Support & Advocacy

These organizations provide assistance, support, information and advocacy to behavioral health clients, families and service providers. You also can search our nationwide database of support groups below.

Action for Children
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Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for organizing, developing and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most.

Adult Children of Alcoholics
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An anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.

Alanon/Alateen
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Provides a directory of over 500 Al-Anon and Alateen meetings in Northern Illinois.

Alcoholics Anonymous
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Provides a list of meeting locations and contact information for AA chapters throughout Illinois.

Alzheimer's Support Group
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Two Caregiver Support Groups are offered. The Coffee and Talk Caregiver Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 am. They also have an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group that meets on the last Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Both groups meet at the Louis S. Viverito Senior Center at 7745 S. Leamington, Burbank Il. 60459. Our Phone # is 708 636-8850 ext. 12.

Are You Caring for Older Adults?
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Oak Park Township Senior services support groups is held the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 10-1:30PM at the Oak Park Arms, 418 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302. Call Steven Smith at 708-383-8060 for more information. Stickney Township Office on Aging provides a support group on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 10-11:30 at the Louis S. Viverito Senior Center, 7745 S. Leamington, and an evening support group on the last Monday of the month 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Please call 708-636-8850, ext. 12 for locations)

Aspire
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Provides quality lifetime supports to people with developmental disabilities so they can achieve their individual highest potential where they live, learn, work or play.

Autism Society
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This organization focuses their efforts on meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their loving families.

CASPAN: Chicago Autism Spectrum Adult (and teen) Network
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This is open to anyone who wishes to attend: teens or adults... those on the spectrum as well as family and friends (and people who just like to play games.) We'll meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm

Chicago Kids
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Parenting resources and networks in the Chicago area.

Chicago New Moms Group
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A support group for new moms with babies ages 0 to 6 months old. This is an opportunity for moms to come together and discuss the ups and downs of being a first time mother in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Collaboration for Early Childhood
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At the Collaboration for Early Childhood, we provide the resources and connections vital to every child's opportunity for success in learning and in life. Work with us to create a bright future for our community.

Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township
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The purpose of the Community Mental Health Board is to plan, develop, coordinate, evaluate, and fund mental health services in Oak Park, including services for persons with mental disorders, alcohol or other drug dependence or developmental disorders.

Congregate Dining
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The congregate Dining Program offers a well-balanced lunch meal, the opportunity to meet new friends, and a variety of educational and recreational activities to keep you active and healthy! 130 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 (708)383-8060

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for Greater Chicago
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A self-help group founded in the interest of offering support to those with mood disorders along with their families,and friends.

Divorce Care
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Provides groups that meet weekly to help you face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.

Eating Disorder Support Groups
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When combined with other forms of treatment, support groups are a great way to enhance relationship skills, increase motivation, and provide feelings of connection in a semi-structured environment. Look for groups that are led by qualified professionals who are knowledgeable about eating disorders or individuals who have fully recovered.

Eating Disorders Anonymous
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Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder.

Emotions Anonymous
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For individuals seeking an organization composed of groups who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. Similar to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Families Anonymous
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Families Anonymous (FA), a support group to help relatives and friends of people with alcohol, drug or emotional problems, meets every Tuesday, 7:30 PM, at First United Church, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park. Enter from the parking lot behind the Church off Kenilworth. We meet on the first floor in room #14. Meetings are free and open to all, with no religious affiliation required. We welcome visitors.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities
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Chicago’s Metropolitan Area Parent Training and Information Center.

Fred Parent Support Group
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Fred is a support group for parents of children and young adults with mental illness or severe behavioral problems including bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, autism and down syndrome. We meet in person and electronically to share resources, experience and support. Whatever you are dealing with, we‘ve been there and we understand. For more information, please contact jeandmeister@aol.com or 708-837-3055.

GLBT Survivors of Suicide
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Rachelle Jervis, Illinois Area Director (ajervis@afsp.org). Contact: 1954 1st Street Suite 150, Highland Park, IL 60035 (312) 890-AFSP (2377)

Illinois Hunger Coalition
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The Illinois Hunger Coalition seeks to alleviate and end hunger and the underlying causes through community organizing, advocating for progressive public policies, and public education.

