National Mental Health Organizations

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization.  It is a medical specialty society representing more than 36,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual developmental disorders and substance use disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.

American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is the leader in education, training, and research for anxiety and stress-related disorders. The ADAA promotes professional and public awareness of anxiety and related disorders and their impact on people’s lives; encourages the advancement of scientific knowledge about causes and treatment of anxiety and related disorders; links people who need treatment with the health care professionals who provide it; helps people find appropriate treatment and develop self-help skills; and works to reduce the stigma surrounding anxiety and related disorders.

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHD)
NACBHDD is the only national voice for county and local behavioral health and developmental disability authorities in Washington, DC. Through education, policy analysis, and advocacy, NACBHDD brings the unique perspective of our members to Congress and the Executive Branch and promotes national policies that recognize and support the critical role counties play in caring for people affected by mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities. NACBHDD is also an active partner in efforts to improve access to, funding for, and quality of behavioral health services, especially those that serve the most vulnerable in our communities. Key issues include: protecting Medicaid coverage, ending the stigma of mental illness, better treatment for veterans, achieving parity in insurance coverage for behavioral health care, affordable housing and vocational training for those with mental illness or developmental disabilities, and many more.

National Association of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils (NAMHPAC)
NAMHPAC provides technical support, opportunities for people to share information and ideas across states, and a national voice on mental health planning issues. The people active in NAMHPAC and a small part-time staff write resource materials, organize trainings, and assist each other through telephone, fax and e-mail technical assistance. NAMHPAC provides support, policy development, knowledge products, and technical assistance to the nation’s State-based mental health planning and advisory councils. NAMHPAC is a non-profit organization whose membership is nation-wide and includes members form each State and Territory mental health planning council.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) represents the public mental health service delivery system in all 50 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD is the only national association that represents state mental health commissioners/directors and their agencies. NASMHPD informs its members on current and emerging public policy issues, educates on research findings and best practices, provides consultation and technical assistance, collaborates with key stakeholders, and facilitates state to state sharing.

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is the unifying voice of America’s behavioral health organizations. Together with our 1,950 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 6 million adults and children with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to providing comprehensive, quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life. The National Council advocates for public policies in mental and behavioral health that ensure that people who are ill can access comprehensive healthcare services. And we offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement resources so that services are efficient and effective.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis. Mental Health America advances its mission by: educating the public about ways to preserve and strengthen its mental health; fighting for access to effective care and an end to discrimination against people with mental and addictive disorders; fostering innovation in research, practice, services and policy; and providing support to the 60+ million individuals and families living with mental health and substance use problems.

National Resource Center for Psychiatric Advance Directives (NRC-PAD)
The National Resource Center for Psychiatric Advance Directives provides comprehensive information on psychiatric advance directives, legal documents that people with mental illnesses can create to specify, in advance, their preferred course of treatment if they should experience a mental health crisis.  The website provides a state-by-state breakdown of relevant statutes and listings of local resources for patients and families, discussion forums, answers to frequently asked questions, testimonials from people who have used PADs, and information on the latest research findings concerning mental health issues.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. In order to achieve this mission, SAMHSA has identified 8 Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities (prevention of substance abuse and mental illness; trauma and justice; military families; recovery support; health reform; health information technology; data, outcomes, and quality; and public awareness and support).

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