Helpful Links

Helpful Resources/Links

Advocacy, Developmental Disabilities, Funding, HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, Substance Abuse:

  • Association for Community Living (ACL).  Statewide membership organization of not-for-profit agencies that provide housing and rehabilitation services to over 20,000 people diagnosed with serious and persistent psychiatric disorders.
  • The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies.  Advocacy organization of New York’s behavioral health community representing over 100 non-profit, community based behavioral health agencies that serve more than 350,000 clients in the five boroughs of NYC.
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing.  Provides advocacy, expertise, leadership, and financial resources to make it easier to create and operate supportive housing. They help communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Department of Health – NY State AIDS Institute.  The AIDS Institute provides leadership to alleviate the human toll of the HIV/AIDS epidemic through programs, policies and partnerships that exemplify compassion and empower individuals, communities and institutions.
  • GMHC: Gay Men’s Health Crisis.  GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Their mission is to fight to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
  • Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc.  Organization comprised of voluntary service providers supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in the greater metro-New York area.  IAC represents over 120 member agencies and organizations helping 90,000 individuals and their families in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties. www.iacny
  • Mental Health America. A leading national nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.
  • Mental Health Association of New York City.  Provides advocacy and education, with roots in NYC, but growing demand for services outside the City.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro). A support, education, advocacy organization for the mental health community serving families and individuals whose lives are affected by mental illness.
  • The National Council for Behavioral Health. The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is a national mental health association and the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations.
  • National Institutes of Health – Medline Plus.  Website for patients and their families and friends, providing health information from the world’s largest medical library, in language you can understand.
  • NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health.  A government agency whose mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and care.
  • National Recovery to Practice Initiative.  A five-year initiative that develops an online resource on recovery principles and practices for mental health professionals and recovery-focused trainings. Their goal is to translate the vision of recovery into the concrete and everyday practice of mental health professionals of all disciplines.
  • New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.  A statewide coalition of people who use and/or promote recovery oriented community based mental health services.
  • New York City Administration for Children Services.  NYC’s child and welfare agency dedicated to protecting children, strengthening families and providing childcare and Head Start programs.
  • New York City Department of City Planning – Population Data.  DCP promotes strategic growth, transit-oriented development, and sustainable communities in NYC, in part by initiating comprehensive, consensus-based planning and zoning changes for individual neighborhoods and business districts, as well as establishing policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide. The Department assists both government agencies and the public by providing policy analysis and technical assistance relating to housing, transportation, community facilities, demography, waterfront and public space.
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  A public health agency facing issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, tobacco addiction and substance abuse, with innovative policies and programs.
  • New York City Department of Homeless Services.  A NYC agency that addresses homelessness in NYC and helps provide short-term, emergency shelter for individuals and families who have no other housing options available.
  • New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.   Plans, develops and regulates the state’s system of chemical dependence and gambling treatment agencies.
  • New York State Office of Mental Health Bureau of Cultural Competence webinars.  The Bureau of Cultural Competence (BCC) conducts Cultural and Linguistic Competence webinars for OMH facilities and licensed programs for educational and informational purposes. BCC strives to provide specific cultural and linguistic competence webinars to meet the changing needs of the diverse populations served in the New York State behavioral health system.
  • New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.  (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for more than 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other disabilities. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 700 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by private non profits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.
  • New York State Office of Mental Health.  Operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees 2,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and non-profit agencies.
  • Supportive Housing Network of New York.  Provides permanent, affordable housing in which support services are offered on-site to help homeless disabled and low-income people live independently in the community.

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