La Leche League
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La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend the monthly Group Meetings or call a Leader for breastfeeding help. La Leche League of Illinois also provides health care professionals with continuing education opportunities and access to the latest research on lactation management.

LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide)
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Contact the LOSS Program Office at 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654 or call (312) 655-7283.

Marijuana Anonymous
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This is a fellowship of men and women who share a desire to stop using marijuana. They accomplish their goals by using the basic 12 steps of recovery founded by Alcoholics Anonymous.

Maternal Depression
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MedEdPPD.org is a Web site developed with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to provide education about postpartum depression (PPD).

Metro Family Services
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Southeast Chicago Site meets first Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm; 3062 East 91st Street, Chicago, Il 60617' RSVP to: Malinda Lee, (773)371-2941

Blue Island Site meets last Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30pm; 13136 S. Western Avenue, Blue Island, Il 60406; RSVP to: William White, (708) 974-5837

Second Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 520 S. Maple Ave., North Conference Room Facilitator: Adrian Charniak Light supper and supervised craft activity for children. To register, call 708-660-INFO (4636).

Second Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave. North Conference Room. Facilitator: Adrian Charniak, Light supper and supervised craft activity for children.

NAMI-DKK Family Support Group (Aurora)
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Provides relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. This group is led by family members that have been trained in classes provided by NAMI Illinois. The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the McDermott room, Presence Hospital in Aurora. For more information, please call Buzz Hays at (630) 761-6971.

NAMI-DKK Family Support Group (Elgin)
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Provides relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. This group is led by family members that have been trained in classes provided by NAMI Illinois. The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Mary's Room on the lower level. For more information, please call Laurie at (847) 695-7957.

NAMI-DKK Family Support Group (St. Charles)
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Provides relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. This group is led by family members that have been trained in classes provided by NAMI Illinois. The group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd. St. Charles, IL. (To get there, go west on Route 64 to Fox Mill Blvd. and turn left. The church is south of Fox Mill on the left. The entrance is on the south corner from the parking lot.) For more information, please call Lynette Niequist at (630) 584-7481.

NAMI-DKK Family Support Group (Yorkville)
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Provides relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. This group is led by family members that have been trained in classes provided by NAMI Illinois. The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Yorkville Congregational Church, 409 Center Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560. For more information, please call Carrie at (630) 779-4933.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
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A non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services
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Provides information and assistance, transportation, a caregiver support program, case management, lunch programs, and other services for seniors in Oak Park and River Forest Townships. Address is 130 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302 or call (708) 383-8060.

Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Special Education Services
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Strives to advocate for all children, providing a full range of educational services to meet the needs of a diverse student population, recognizing that the path to success is different for every child.

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
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Strives to help people with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential.

Older Adult Programs
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Provides, information and assistance, transportation, a caregiver support program, case management, and other services. For more information on our programs and services, please phone (708) 383-8060

Overeaters Anonymous
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Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.

PCC Drop-in Groups
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Sync meets every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. for Gay, Bi or Trans Men. ALAS meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. for Gay, Bi or Trans Latino Men (services in English and Spanish). Every Tuesday from 2-7 p.m. we have drop in HIV rapid testing for men who have sex with men ages 12 and up. All groups and testing are held at 22 W. Lake Street in Oak Park. For more information visit our website at dropintopcc.com or call Pocha at (312) 860-6300.

Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois
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The PPD IL Alliance was founded in 2001 by our director, as a way to provide Illinois women and their families access to support and information about postpartum depression and the ways to cope and access treatment.

Sarah’s Inn
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Comprehensive domestic violence service provider serving Oak Park, West Chicago, and the near west suburbs. Committed to ensuring a violence-free society with guaranteed rights, protection under the law and equal access to services for all women and their families.

StrengthofUs
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An online community designed to empower young adults impacted by mental health through resource sharing and peer support and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years.

Survivor of Suicide Support Group
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Contact the McHenry County Crisis Program at 1-800-892-8900. The group meets at the Northern Illinois Medical Center (Rt 31 & Bull Valley Rd, McHenry, IL) at the Main Entrance, Lower Level Women's Center Conference room on the first Thursday of every month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Survivors of Suicide
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Contact: Suicide Prevention Services Stephanie Weber, executive director (630) 482-9696 528 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL 60510

Thrive Counseling Center
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Strives to alleviate suffering and empower individuals and families of the community to live healthier and more hopeful lives by providing a range of professional mental health and community prevention services.

