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Links of Interest

Mental Health
National Institute of Mental Health - NIMH, part of the National Institutes of Health
Association for Psychological Science
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
The Madness Group - a family of electronic services for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill - NAMI - The Nation's Voice on Mental Illness
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
Mental Health America
National Council for Behavioral Health
New England Journal of Medicine Online
Yahoo Internet Mental Health Directory
American Psychiatric Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
American Psychological Association
National Tourette Syndrome Association
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General - A comprehensive report on the status of mental illness and services in United States
Pennsylvania Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) - Principles for building a comprehensive mental health system for children and adolescents
Internet Mental Health  - encyclopedia describing mental illnesses, treatment, medications and research. Mental Health - with original feature articles on mental health issues.
Behavior OnLine - gathering place for mental health and applied behavioral science professionals.
CyberCouch, The - information and support about mental health and illness. - community of people providing mental health information and support. Includes chats and bulletin boards.
Interactive Counseling Community - meeting place for professional counselors and the public. Features chat, discussions, event calendar, services, and career resources.
Mental Health Matters - general information and current news on mental health issues. Special focus on schizophrenia.
Mixed Nuts - chat and bulletin board offering support for people recovering from, and living with, mental illnesses.
Choices in Recovery
Pope, Ken PhD - abstracts and articles; tables of research data; announcements; and resources for therapists and counselors, including training, ethics, malpractice, sex abuse, psychological science, forensic assessment.
Wounded Healer Journal, The - support and connectivity for psychotherapists and other survivors of trauma and abuse. Chat room, bulletin board, and professional networking.
Wellplace - Personal and professional wellness resources.
DPW Regulations Chapter 5310. Community Residential Rehabilitation Services for the Mentally Ill (View pdf)
DPW Regulations Chapter 1241. Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program (View pdf)
DPW Regulations Chapter 1247. Targeted Case Management Services (View pdf)
Intellectual Disabilities
Connecticut Department of Developmental Services - State of Connecticut
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
The ARC of the United States
National Rehabilitation Information Center - Serving the Nation's Disability Community
National Association of Down Syndrome
Human Services Research Institute - HSRI
Waisman Center - A research center on developmental disabilities
State of the States in Developmental Disabilities
DPW Regulations Chapter 6400. Community Homes for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (View pdf)
DPW Regulations Chapter 6500. Family Living Homes (View pdf)
DPW Regulations Chapter 6600. Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (View pdf)
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
Pennsylvania's Illegal Institutionalization of More Than 1,200 People with Intellectual Disabilities Challenged – Lawsuit Filed on 10th Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision to Ban Unnecessary Segregation of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Autism Research
The Autism Research Foundation 
Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic & Research - Site contains separate topic areas covering autism, Rett's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
EPSA Research
University of Illinois at Chicago: Laboratory for Developmental Neuroscience - Contains research publications and descriptions of current projects.
Medline Plus Autism  - This National Library of Medicine web site includes government resources, overviews in English and Spanish, a built-in Medline search on autism, and sections covering basic science and research, news, and clinical trials.
U.C. Davis M.I.N.D. Institute - Site of this interdisciplinary research facility contains sections devoted to news and events, research and clinical programs, education, and web resources.
Self Determination
KHS Self Determination Resource Page
Supported Life Institute
Self Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania
Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Project Summaries
California proposal - Allen & Shea Associates 
Connecticut Self Determination Project Summary
Maryland Self Determination Project Summary
Vela Micro Boards - Family and friends join together with a person with challenges to create a non-profit society
The Right to Self Determination for Native and Indigenous People
Self Determination - Self Determination as an expression of engagement by John J. McGee includes resources on Gentle Teaching.
Olmstead Decision
Olmstead v. L. C. Decision - Supreme Court of the United States Olmstead, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Human Resources ET al V, L.C.
Legal Information Institute - Online library of Supreme Court decisions
Housing and Home Ownership
Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities
Supportive Housing
Homeownership Vouchers
Disability Rights
ADAPT - American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today.
The Inclusion Daily Express
Estate Planning
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Estate Planning Links.Com
The Non-Profit Sector
Guidestar - The Donor's Guide to the Charitable Universe.
Guidestar - Keystone Service Systems
AARP  - American Association of Retired Persons.
Women, Children, & Family Service - Charities of America.
National Center for Charitable Statistics
The Urban Institute - Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy.
