Child welfare professionals may refer children and families to a variety of community-based mental health or substance use treatment programs and services. More than one form of treatment may often be recommended for a child and family, especially when there is a history of individual and familial trauma. This section provides links to websites that can help families obtain local treatment services throughout the United States.
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Provides a search function for persons seeking local treatment facilities for mental and behavioral health issues in the United States. This resource also includes a 24-hour toll-free hotline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), that confidentially provides information about treatment referrals.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Includes a searchable database for locating psychiatric help.
Diversity and Culture in Child Mental Health Care
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology (2019)
Guides parents through identifying and evaluating the cultural competency of mental health-care providers.
Family-Based Residential Treatment: Directory of Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs for Parents With Children
Wilder Research & Volunteers of America (2019)
Provides contact information and additional details about programs serving parents and children in residential treatment together.
Find Health Care
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service
Identifies local health services at Indian Health Service, Tribal, or Urban Indian Health Program facilities.
Finding and Working with Adoption-Competent Therapists
Mental Health America
Shares tips on where to find help, how to pay for care, recovery information, and types of treatment.
Provides links to resources for addressing common mental health issues.
State Behavioral and Wellness Resources for Children and Families
What Mental Health Services Are Provided by Your State?
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides State-specific information on behavioral health and mental health services available to families after adoption from Information Gateway's Adoption Assistance by State database.