Resources and links to websites to help families obtain mental health treatment, including State and local examples.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Provides factsheets to help families and professionals select a child or adolescent psychiatrist. Includes a searchable database for locating psychiatric help.
Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families
Maternal and Child Health Library
Helps service providers and families find available national, State, and local resources that can address child and family needs in areas such as education, health, mental health, family support, parenting, child care, and financial support.
Connecting Youth in Foster Care With Needed Mental Health Services: Lessons From Research on Help-Seeking
Unrau, Conrady-Brown, Zosky, & Grinnell (2006)
Examines how adolescents seek out help for their mental health problems by providing an overview of the research from the health and social service literature.
Consent and Participation: Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Children in Out-of-Home Care
Molin & Palmer
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75, 2005
Explores some of the questions and ethical issues that mental health service providers confront when providing out-of-home care. These include issues dealing with informed consent and the treatment of children in state custody.
A Family Guide: Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know About Evidence-based Practices (PDF - 592 KB)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (2007)
Designed to inform families about evidence-based practices in children's mental health and to share information on an array of treatment and support options.
Mental Health America
Provides tips on where to find help, how to pay for care, recovery information, and types of treatment.
The Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities: What You Need to Know to Give the Child You are Raising a Fair Start (PDF - 430 KB)
Children's Defense Fund (2002)
Provides information for grandparents and caregivers on how to access services for children with disabilities.
Making the Most of Your Child's Mental Health Services
Berry & Young (2003)
Presents information on mental health services for children with mental, emotional, or behavioral challenges.
Rural Assistance Center (2007)
Includes a list of frequently asked questions on finding and accessing mental health treatments and services.
Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care: Review of Research Literature (PDF - 278 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2006)
Summarizes the major findings gleaned from the literature, and outlines the challenges and implications for those steps that have the potential to improve mental health care for at-risk youth.
Adoption Mental Health Directory
Kansas Children's Service League (2003)
Provides a county-based listing of adoption-competent mental health providers in the State of Kansas, including information on how to select a therapist.
A Competency Model for Lead Case Managers in Integrated Case Management
University of Southern Maine Institute for Public Sector Innovation (2000)
Provides a competency model for lead case workers as part of the implementation of the State Integrated Case Management initiative. The integration initiatives were intended to coordinate services between various State of Maine agencies and departments.
The Lifelines for Kids Project: Final Evaluation Report
Wallen & Riley (2004)
Describes a project implemented by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) in Maryland to alleviate the emotional and behavior problems of children involved in concurrent planning.
Smooth Sailing on System Seas: A Guide to the Education and Mental Health Systems in Arizona for Adoptive and Guardianship Families
Arizona's Children Association (2001)
Includes a list of frequently asked questions to help adoptive parents in the State of Arizona obtain mental health services within the educational system.