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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Links - Professional

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (www.aacap.org)


This site is designed to serve both AACAP Members, and Parents and Families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders which affect an estimated 7 to 12 million children and adolescents at any given time in the United States. You will find information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, AACAP membership, current research, practice guidelines, managed care information, awards and fellowship descriptions, meeting information, and much more.


Center for Parent Information and Resources (www.parentcenterhub.org)


The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.


Center of Study and Advancement of Discipline Policy (www.disabilitypolicycenter.org)


Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) in Washington, D.C. - CSADP contains training materials, policy papers and policy briefs. The website is organized by relevant topic areas.  The following topics are included: Advocacy Training Materials; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); general Disability Policy; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Olmstead Supreme Court Case; Personal Assistance Services (PAS); Rehabilitation Act (See Vocational Rehabilitation); State Medicaid Buy-In Programs and State Work Incentive Initiatives; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (TWWIIA); Vocational Rehabilitation; Workforce Investment Act (WIA). In addition, the website includes hot links to other disability policy-related websites.

Children Youth and Families Education & Research Network (www.cyfernet.org)

CYFERnet is designed to be used by anyone who needs comprehensive children, youth, or family information including: educators, researchers, parents, youth agency staff, community members, human services and health care providers, students, policy makers, youth, media. CYFERnet can: provide tools and information for working with youth, parents, families, and communities; share practical research-based tools, curricula and activities with a national audience; help locate experts in the areas of children, youth, and family across the country; provide access to the latest research, statistical, and demographic information; locate funding opportunities and grant writing information; provide resources and instruments for program evaluation; provide information on 3000 community-based State Strengthening programs targeting at-risk audiences.


Council for Exceptional Children (www.cec.sped.org)


The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.


Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (www.ccbd.net)




Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children (www.MNCEC.org) 




National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (www.nasmhpd.org)


Founded in 1959 and based in Alexandria, VA, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) represents the $29.5 billion public mental health service delivery system serving 6.1 million people annually in all 50 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD (pronounced “NASH-bid”) operates under a cooperative agreement with the National Governors Association and is the only national association to represent state mental health commissioners/directors and their agencies.


National Association of School Psychologists (www.nasponline.org) 




National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (www.ncjfcj.org)




Regional Resource Centers Program (www.rrcprogram.org)


The Regional Resource Centers Program provides service to all states as well as the Pacific jurisdictions, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The six regional program centers are funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to assist state education agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. Services offered by the RRC Program include consultation, information services, specially designed technical assistance, training, and product development.

Safe Start Center (www.safestartcenter.org)


The Safe Start Initiative is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of the Safe Start Initiative is to broaden the knowledge of and promote community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence.

School-based Behavioral Health (SBBH) (www.sbbh.pitt.edu)


This site represents the collaboration of University of Pittsburgh students, faculty members, and institutional partners working to improve schools by promoting the behavioral health and safety of children and adolescents. Here, you will find resources to support children and teens who have emotional and behavioral challenges.


SAVE Suicide Awareness Voice of Education (www.save.org)

The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide. SAVE provides resources centered on suicide prevention and coping with loss. Educational materials and books for adults and youth are available for community programs, religious organizations, schools, health care professionals, businesses and home use. These valuable tools provide an excellent opportunity to build community awareness as well as help those in need.


Zero to Three (www.zerotothree.org)


ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers. Neuroscientists have documented that our earliest days, weeks and months of life are a period of unparalleled growth when trillions of brain cell connections are made. Research and clinical experience also demonstrate that health and development are directly influenced by the quality of care and experiences a child has with his parents and other adults. That is why at ZERO TO THREE our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.