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Psychiatric Disabilities

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

1101 15th St. NW
Suite 1212
Washington, DC 20005

voice: 202 467-5730
fax: 202-223-0409
TTY: 202-467-4232

The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental disabilities through changes in policy and law. We envision an America where people who have mental disabilities exercise their own life choices.


Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

940 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

voice: (617) 353-3549
fax: (617) 353-7700

The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities. Our work is guided by the most basic of rehabilitation values, that first and foremost, persons with psychiatric disabilities have the same goals and dreams as any other person. Our mission is to increase the likelihood that they can achieve these goals by improving the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems.


Employee Assistance Professionals Association

4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 410
Arlington, VA 22203

voice: (703) 387-1000
fax: (703) 522-4585

The Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) is the world's largest, oldest, and most respected membership organization for employee assistance professionals. With members in over 35 countries around the globe, EAPA is the world?s most relied upon source of information and support for and about the employee assistance profession. EAPA publishes the Journal of Employee Assistance, hosts the annual World EAP Conference, offers online training and other resources.


International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Agencies

voice: 410 730-7190
TTY: 410 730-1723

The purpose of IAPSRS is to help advance the role, scope, and quality of services designed to facilitate the community readjustment of people with psychiatric disabilities.


Mental Health America

2000 N. Beauregard Street
6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311

voice: (703) 684-7722
fax: (703) 684-5968
Toll Free: (800) 969-6642

MHA, the leading advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans. With nearly a century of experience, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots actions that promote mental health, and address mental and substance use issues with compassionate and concrete solutions. MHA’s actions inform, support and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness. Our over 300 affiliates in 41 states and the District of Columbia represent a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.


National Alliance on Mental Illness

3803 N. Fairfax Dr.
Ste. 100
Arlington, VA 22203

voice: 703 524-7600
fax: (703) 524-9094
TTY: 703 516-7227
Member Services: (888) 999-NAMI (6264)

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need. From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives and activities in support of the NAMI mission.


National Depressive & Manic-Depressive Association

voice: 800-826-3632

To educate patients, families, professionals and the public concerning the nature of depressive and manic-depressive illnesses as treatable medical diseases; to foster self-help for patients and families; to eliminate discrimination and stigma; to improve access to care; and to advocate for research toward the elimination of these illnesses.


National Empowerment Center

599 Canal Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

voice: 800-power2u (800-769-3728)
fax: 978-681-6426
Outside US/Local calls: 978-685-1494/978-685-1494

As a consumer/survivor/expatient-run organization, we carry out our mission with authority, as each of us is living a personal journey of recovery and empowerment. We are convinced that recovery and empowerment are not the privilege of a few exceptional leaders, but rather are possible for each person with lived experience. Whether on the back ward of a state mental institution or working as an executive in a corporation, we want people who are mental health consumers/survivors/expatients to know there is a place to turn to in order to receive the information they might need in order to regain control over their lives and the resources that affect their lives. That place is the National Empowerment Center.


National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse

1211 Chestnut Street
Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA 19107

voice: (800) 553-4539
fax: (215) 636-6312
: (215) 751-1810

The Clearinghouse works to foster consumer empowerment through our website, up-to-date news and information announcements, a directory of consumer-driven services, electronic and printed publications, training packages, and individual and onsite consultation. We help consumers organize coalitions, establish self-help groups and other consumer-driven services, advocate for mental health reform, and fight the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illnesses. We also strive to help the movement grow by supporting consumer involvement in planning and evaluating mental health services, and encouraging traditional providers and other societal groups to accept people with psychiatric disabilities as equals and full partners in treatment and in society. In addition to developing our own publications, we maintain an extensive library of information on topics important to consumer groups interested in self-help and advocacy, including peer counseling, deinstitutionalization, fundraising, involuntary treatment, patient rights, using the media, and many others.


National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network

1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857

voice: 1-877-SAMHSA-7

A Service of the Center for Mental health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Dept. of Health & human Services.


National Research and Training Center (NRTC) on Psychiatric Disability, University of Illinois at Chicago

1601 W. Taylor St.
4th Floor, M/C 912
Chicago, IL 60612

voice: 312.355.1696
fax: 312.355.4189

The National Research and Training Center (NRTC) on Psychiatric Disability is a five-year program of research, training, technical assistance and dissemination activities designed to promote self-determination among people with psychiatric disabilities. It is located in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The overarching premise of the Center's activities is that persons with psychiatric disabilities have the right to maximal independence, which grows out of making choices regarding the decisions that affect their lives. Center projects are comprised of five core areas: choice in treatment decision-making; economic self-sufficiency; maintaining access to desired services under managed care; career development through real jobs for real wages; and strengthening self-determination skills and self-advocacy. Project activities are being implemented by multidisciplinary workgroups comprised of people with psychiatric disabilities, families, service providers, state agency administrators, researchers, and Center staff. Outcome and management tools being developed for each core area assess key outcomes and program policies related to increased self-determination. In the third year, a collaboratively-planned, state-of-the-science conference on self-determination and psychiatric disabilities will be convened and a comprehensive report will be published. Advanced technology has been incorporated into each project's objectives and all training and dissemination activities. Multimedia formats are being used to ensure widespread accessibility of Center products and materials to people with psychiatric disabilities, families, service providers, researchers, and other stakeholders. Through rigorous research and advanced technology, Center projects are culminating in a substantial state-of-the-science knowledge base about self-determination for persons with psychiatric disabilities.


Washington Business Group on Health

voice: 202-408-9320
TTY: 202-408-9333

The Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH) is the only national non-profit organization exclusively devoted to representing the perspective of large employers and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems.


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