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It is often difficult for families to find appropriate information about childhood mental illness and behavioral disorders. The sites here are good places to consult when beginning your search. This page includes websites that provide an overview of mental health issues and a special section on conduct disorders.

Mental Health Issues

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
http://www.bazelon.org/

The Bazelon Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization. This site is essential for families with children with mental disabilities. It is informative and brings important mental health resources together in one place.

Buros Institue for Mental Measurements (BIMM)
http://www.unl.edu/buros/bimm/index.html

This website of BIMM provides information about commercially published tests. The Institute promotes meaningful and appropriate test selection, utilization, and practice. Online test reviews are available. The searches for tests can be conducted alphabetically or according to category.

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
http://www.ecmhc.org/

The Center translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences, and makes them available on this website.

Division 5 of the American Psychological Association (APA)-Evaluation, Measurement& Statistics
http://www.apa.org/divisions/div5/

This web site provides information about the publications of Division 5 of APA and online access to its quarterly newsletter, ―The Score‖ that contains latest news in evaluation, measurement, and statistics.

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
http://www.ffcmh.org/

The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is a parent-run organization. It provides links to important mental health resources, and also offers an opportunity for involvement in mental health issues for children. The site's Spanish language link is under construction.

Help for Depression
http://www.helpfordepression.com

Help for Depression (helpfordepression.com) provides a very comprehensive explanation of the various approaches and treatments for depression as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.

Internet Mental Health
http://www.mentalhealth.com/

An on-line encyclopedia of mental health information, this site includes international concerns. Another great site from Canada, it was designed by psychiatrist Dr. Phillip Long.

Mental-Health-Matters.com
http://www.mental-health-matters.com/

The site contains information and resources regarding mental health. Its Disorder Categories page contains a link to information and resources for childhood mental disorders.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
http://www.nami.org/

NAMI is a non-profit grass-roots organization of families and friends of individuals with mental health disorders. At this site you can retrieve information about mental health, connect with a NAMI affiliate or read about their advocacy work. They keep abreast of research matters and report on them, too. Spanish language resources are also included.

National Association of School Psychologists
http://www.nasponline.org/about_nasp/index.aspx

The NASP represents school psychologists and provides them support to enhance the learning and mental health of all children. The NASP website has resource library on communication, crisis intervention, referral, Response to Intervention (RTI), assessment of academics, assessment of behavior as well as other significant topics. It also has several fact sheets, brochures and handouts on topics related to children and schooling.

National Institute of Mental Health
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

If you are interested in the latest research in the field of mental health, this is the place to go. The site also includes mental health information and education on its "Educational Resources" page.

National Mental Health Association
http://www.nmha.org/

A non-profit organization focusing on the needs of individuals with mental health issues, the National Mental Health Association provides resources and information for families. Its "NMHA Information Center" page hosts factsheets.

NECTAC (National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center)
http://www.nectac.org/topics/menhealth/menhealth.asp

The NECTAC web site has just added a section on early childhood mental health, social emotional development and challenging behavior. The site includes links to definitions, legislation, initiatives, organizations, foundations, research centers and supports.

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
http://www.samhsa.gov/

A service of the US Department of Health and Human Services, this website is a great resource for families.

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Conduct Disorders and Behavior Issues

Association for Positive Behavior Support
http://apbs.org

APBS is an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors. 

Beach Center on Disabilities - Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) Resources
http://www.beachcenter.org/?act=view&type=General%20Topic&id=9

The Beach Center on Disabilities provides resources regarding Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), including tips on Functional Behavior Assessments and creating PBS plans.

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (Behavior)
http://cecp.air.org/

Reports and web resources are featured on this site. Some publications are available on-line; others have to be ordered in print versions. Its page on Functional Behavioral Assessment is quite comprehensive.

Conduct Disorders.com
http://www.conductdisorders.com/

Links, articles and the opportunity to connect with other families of children with conduct disorders are some of the features of this site.

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Online
http://www2.aap.org/sections/dbpeds/

This site is sponsored in part by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is designed for health professionals. Parents can certainly find information of value here, and not just in the "Handouts section.

National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions Supports
http://www.pbis.org

This is a website of OSEP-funded National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports. It focuses on the behavioral and discipline systems essential for cognitive and social development of students. It provides information to assist school districts in the design of effective schools. It has a mirror site in Spanish.

Postitive Approaches to Challenging Behavior for Young Children with Disabilities
http://ici.umn.edu/projectscenters/earlychildhood.html

This is the website of the Early Children Behavior Project. The Project is assigned to be used by and to assist parents, special and general education teachers, childcare and Head Start providers and others in applying positive approaches to challenging behavior. Their Early Report explains the Project. The site includes information about challenging behavior and functional assessments, as well as strategies and tools.



The resources on these pages are for your information. These listings are not necessarily comprehensive, nor are they an endorsement. If you find that any information is incorrect, if you would like to offer feedback or if you know of additional resources that may be helpful to include, please contact us.

This page was last updated June 24, 2013 .

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