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Other Mental Health Resources


Aging, California Department (CDA)

CDA administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State.  CDA works to promote independence, well-being, and community involvement to allow older adults, adults with disabilities, and families the opportunity to enjoy wellness in a strong, healthy community.

California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives, Inc. (CAADPE)

CAADPE educates the public about the need for quality substance use disorder and co-ocurring mental disorder treatment services to meet the needs of the community. Our goal is to provide a means to protect the future of drug and alcohol treatment programs in California and provide information for those seeking treatment.

California Alliance of Child and Family Services (CACFS)

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is a statewide association of more than 130 private nonprofit child and family serving agencies committed to providing the highest quality services in the most caring and effective fashion. CACFS provides legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of member agencies regarding a wide range of key policy issues.

California Association of Local Behavioral Health Boards & Commissions (CALBHBC)

CALBHBC is a statewide organization that supports the work of local behavioral health boards. CALBHBC works to improve the quality and cultural competency of behavrioal health services in California and advocates at the state level as a unified voice for local beahviroal health boards and commission’s concerns.

California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA) 

The California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies works to provide and develop innovative responses to the needs of adults with psychiatric disabilities. CASRA member agencies serve over 75,000 Californians annually and were among the first in the nation to develop a system of community-based residential treatment alternatives to institutional care.

California Coalition for Youth (CCY)

The California Coalition for Youth (CCY) is a statewide non-profit organization that connects youth ages 12-24 with services, resources, support and programs needed to lead successful lives. CCY advocates for public policies, programs and services that respect, empower, and protect the rights of all youth.

California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies (CCCMHA)

CCCMHA is a  statewide trade association whose members are the primary providers of mental health and substance abuse services in California. CCCMHA promotes comprehensive, responsive, and integrated service systems by enhancing the ability of nonprofit member agencies to provide mental health services that empower the people we serve to lead full and productive lives.

California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) 

CHHS oversees thirteen departments and one board that provide a range of health care services, social services, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment services, income assistance and public health services to Californians from all walks of life. CHHS directly serves millions of Californians in health and human service programs and envisions the opportunity for all Californians, especially those most at risk or in need, to enjoy a high quality of life as measured by sound physical, mental and financial health in safe, sustainable communities.

California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH)

CiMH promotes excellence in mental health services through training, technical assistance, research and policy development. Founded by local mental health directors, CiMH works collaboratively with mental health stakeholders and its board members, which include consumers, family members, and other interested parties. CiMH strives to provide leadership and support to mental health systems and their partners in creating positive outcomes and community-based mental health services that are continually improving.

California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY)

CMHACY is a non-profit and educationally diverse association of citizens dedicated to advancing children’s mental health services in California to educate and influence decision makers affecting vulnerable children. CMHACY is committed to strengthening our mental health system through the promotion of prevention and early intervention and child-centered, family-focused, community-based services. To do so, CMHACY strives to connect parent groups with state and nation advocates, mental health administrators with public policy makers, and service providers with exemplary program innovators.

County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA)

CBHDA is a non-profit advocacy association representing the mental health directors from each of California’s 58 counties as well as two cities (Berkeley and Tri-City).  CBHDA provides direction, information, and recommendations to its members and provides a vast amount of information including public policy issues, committee information and educational materials to the public.

California Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC)

The California Mental Health Planning Council is mandated by federal and state statute to advocate for children with serious emotional disturbances and adults and older adults with serious mental illness. Additionally, CMHPC must provide oversight and accountability for the public mental health system, advise the Administration and the Legislature on priority issues and participate in statewide planning.

California Mental Health Services Act: Prevention and Early Intervention Clearinghouse

The Prevention and Early Intervention Clearinghouse was developed by the California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) as a one-stop-shop for mental health consumers, families and providers. Prevention and early intervention play a critical role in addressing mental health needs, and the Clearinghouse provides tools and strategies for promoting wellness and resiliency for all Californians.

California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)

As a nationally recognized mental health leader, CalMHSA focuses on the efficient delivery of California Mental Health Projects.  Counties that are members of CalMHSA work together to develop, fund and implement mental health services, projects and educational programs at the state, regional and local levels. CalMHSA is an Independent Administrative and Fiscal Governments Agency.

California Psychiatric Association (CPA)

The California Psychiatric Association is a state level non-profit organization whose member psychiatrists are medical doctors specializing in comprehensive care of individuals with mental and emotional disorders that stem from biological and psychosocial causes. CPA is responsible for carrying out legislative, regulatory, judicial, educational, advocacy, and public affairs activities on behalf of organized psychiatry in California. CPA also works with the California Medical Association, patient and family advocacy groups, and other State organizations on issues of mutual concern and interest.

