Below are some links where you can find advocacy information and other resources that you may find helpful. We have broken them down into national, state and local areas.
(Please note: We are familiar with all of these sites but we cannot vouch for the accuracy of their information.)
Mental Health America www.nmha.org
A nonprofit organization with over 340 affiliates working to improve the mental health of all Americans through advocacy, education, research and service.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law www.bazelon.org
A nonprofit, legal advocacy organization working to advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental disorders.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) www.nami.org
A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization comprised of family members and consumers.
ADS Center www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov
A resource center designed to promote acceptance, dignity and social inclusion associated with mental health. It is run by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
National Institute of Mental Health http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
A Federal agency that performs research on mental illness and provides information.
National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse www.mhselfhelp.org
A consumer-run technical assistance center servicing the mental health consumer movement.
Mental Health Association in New York State www.mhanys.org
A nonprofit statewide association with over thirty-two local affiliates throughout New York State providing services and advocacy. The MHA of Nassau County is an affiliate of MHANYS.
New York State Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation www.nyaprs.org
A statewide coalition of people who use and/or provide recovery-oriented, community-based services including advocacy, education/training and programs.
Families Together in New York State www.ftnys.org
A parent run organization ensuring that every family who has a child with a serious emotional disturbance has access to needed information, support and services.
NAMI – New York State www.naminys.org
(a/k/a National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of New York State)
A grassroots organization of families and friends of people with mental illnesses. They provide mutual support, advocacy, and self-help groups and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with serious mental illnesses.
The New York State Commission on Quality of Care www.cqc.state.ny.us
A State run agency providing independent oversight of the quality and cost effectiveness of services provided by all mental hygiene programs in New York.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
The PAIMI program was established to protect the statutory and constitutional rights of people with serious mental illnesses who are in a treatment facility and/or residential program, or people who have a problem that arose within 90 days of discharge from a residential facility.
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services www.nslawservices.org
They provide free civil, legal services to the poor. They also run a program called the Mental Health Law Project for eligible people with a history of psychiatric illness focusing on the areas of housing, public benefits and healthcare.
Health and Welfare Council of Long Island www.hwcli.com
A nonprofit health and human services, research/public education and advocacy organization that serves as the umbrella for public and voluntary agencies serving the needs of vulnerable families and individuals.
Mental Health Association of Suffolk County www.mhasuffolk.org
A nonprofit agency that is dedicated to promoting mental health, improving the availability and quality of services, and providing information in Suffolk County.
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST:
Kathleen Sciacca Dual Diagnosis Website: http://pobox.com/~dualdiagnosis