO-OCCURRING MENTAL ILLNESS / SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

Dual Diagnosis Website
for resources on mental illness and substance abuse disorder


DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

American Association of Mental Retardation

The Arc
works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community

Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000

Institute on Community Integration
resources for people with developmental disabilities


EVIDENCE – BASED MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
practical information and links on rehabilitation and reasonable accommodation for people with mental illnesses

Dilectical Behavioral Therapy

Evaluation Center
national technical assistance center for the evaluation of adult mental health systems change

Evidence Based Practices - Shaping Mental Health Services Toward Recovery
evidence-based practice implementation resource kit – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

International Center for Clubhouse Development
global network creating opportunities for people living with mental illness to be respected members of society

New Hampshire - Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

New York State Office of Mental Health - Evidence Based Practices

Recovery Website
details best practices and other components of a mental health consumer-driven recovery process


MEDICATIONS

Free Medications for Low-Income People
list of psychotropic medications with corresponding companies that feature patient-assistance programs and their contact numbers

MedAccess
resources on access to the newer "atypical" psychotropic medications


MENTAL HEALTH

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
the leading national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities

Campaign for Mental Health Reform
the mental health community's united voice on federal policy with the goal to make access, recovery, coherence, and quality in mental health services the hallmarks of our nation's mental health system by working directly with federal policymakers

Center for Reintegration
an online resource for those persons dealing with schizophrenia and related disorders

Handling Your Psychiatric Disability in Work and School
interactive and informative web site for people with a psychiatric condition that addresses issues and reasonable accommodations related to work and school

Mental Health InfoSource
online source for mental health education

Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program

organization working to foster and enhance the quality and scope of information for decisions that will improve the quality of life and recovery of people with mental illness

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
largest donor-supported organization in the world devoted to funding scientific research on psychiatric brain disorders

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
the nation's voice on mental illness

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
non-profit organization dedicated to Serving the Needs of the Nation's Public Mental Health System through policy development, information dissemination, and technical assistance

National Institute of Mental Health
working to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain, and behavior

National Mental Health Association
the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness

National Mental Health Awareness Campaign
educates the public about mental health issues to eradicate the fear, shame and stigma commonly associated with mental illness

National Mental Health Information Center
mental health information

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program
works to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses; to achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care; to advance promotion, prevention, and early intervention services for children and their families; to increase public awareness worldwide about mental health and mental illness; and to stimulate local actions to address those issues

U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (formerly IAPSRS)
the purpose of USPRA is to help advance the role, scope, and quality of services designed to facilitate the community readjustment of people with psychiatric disabilities

UCLA Center for Research on Treatment & Rehabilitation of Psychosis
research services, consultation and technical assistance to investigators pursuing studies of severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia

University of Illinois at Chicago - Mental Health Services Research Program
research, training, and technical assistance resulting in enhanced service delivery and increased knowledge about psychiatric disorders and mental health services

World Federation for Mental Health
international, multidisciplinary, grassroots advocacy and education organization concerned with all aspects of mental health mental health education


MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE ETHICS

American Medical Association - Principles of Medical Ethics

American Psychological Association - Psychologists Code of Ethics

National Association of Social Workers - Code of Ethics

American Psychiatric Association - Code of Medical Ethics


MODEL PROGRAMS

Fellowship Health Resources
clinical and support services to persons recovering from mental illness, and co-occurring disorders in the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maine, Virginia, and Pennsylvania

Fountain House
helping people with mental illness achieve their potential and be respected as co-workers, neighbors, and friends

Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers
provides opportunity for people with mental illness to live with dignity and independence through a comprehensive program of therapeutic support, case management, education, vocational training and placement, and housing

Village Integrated Services Agency
support and education for adults with psychiatric disabilities to recognize their strengths and power to successfully live, socialize and work in the community


MONTANA RESOURCES

Addictive and Mental Disorders Division
"Implements statewide systems of prevention, treatment, care, and rehabilitation for adults with addictive and mental disorders."

The Developmental Disabilities Program
"Supports choices and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in their communities. Operates the Montana Developmental Center."

Governor's Advisory Council on Disability
advises the Montana Department of Administration, the ADA Coordinator and the Governor's Office on issues affecting the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Montana

Health Resources Division
"Implements statewide systems of prevention, treatment, care, and rehabilitation for children with mental disorders."

Montana Advocacy Program
administers eight Protection and Advocacy programs and one private program that advocate the rights of Montanans with disabilities

Montana Children's Initiative
a provider association for Montana's children and families

Montana Mental Health Association

NAMI - Montana

Parents, Let's Unite for Kids
resources for parents of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the state of Montana

Rural Institute on Disabilities
Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Service, is part of the national network of programs funded by the Federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) committed to increasing and supporting the independence, productivity, and inclusion of persons with disabilities into the community


Montana Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities System

Department of Public Health and Human Services
  e-mail Director Gail Gray

Addictive and Mental Disorders Division (adult mental health services)
  e-mail Administrator Joyce DeCunzo

Mental Health Oversight Advisory Council

Child & Adult Health Resources Division (children's mental health services)
e-mail Administrator Chuck Hunter

Developmental Disabilities Program(developmental disabilities services)
  e-mail Program Director Jeff Sturm


CONTACT DECISION MAKERS

President of the United States

Congressman Denny Rehberg
516 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC, 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3211
Fax: (202) 225-5687
e-mail Denny Rehberg

Senator Max Baucus
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-26602
Phone: (202) 224-2651
Fax: (202) 228-3687
e-mail Max Baucus

Senator Conrad Burns
SD-187 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2603
Phone: (202) 224-2644
Fax: (202) 224-8594
e-mail Conrad Burns

Governor Judy Martz
State Capitol
PO Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-0801
(406) 444-3111
Contact Judy Martz

Department of Public Health and Human Services
e-mail Director Gail Gray

Addictive and Mental Disorders Division (adult mental health services)
e-mail Administrator Joyce DeCunzo

Mental Health Oversight Advisory Council

Child & Adult Health Resources Division (children's mental health services)
e-mail Administrator Chuck Hunter

Developmental Disabilities Program (developmental disabilities services)
e-mail Program Director Jeff Sturm


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