The Nonprofit Resource Center
The Profitization of Social Services   - Catholic Charities
The Independent Sector
United Way of the Capital Region
Families USA - The Voice for Health Care Consumers.
Family Voices - Family and Friends Speaking on Behalf of Children with Special Health Care Needs.
Inteli Health - Care Giver's Health 
Harvard Family Research Project
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania - Linking families and friends of children and adults with special needs
Resources for Care Givers
Inteli Health - Care Giver's Health
Direct Support Professionals
The College of Direct Support Professionals - An online training and education resource for direct support professionals.
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) - NADSP is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to strengthening the quality of human service support by strengthening the direct support workforce.
Self Advocacy
NIAD Art Center - An art program for people with developmental disabilities
First Person
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association
Self Advocate Leadership Network
Partners in Policy Making - Leadership training program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with disabilities
People First of Tennessee Self advocates in Tennessee bring a class action suit against the State
Inclusion Daily Express - Covering all aspects of community living--employment, advocacy, play, inclusive education, funding, laws, family, safety, assistive technology and more!
Society for Disability Studies - a nonprofit scientific and educational organization established to promote interdisciplinary research on humanistic and social scientific aspects of disability and chronic illness.
Ragged Edge Magazine Online
Center for Effective Collaboration & Practice CECP - An outstanding resource
National Organization on Disability - "Promotes full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women, and children with disabilities in all aspects of life."
Disability Resources on the Internet
World Association of Persons with Disabilities
Central Web Directory - A very extensive collection of links on disability issues
The Unification of Stephen Hawking
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities  - A coalition of  100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
ADAPT - Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today
Cerebral Palsy Guide - A national organization that helps families and individuals affected by cerebral palsy. They share information about therapies and treatment, the causes of CP and support for those with this disorder.
Developmental Disabilities
Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
National Organization on Disability - "Promotes full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women, and children with disabilities in all aspects of life."
Developmental Disabilities Resource Center - Developmental Disabilities Sites of the StatesAn unofficial guide to State Developmental Disabilities Agency sites
Quality Mall - Person Centered Services and resources supporting people with developmental disabilities encourages innovation and best practices.
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) - RTC is part of the Institute on Community Integration,  in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. The RTC focuses on community supports for persons with developmental disabilities and their families; providing research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance activities in several areas.
Head Start
Pennsylvania Head Start Association
National Head Start Association
Coordinated Services
Community Partnerships
Harvard Family Research Project
Comer School Development Program
Medications - General
National Library of Medicine
School Mental Health Project
History of Disability
The Eugenics Archive - The historical basis of marginalization of vulnerable people
Pictures of Abandoned Pennhurst
Disability Social History Project
The History of Idiocy
Murder of the Handicapped
The Helen Keller Archival Collection
The History of National Easter Seals
Nazis, Eugenics, and the T-4 Program
People First of Tennessee - Self advocates in Tennessee bring a class action suit against the State
Eastern State Penitentiary - Information the historic prison located in Center City Philadelphia which is now open as a museum.
Children's Advocacy Welfare
American Public Human Services Association
Action Alliance for Children _ A California-based, nonprofit providing information on trends and policy issues affecting children and their families.
American Academy of Pediatrics - A membership organization committed to the attainment of physical, mental, and social health for all infants, children and adolescents.
Bread for the World - A nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people.
Catholic Charities - The  nation's largest private network of independent social service agencies, working to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - A nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.
Charles Stuart Mott Foundation - Funds efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society.
The Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare
Center for the Future of Children
Child Welfare Home Page
Children Now - A nonpartisan, voice for children, working to translate the nation's commitment to children and families into action.
Children's Defense Fund - Working to ensure that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
Children's Institute International, a private, nonprofit organization, is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and strengthening the family through the provision of child abuse prevention and treatment services for high-need, low-resource families, as well as through professional training, research, and advocacy.
Children, Youth and Family Consortium Electronic Clearinghouse was designed by the University of Minnesota to serve as an electronic bridge to information and resources on children, youths, and families.
Child Trends, Inc., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that conducts basic research and evaluation studies in several critical areas: teenage pregnancy and childbearing, the effects of welfare and poverty on children, issues related to parenting, family structure, and family processes, including fatherhood and male fertility.
Children, Youth and Family Electronic Clearinghouse at the University of Minnesota
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted entirely to the well-being of America's vulnerable children and their families.
Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families advocates for social policies and programs that support Asian American children and families.