Youth in Care
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The GET GOAL'D Youth In Care website is intended for youth currently or formerly in substitute care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and anyone who is interested in setting, and achieving, life changing goals.

Youth Surviving Suicide Together
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Contact Diane Bright at (847) 615-1698 orjulie@cafdc.org. The group meets at The Child, Adolescent, & Family Development Center, LLC at 900 North Shore Drive, Suite 120, Lake Bluff, IL 60044 on Wednesdays from 7 - 9 p.m. Please call before attending group for a brief phone screening

AMVets
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This organization provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements. IT also offers community services that enhance the quality of life for this Nation's citizens.

Arc of Illinois
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Committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.

CASPAN: Chicago Autism SPectrum Adult and Teen Network
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This program is open to anyone who wishes to attend: teens or adults... those on the spectrum as well as family and friends (and people who just like to play games.) We'll meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm

Cocaine Anonymous of Illinois
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A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

Co-Dependents Anonymous
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A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

Emotions Anonymous
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Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Our fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally.

Equip for Equality
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Works to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities.

FADD
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This organization's mission is to reduce the alcohol-related deaths within the community.

Gamblers Anonymous
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A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.

Hearing Voices Network
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The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) USA is one of over 20 nationally-based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences. It is part of an international collaboration between professionals, people with lived experience, and their families to develop an alternative approach to coping with emotional distress that is empowering and useful to people, and does not start from the assumption that they have a chronic illness.

Illinois Centers for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
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This organization offers various services, supports and resources.

Illinois Children Mental Health Partnership
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The Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) is a statewide group of more than 250 dedicated individuals working together to provide easier access to more effective programs and services that will better meet the mental health needs of all Illinois children and their families.

Illinois Council on Problem Gambling
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This organization increases public awareness about problem gambling, provide information and resources related to treatment for compulsive gamblers and their families, promote research, and develop and implement problem gambling education and problem gambling prevention programs in the State of Illinois.

Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services
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DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.

LETS - Let's Erase the Stigma
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LETS Educational Foundation is saving kids today from tomorrow by ERASING the stigma of mental illness. We're a charity for children and a positive force for early education and prevention that saves kids today from tomorrow's issues: issues like bullying, teen suicide, eating disorders, depression, cutting and self-harm, substance abuse, and the fear of talking to adults about things that matter. Ignoring these topics due to fear of stigma isn't helpful, but LETS can help!

Mental Health America of Illinois
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Dedicated to promoting mental health, working for the prevention of mental illnesses and improving care and treatment for persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders.

NACoA, Just 4 kids
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This resource is devoted to helping kids who are affected by substance use in their homes or families. The resource is sponsored by NACoA, which works on behalf of children of alcohol-and drug-dependent parents.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Illinois
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A state-wide organization comprised of local Illinois Affiliates dedicated to the task of eradicating mental illness and improving the lives of persons with mental illness and their families.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
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Resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, State, and Federal Agencies. These groups provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, and legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

National Eating Disorders Association
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NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS), The
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Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/ Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).

Swords to Plowshares
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This group promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities.

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization, Inc. - International
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Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step, twelve tradition programs of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home. They meet with each other in a mutually respectful safe environment and acknowledge their common experience. They discover how childhood affected them in the past and influences them in the present. They take positive action. By practicing the twelve Steps, focusing on the solution and accepting a loving higher power of our understanding, they find freedom from the past and way to improve their lives today.

Al-Anon/Alateen
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For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people... alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship.

Alcoholics Anonymous
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A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Alzheimer's Association
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Seeks to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

American Association of People with Disabilities
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A cross-disability member organization dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives in 2010 -- each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. They are investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work. They are also expanding their assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention.

American Lung Association
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Seeks to prevent lung disease and promote lung health through education programs, smoking control and prevention, and environmental advocacy.

American Society of Addiction Medicine
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Seeks to increase access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment. ASAM educates physicians, medical and osteopathic students, and the public as well as promotes research and prevention.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
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ADA statute, regulations and federally reviewed tech sheets plus links to related sites.