California Psychological Association (CPA)

The California Psychiatric Association is a non-profit professional association for licensed psychologists and others affiliated with the delivery of psychological services in California. CPA works as an advocate for the profession of psychology and has sponsored many legislative proposals that have resulted in greater access to mental health care services for consumers. Additionally, CPA promotes research, education and training in psychology and many of CPA’s members provide free public services through their Public Education Campaign.

California State Association of Public Administrators, Public Guardians and Public Conservators (CA PA/PG/PC)

CA PA/PG/PC is a non-profit association representing the Public Administrators, Guardians and Conservators from each of California's 58 counties. The Association's mission is to foster communication between counties, provide education and certification to its members, and provide legislative advocacy on behalf of individuals served by these programs.

CAYEN's List of Drop-In Providers and Crisis Support Lines for Transition Age Youth

The California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) is a program of Mental Health America of California, a statewide mental health advocacy organization. CAYEN advocates for Transition Age Youth (TAY), youth and young adults 16-25 years old, whose lives have been affected by the mental health, juvenile justice, and foster care systems. CAYEN has developed a list of TAY drop-in providers, as well as mental health crisis support lines, many of them available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC collaborates with partners throughout the nation and the world to create the expertise, information and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Change Direction

The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This initiative was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy.

Child Support Services, California Department (DCSS)

California’s Child Support Program works with parents – custodial and noncustodial – and guardians to ensure children and families receive court-ordered financial and medical support. Child support services are available to the general public through a network of 51 county and regional child support agencies. Some of the services provided by DCSS include locating a parent; establishing paternity; establishing, modifying and enforcing a court order for child support; and establishing, modifying and enforcing an order for health coverage. 

Community Services and Development, California Department (CSD) 

CSD partners with a network of private, non-profit and local government community service providers dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals achieve and maintain self-sufficiency, meet their home energy needs and reside in housing free from the dangers of lead hazards. In providing these services, CSD seeks to improve the quality of life for low-income Californians.

Council on Mentally Ill Offenders

The leaders in criminal justice and mental health participating in this effort strive to end the criminalization of individuals with mental illness by supporting proven strategies that promote early intervention, access to effective treatments, a planned re-entry and the preservation of public safety.

Developmental Services, California Department (DDS)

DDS provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities as well as infants at risk of developmental delay or disability. These services are provided through state operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with non-profit regional centers. The regional centers provide diagnosis and evaluations, and serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Disability Rights California (DRC)

Disability Rights California is a nonprofit disability rights organization, working since 1978 to advance human and legal rights of Californians with disabilities. DRC has developed innovative programs for Californians with developmental, psychiatric, sensory, learning and physical disabilities. DRC collaborates on the state and federal levels with other advocacy groups throughout the U.S.


Each Mind Matters 

Each Mind Matters is California’s Mental Health Movement. We are millions of individuals and thousands of organizations working to advance mental health. The mental health movement certainly didn’t start with us, but Each Mind Matters was created to unite all of us who share a vision of improved mental health and equality.

Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)

The EMS Authority is charged with providing leadership in developing and implementing EMS systems throughout California and setting standards for the training and scope of practice of various levels of EMS personnel. The EMS Authority also has responsibility for promoting disaster medical preparedness throughout the state, and, when required, managing the state's medical response to major disasters.

Health Care Services, California Department (DHCS) 

The Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) mission is to preserve and improve the health status of all Californians.  DHCS works closely with health care professionals, county governments and health plans to provide a health care safety net for California’s low-income and persons with disabilities.  DHCS finances and administers a number of individual health care service delivery programs, including the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal), California Children’s Services program, Child Health and Disability Prevention program and Genetically Handicapped Persons Program.


Learn Psychology

We’re education enthusiasts who believe students who want to pursue a degree and career in mental health and psychology deserve to have access to the tools and resources they need to forge their path and meet their goals. We combine the talents of our dedicated writers and researchers with the valuable knowledge of our expert contributors to bring you the most current and comprehensive information on psychology trends, issues, education and careers.

Managed Health Care, California Department (DMHC)

The people of the Department of Managed Health Care work toward an affordable, accountable and robust managed care delivery system that promotes healthier Californians.  Through leadership and partnership, the Department shares responsibility with everyone in managed care to ensure aggressive prevention and high quality health care, as well as cost-effective regulatory oversight.

Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB)

The Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board was created in 1990 with the charge of advising the Governor and the Legislature on strategies for reducing the number of uninsured persons in the state. The Board is dedicated to improving the health of California by increasing access to affordable, comprehensive and quality health care coverage.  The Board oversees the following programs: The Healthy Families Program, Access for Infants and Mothers, Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, and Major Risk Medical Insurance Program.

