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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Fact Sheets
The AACAP web site has dozens of fact sheets on various issues including ADHD, depression, conduct disorders, oppositional defiance disorder, and violent behavior. These up-to-date, well-written publications are available in several languages.
Asperger's Association of New England
AANE's mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with Asperger's and related disorders. AANE provides resource information, support groups and workshops. 
Watertown: 85 Main Street, Suite 101; 617-393-3824.
Autism Now
Autism Now is a national resource and information center for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.
Autism Family Resource Database
The Autism Family Resource Database, hosted by the Autism Consortium, is a listing of resources for families and clinicians in the New England area to facilitate greater access to services and programs related to autism spectrum disorders.
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of families raising children and teens living with bipolar disorder and related conditions.
Children and Clinical Studies
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's Children and Clinical Studies web site provides general information about children's participation in clinical studies, including the importance of studies, how to participate, and additional resources for participants.
Department of Mental Health (Central-West Massachusetts)
As the Massachusetts state mental health authority, The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work, and participate in their communities. 
North Hampton: PO Box 389; 413-587-6200. 
Worcester: 305 Belmont Street; 508-368-3838. 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center provides training and service programs and conducts research studies that directly benefit people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Center offers opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and typically developing children and adolescents to participate in research studies. 
Boston: University of Massachusetts Medical School, 465 Medford Street, Suite 500, Charlestown, MA 02129; 774-455-6562,
Worcester: University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301, Worcester, MA 01655; 774-455-6562,
Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides support and training to families with school age children with special needs.
International Bipolar Foundation
The International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support services for all affected; and to erase associated stigma through public education.
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access
The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access (MABHA) website enables users to locate available openings in Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), In-Home Therapy, Therapeutic Mentoring, and In-Home Behavioral Services. 
The website, operated by the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), is at
The Massachusetts Psychiatric Access Project
The Massachusetts Psychiatric Access Project (MCPAP) is a consult service to primary care physicians looking for help in understanding the mental health needs of their child and adolescent patients. MCPAP provides help with care coordination and evidenced based interventions when access to child psychiatry is not available. There is no charge for the services. 
Mental Health America
Mental Health America has information on an wide range of topics such as anxiety disorders, bullying, ADHD, and autism.
NAMI of Massachusetts (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI of Massachusetts is the Massachusetts branch of The National Alliance on Mental Illness, a national mental health advocacy organization.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) serves as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides support for research on mental illnesses. NIMH also provides a number of publications of general interest.
Neuroscience For Kids
Neuroscience For Kids is a web site and newsletter for students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.
Parent/Professional Advocacy League
The Parent/Professional Advocacy League is a statewide network of parents and professionals who advocate on behalf of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. PAL provides workshops, trainings, and support groups. 
Worcester: 40 Southbridge Street, Suite 310, Worcester, MA 01608; 508-767-9727.
Boston: 15 Court Square, Suite 660, Boston, MA 02108; 866-815-8122 (toll free).
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA has information on children's mental health, a mental health dictionary, a listing of Indian mental health resources, and a toll-free number to call for help and information. Selected publications are in Spanish.

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