Arc, The
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The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.

Autism Society of America
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Provides information and referral for families dealing with autism. Connects 20,000 members through a working network of over 200 chapters in nearly every state.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
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A nonprofit legal-advocacy organization dedicated to the principle that every individual is entitled to choice and dignity. Goals include community membership; self-determination and choice; ending the punishment of mental-health consumers for the system’s failures; and preserving protections and entitlements.

Because I Love You Support Group
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A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parents with troubled children of any age, and promotes structure, consequences and consistency in raising kids.

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

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
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Provides national leadership in the development of policies, programs and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, to prevent underage alcohol and tobacco use, and to reduce the negative consequences of using substances.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
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Promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them. CSAT works with States and community-based groups to improve and expand existing substance abuse treatment services under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program. CSAT also supports SAMHSA’s free treatment referral service to link people with the community-based substance abuse services they need.

Child Welfare League of America
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An association of 1,000 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.

Children of Alcoholics Foundation
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A national nonprofit organization that provides a range of educational materials and services to help professionals, children and adults break the intergenerational cycle of parental substance abuse.

Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America
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Seeks to build and strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities. The organization supports its members with technical assistance and training, public policy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences and special events.

Consumer Center for Health, Education, and Advocacy
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Helps low-income residents of San Diego County navigate the ever changing health care system to access care and obtain and/or maintain eligibility for government benefit health programs including but not limited to Medi-Cal, Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid Expansion/Low Income Health Plan (LIHP) and County Medical Services. This is accomplished through individual and substantive advocacy, providing trainings and developing community partnerships. As the County-designated Patients Rights Advocate for outpatient specialty mental health services, the Consumer Center is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints, grievances and appeals. Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. 1764 San Diego Avenue, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92110, 1-877-734-3258

Crystal Meth Anonymous
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Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom all drugs, specifically Crystal Meth, have become a problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stay clean and lead a sober life.

Drug Policy Alliance
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The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.

Dual Diagnosis Website
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Provides information and resources for service providers, consumers, and family members who are seeking assistance andor education in this field.

Dual Recovery Anonymous
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A 12 Step self-help program that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. The DRA program helps people recover from both their chemical dependencies and their emotional or psychiatric illnesses by focusing on relapse prevention and actively improving the quality of their lives.

Faces and Voices of Recovery
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A national campaign of individuals and organizations joining together to advocate for public action to deliver the power, possibility and proof of recovery. Faces & Voices of Recovery supports local recovery advocacy by increasing access to research, policy, organizing and technical support; facilitating relationships among local and regional groups; improving access to policymakers and the media; and providing a national rallying point for recovery advocates.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
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Strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Gift from Within
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A nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals.

GLBT National Help Center
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Providdes free and confidential telephone and emial peer counseling, information and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendcer and questioning callers throughout the United States.

Hazelden
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Helps more people sustain lifelong recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and accomplishes this through a commitment to treatment, publishing, education, research, public advocacy and shared learning with other organizations.

Healthy Minds
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This consumer-oriented Web site seeks to inform and educate the public about mental health treatment and resources. The site features many common mental health concerns, treatment options and prevention measures.

Institute for Recovery and Community Integration
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Works to introduce and advance communities' understanding of recovery and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner.

Join Together
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Provides information, strategic planning assistance, and leadership development for community-based efforts to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment.

Mental Health America
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Nonprofit organization addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness through more than 340 affiliates nationwide. MHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

NAPAFASA National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
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A private, non-profit, 501 (c ) (3) membership organization dedicated to addressing the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations on the continental U.S. Hawaii, the six Pacific Island jurisdictions and elsewhere. Founding in 1988, NAPAFASA involves service providers, families and youth in efforts to reach API communities to promote health and social justice and to reduce substance abuse and related problems.

Nar-Anon Family Group
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Nar-Anon Family Group is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of a family member or friend. The program, which is not a religious one but a spiritual way of life, is based on the 12 suggested steps of Narcotics Anonymous. Working with these steps will bring the solution to practically any problem.

Narcotics Anonymous
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provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program.

National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT)
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A non-profit organization with the mission to educate the public about the disease of opioid addiction and the buprenorphine treatment option; help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with patients with addiction disorders; and serve as a conduit connecting patients in need of treatment to qualified treatment providers.