Mental Health America of California (MHAC) 

Mental Health America of California (MHAC), also known as the Mental Health Association in California, strives to provide advocacy, education, information and other assistance necessary to ensure that people of all ages, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, etc. who require mental health services are able to receive mental health and other services that they need, and are not denied any other benefits, services, rights, or opportunities based on their need for mental health services. MHAC works towards full implementation of the Mental Health Services Act with the envision of a “help first” mental health system that seeks to prevent disability and empower people to achieve fulfilling lives.

Mental Health First Aid USA: Certification

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program offered as an interactive 12 hour course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course presents an overview of mental illness and substance abuse disorders, introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

Mental Health

Because personal stories have great power -- to enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate. Pretty much every family has a mental health story. It’s time to start sharing them.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), California

NAMI California is a grass roots organization made up of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. NAMI California works to provide leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California. Ultimately, NAMI California strives to eradicate stigma and advocate for increased research to uncover causes and new, effective treatments for mental illnesses.

National Behavioral Health Innovation Center, University of Colorado

The mission of University of Colorado's National Behavioral Health Innovation Center is to find, develop and put into practice big new ideas to prevent, treat and change the way people think about mental illness.

Network of Care for Mental Health

Network of Care Web sites, is a company dedicated to improving information and communication in the health and social service fields at the community level.

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) was created in 1978 to provide the State with an enhanced understanding of the structure and function of its healthcare delivery systems. Since that time, OSHPD's role has expanded to include direct delivery of various services designed to promote healthcare accessibility within California. OSHPD is the leader in collecting data and disseminating information about California's healthcare infrastructure, promoting an equitably distributed healthcare workforce, and publishing valuable information about healthcare outcomes.

Public Health, California Department (CDPH)

The California Department of Public Health is dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people of California. CDPH coordinates and funds many health services provided throughout the state.

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO)

REMHDCO is a statewide coalition of non-profit statewide and local organization whose mission is to work to reduce mental health disparities through advocacy for racial and ethnic communities. REMHDCO represents underserved, unserved, and inappropriately served racial and ethnic communities including: Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and African American. REMHDCO also represents non-English and limited English speaking, immigrant and refugee, and Muslim communities.

Social Services, California Department (CDSS)

The California Department of Social Services is the state agency responsible for: ensuring efficient, accurate, and equitable delivery of payments and benefits; providing services that foster self-sufficiency and dignity; providing social services to the elderly, blind, disabled and other children and adults; licensing and regulating foster homes, group homes, residential care facilities, day care facilities, and preschools; evaluating eligibility of applicants for federal and State programs.

State Hospitals, California Department (DSH)

On December 7, 2011, the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced the blueprint to establish the new Department of State Hospitals (DSH) and reforms to the DMH structure designed to improve the mental hospital system in California. DSH is dedicated to developing and implementing cohesive working relationships with all stakeholders committed to providing quality mental health treatment to all patients under their care. Additionally, DSH provides evaluation and treatment in a safe and responsible manner, seeking innovation and excellence in hospital operations, across a continuum of care and settings.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Established in 1992, SAMHSA was directed by Congress to offer substance abuse and mental health services to those most in need and to better translate research in the areas of substance abuse and mental health into the health care system. SAMHSA provides leadership and resources to communities in effort to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness and to help the public understand that: behavioral health is essential for health; prevention works; treatment is effective; and people can and do recover from mental and substance abuse disorders.

SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services: Treatment, Prevention, and Recovery Programs

Rehabilitation, California Department (DOR)

The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

United Advocates of Children and Families (UACF)

UACF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the emotional, behavioral and social well-being of children, youth and families through transformational leadership. UACF provides services that are family driven, hope centered and youth guided, and seeks to educate the community about important issues involving families and children with mental health disorders.

Veteran Affairs, California Department (CalVet)

CalVet works to deliver the innovative services veterans and their families need to be successful, productive Californians in the most efficient and cost effective manner through aggressively collaborating with key stakeholders and partners. In providing innovative services, CalVet aims to increase the accessibility and utilization of assisted living and long-term care, housing, benefits and services to veterans and their families.

Young Minds Advocacy

Young Minds Advocacy (est. 2012) is a nonprofit organization founded to address the number one health issue facing young people and their families—unmet mental health needs. Using a blend of policy research and advocacy, impact litigation, and strategic communications, we work to change attitudes towards mental illness and break down barriers to quality mental healthcare for young people and their families.