Common Cause is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizens' lobbying organization that works to promote open, honest and accountable government and represents a unified voice of the people against corruption in government and "big money" special interests.
Connecticut Voices for Children
Sesame Workshop is a fun and informative Web site for parents and children. It provides information on children's activities, behavior and discipline, child development, education, health and safety, and more.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation - The future of children
Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans.
Family Voices is a national, grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs.
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.
HandsNet promotes information sharing, cross-sector collaboration and advocacy among individuals and organizations working on a broad range of public interest issues.
Human Rights USA strives to educate people in the United States about their human rights and encourages community-based action.
Idealist, a project of Action Without Borders, is an interactive system that enables nonprofit or community organizations to enter and update detailed information about its services, volunteer opportunities, internships, job openings, upcoming events, and publications.
@InsideHealthCare is an online information service offering news, directories, search engines, business research tools, funding sources, organizations, and publications relating to health care.
Just Think Foundation - A nonprofit organization that works with students, teachers, parents, and the entertainment industry to promote literacy for the 21st century.
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse at Florida State University is a one-stop Web site for information about the juvenile justice system, programs for at-risk youth, and related employment opportunities.
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
National Association of Social Workers
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) leads and consolidates the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children. Primary attention is devoted to assuring the provision of high-quality early childhood programs for young children.
National Black Child Development Institute
National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy works to prevent teen pregnancy by supporting values and stimulating actions that are consistent with a pregnancy-free adolescence. Its goal is to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by one-third by the year 2005.
National Center for Children in Poverty identifies and promote strategies that reduce the number of young children living in poverty in the United States and that improve the life chances of the millions of children under age 6 who are growing up poor. - Your official source for all U.S. government child care information
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect
National Coalition for the Homeless is a national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers, and others committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and technical assistance.
National Dropout Prevention Network provides linkages to and among educators, communities, researchers, parents, and the private sector to find solutions to the common goal of preventing and recovering dropouts.
National Health Law Program, Inc. A national public interest law firm seeking to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
100% Campaign is an effort coordinated by CDF, Children Now, and the Children's Partnerships to ensure that all of California's children obtain the health coverage they need to grow up healthy and strong.
Parent's Television Council, a project of the Media Research Center, works to bring America's demand for positive, family-oriented television programming to the entertainment industry.
School-Age NOTES is a national resource organization that develops and provides information, technical assistance, and resources concerning children and youth in out-of-school settings both before and after school and during vacations.
Search Institute
Stand For Children, an affiliate of CDF, encourages individuals to improve children's lives. Its mission is to identify, train, and connect local children's activists engaging in advocacy, awareness-raising, and service initiatives on an ongoing basis as part of Stand For Children chapters.
Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic, social, and policy research organization, investigates the social and economic problems confronting the nation and analyzes efforts to solve these problems.
WGBH's "Between the Lions" is a new television program, geared toward children ages 4 to 7, that uses music, stories, animation, and live action to promote and teach reading. The series airs on PBS stations across the country.
World Hunger Year Resource Guide promotes self-reliance, food security, and economic justice through research and education for policy makers, the media, and the public and through collaboration with and support for grassroots organizations.
Welfare Information Network
Zero to Three is a national nonprofit founded by leading pediatricians, child development specialists and researchers in 1977 to promote the healthy social, emotional and intellectual development of babies and toddlers.
Research and Data Resources
Administration for Children and Families
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Census Bureau
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Education Statistics
Social Security Administration
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
USDA Center for Nutition Policy and Promotion
Urban Institute's "Assessing the New Federalism" State Database
Keystone Human Services International
“Once You Enter, You Never Leave” – Deinstitutionalization of Persons with Intellectual or Mental Disabilities in Croatia
International Human Rights Adoption
The Office of Children's Issues - US Department of State
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption - Non Profit adoption resources
Human Rights Watch - Dedicated to protecting human rights around the world
Soros Foundations Network - Foundation support for projects in Eastern Europe - Links to orphanages around the world
Adoption Services - Lutheran Social Services - Information on international adoption
CRY - Care & Relief For the Young - Caring for needy children around the world
Heart of Hope Ministries International - Christian support for children of Romania
Immigration & Naturalization Service - General immigration information
Rainbow - A Online International Adoption Publication
World Institute on Disability - International public policy center on disability
Children's Relief Network - NBC Dateline, hope for the children of Romania
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