National Alliance of Methadone Advocates (NAMA)
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An organization composed of methadone patients and health care professionals who are supporters of quality opiate agonist treatment. NAMA has thousands of members worldwide with a network of international affiliated organizations and chapters in many places in the United States. Its primary objective is to advocate for the patient in treatment by destigmatizing and empowering methadone patients. First and foremost, NAMA confronts the negative stereotypes that impact on the self-esteem and worth of many methadone patients with a powerful affirmation of pride and unity

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
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A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
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Represents almost 200 not-for-profit and for-profit providers (free standing and hospital based programs, which offer a full continuum of care from outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation regimes. Acts as the voice of private alcoholism and drug dependency treatment programs throughout the U.S.

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
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A membership organization of 1,700 behavioral health providers that advocates for public policies that ensure that people who are ill can access comprehensive healthcare services. They offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement resources so that services are efficient and effective.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
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A voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the Nation’s #1 health problem – alcoholism and drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities.

National Empowerment Center
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A consumer/survivor/expatient-run organization that carries the message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
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Through a family and youth driven approach, children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed supports and services so that children grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas, coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues, collaborating with organizations engaged in alcohol-related work and translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
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Conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Offers separate sections designed for researchers and health professionals; teachers and parents; and students.

National Institute on Mental Health
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The largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

National Latino Behavioral Health Association
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Provides national leadership for the advancement of Latino behavioral health services and seeks to reduce the disparities that exist in areas of access, utilization, practice based research and adequately trained personnel.

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

National Organization on Disability
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Helps people with disabilities participate equally in a variety of basic life activities such as employment and income, education, community participation and socialization, transportation, political participation, health care, religious participation, and use of technology.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is a non-profit organization that strives to create a global community free of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and a society supportive of individuals already living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). NOFAS increases public awareness and mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities and represents the interests of persons with FASD and their caregivers as the liaison to researchers and policymakers. By ensuring that FASD is broadly recognized as a developmental disability, NOFAS strives to reduce the stigma and improve the quality of life for affected individuals and families.

National Youth Leadership Network
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The National Youth Leadership Network promotes leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among young leaders representing the diversity of race, ethnicity and disability in the United States. They also foster the inclusion of young leaders with disabilities into all aspects of society at national, state and local levels and communicate about issues important to youth with disabilities and the policies and practices that affect their lives.

Nicotine Anonymous
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Nonprofit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine.

Office of National Drug Control Policy
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Establishes policies, priorities, and objectives for the nation's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS), The
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Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/ Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
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Promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

QuitNet - Quit All Together
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Provides comprehensive smoking cessation resources, counseling, and community support for people trying to give up smoking.

Regional Resource and Federal Centers (RRFC) Network
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Assists state education agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. These centers offer consultation, information services, technical assistance, training, and product development.

Section 8 Made Simple
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A guide to the federally funded Housing Choice Voucher Program. Section 8 provides housing assistance to low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. The guide, written by the Technical Assistance Collaborative, offers comprehensive information on Section 8, including updated info on the Homeownership Program.

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery
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SMART Recover is the leading Self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for recover support group. Out participants learn tools for recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering science based mutual help groups.

Smokefree.gov
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Provides an online step-by-step cessation guide; local and state telephone quitlines; National Cancer Institute's national telephone quitline and instant messaging services and publications which can be downloaded, printed or ordered.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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Offers legislative information, mental health services, addiction treatment, prevention, statistics and data, workplace resources and policy issues.

TASH
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An international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH supports the inclusion and full participation of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of their communities as determined by personalized visions of quality of life.

Tourette Association of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter
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Supports individuals and families living with Tourette Syndrome through education and public awareness in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

Treatment Advocacy Center
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A national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and clinical barriers to timely and humane treatment for millions of Americans with severe brain disorders who are not receiving appropriate medical care. The center serves as a catalyst to achieve proper balance in judicial and legislative decisions that affect the lives of persons with serious brain disorders.

U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA)
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An organization of psychosocial rehabilitation agencies, practitioners, and interested organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting, supporting and strengthening community-oriented rehabilitation services and resources for persons with psychiatric dis­abilities.

 
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