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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that - prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health. To accomplish its work, SAMHSA administers a combination of competitive, formula, and block grant programs and data collection activities, as well as providing the general public with information obtained from these grants and activities. Within SAMSHA, the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) leads Federal efforts to treat mental illnesses by promoting mental health and by preventing the development or worsening of mental illness when possible, by helping states improve and increase the quality and range of their treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for people with mental illness, their families, and communities. Further, it encourages a range of programs-such as systems of care-to respond to the increasing number of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems among America's children. CMHS supports outreach and case management programs for the thousands of Americans with severe mental illness who are homeless and supports the development and adoption of "models" for improving services. 
Family to Family Education Program of NAMI The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Classes include current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders; up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence; current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery; gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness; learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques; acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload; guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community; and information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services. 
Internet Mental Health Internet Mental Health is a free encyclopedia of mental health information created by a Canadian psychiatrist, in an effort to bring together much information and resources in support of persons with mental illness and their families. 
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. SPRC also promotes collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention. 
NAMI Montgomery County National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Montgomery County supports persons with mental illness by providing education, and advocacy for nondiscriminatory Local, State and Federal policies. 
Exceptional Parent Magazine Point of entry to read/subscribe to the "Exceptional Parent" magazine - a magazine devoted to issues/concerns faced by parents and caregivers of special needs children. 
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