Health/Mental Health Issues
Organizations that provide information and services that support physical and mental health of children and families. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov. Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
The Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) is a member-based interest group which provides an educational forum for the discussion of problems with treatments relating to child abuse and neglect and its prevention. For more information, visit http://www2.aap.org/sections/childabuseneglect/.
The AAP's Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect is concerned with issues relating to the physical, sexual, and mental abuse and neglect of children, adolescents, and their families. The committee develops appropriate policy recommendations and serves as a liaison with other organizations concerned with the health and well-being of children and their families.
Education Specific: The Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP The Curriculum®) provides pediatric professionals a way to complete their continuing medical education credits and to study for the Pediatric Maintenance of Certification. For additional information, see http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Committees-Councils-Sections/Section-on-young-physicians/Pages/PREP.aspx.
The PREP: CAP (Pediatrics Review Education Program: Child Abuse Pediatrics) provides child abuse specialists, general pediatricians, other physicians, and allied health professionals with an intensive review and update of topics in child abuse pediatrics and enables participants to apply child abuse updates and case presentations readily in their own practice settings.
Other training resources include but are not limited to the Advanced Pediatric Life Support (ALPS) curriculum. ALPS presents the information physicians need to assess and care for critically ill and injured children during the first few hours in the emergency department or office-based setting. For more information, see http://www.aplsonline.com/.
The Healthy Children website offers tips and training for parents on a variety of issues such as safety and injury prevention, mental health, and child development. For more information, see http://www.healthychildren.org/.
CPTS has recently received additional funding by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to further its work in preventing and treating medical traumatic stress in healthcare settings.
CCAN is a university-based center that directs research, professional and public education, clinical services, and administrative programs in the field of child maltreatment.
Training Specific: The CCAN provides training in the area of child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment through its Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) in Child Abuse and Neglect. For more information, see http://www.oumedicine.com/pediatrics/department-sections/developmental-behavioral-pediatrics/center-on-child-abuse-and-neglect/training.
In addition to information about both medicare and medicaid programs, CMS also provides information on SCHIP, research, statistics, data & systems, outreach & education, regulations & guidance, resources and tools, and more.
Training Specific: The Chadwick Center offers accredited Professional Education to those involved in fields of prevention, investigation, diagnosis, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse and family violence.
Major educational activities include the annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment (http://www.sandiegoconference.org/), the Clinical Training Program for visiting professionals, the weekly multidisciplinary Child Protection Team Case Conference, and various local, county, and state trainings funded through contracts.
The Center has 4 primary goals: to extend an existing interdisciplinary research program, to provide technical assistance to mental health professionals and families, to disseminate research findings, and to provide advanced mentoring to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.
HFCA addresses a wide range of health issues and needs of children and youth in foster care, provides resources on health systems of care, and makes available a Resource Library that links to other resources related to the health and well-being of children and youth in foster care.
Training Specific: Kempe provides advanced training for front-line professionals who will subsequently become child abuse and neglect experts in their communities. Examples of trainings offered include:
- Training Opportunities through the Colorado Department of Human Services;
- Perpetration Prevention Training;
- Treatment of Sexually Abusive Youth: A Goal Oriented Approach.
KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
To search for information by audience, by type of illness or disorder, and treatment option(s) see http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/information/get-info.
The NAHIC was established with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is based within the University of California, San Francisco’s Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Institute for Health Policy Studies.
NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates, and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs.
Major support for the Center comes from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
NCTIC facilitates the adoption of trauma-informed environments in the delivery of a broad range of services including mental health, substance use, housing, vocational or employment support, domestic violence and victim assistance, and peer support.
NCTIC is a technical assistance center within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Training Specific: The Online Training Center contains three training modules: the Period of PURPLE Crying® program overview, Basic Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS/AHT) education, and Intermediate Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS/AHT) education.
The NCTSN is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through a Congressional initiative, the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. The NCTSN is jointly coordinated by UCLA and Duke University.
The NCVC offers a variety of specialized, evidence-based assessment, intervention, and treatment services to victims of violent crime and their families, as well as victims of other forms of trauma, such as natural disasters. In addition, the NCVC conducts research focused on investigating the impact of criminal victimization and trauma on adults, children, and their families.
The National Pediatric and Family HIV Resource Center is supported, in part, by the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition, the TA Center assists States and communities in building systems of care and providing technical assistance through research, training programs, peer-to-peer consultation, and publications.
The TA Center is funded and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Mental Health Services, the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, and the Special Programs Development Branch. Other funding sources include the Federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
OMH programs address disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services, and barriers to health care.
One of the areas of work for the Pew involves Children and Youth. The Pew supports initiatives, grounded in research and evidence, that aim to help children and youth become active, contributing members of society.
At the national level, Pew addresses issues that impact the lives of children, including foster care reform, home visiting, health and dental needs, and educational programs.
The FASD Center is a Federal initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
SAMHSA is a program within the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Training Specific: The Institute offers training programs in child/adolescent trauma assessment, management, and treatment, for mental health professionals and others. For more information, see
Online Learning provides access to current knowledge and practical skills needed to work in systems serving the mental health needs of children, youth, and their families. Courses are taught by national experts in children's mental health and related fields. Learning opportunities are grounded in principles of family-driven, youth-guided, culturally and linguistically competent care.
The development of this program has been supported through CFS, the Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, and the Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.