Consumer Resource Room

The Consumer Resource Room provides descriptions of and links to websites and resources on an array of topics relevant to behavioral health consumers, family members, and the general public. The resources are grouped by the topic areas listed below:

Topics

Mental Health Services in Texas

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National Mental Health Resources/Information

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Pagina Web en Espanol/Websites in Spanish

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Advocacy Organizations in Texas

  • Mental Health America of Texas reaches out to communities across Texas to promote mental health, prevent mental disorders, and improve the care and treatment of people with mental illnesses through educationand advocacy.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas (NAMI Texas) purpose is to help improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.
  • Texans Care for Children serves as a voice for children through advocacy, information, and networking.  Focus areas for Texans Care for Children include child and maternal health, child protection, child mental wellbeing, juvenile justice, and family financial security.

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National Mental Health Advocacy Organizations

  • The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse works to foster consumer empowerment through their website that provides up-to-date news and information announcements, a directory of consumer-driven services, electronic and printed publications, training packages, and individual and onsite consultation.

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Children and Adolescents

  • Raising Texas is a statewide, collaborative effort to strengthen Texas’ system of services for young children and families so that all children enter school healthy and ready to learn.
  • Effective Child Therapy is a website which is designed to inform both the general public and practitioners regarding the most up-to-date, research-based information about mental health treatment for children and adolescents. This web site is provided by a partnership between the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network works to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States.
  • RTC Portland - Pathways to Positive Futures  aims to to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training. RTC provides a variety of resources to support the positive development of youth and young adults, including research, training, and technical assistance.
  • The National Federation Of Families For Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization dedicated exclusively to helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better quality of life.
  • The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Resources for Families webpage contains resources related to child and adolescent mental health, including a Bill of Rights for Children’s Mental Health Disorders and their Families and a child and adolescent psychiatrist finder.
  • Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.
  • The Research and Training Center on Early Childhood Development website is designed specifically for parents, therapists, early childhood educators, early interventionists, and researchers and includes information about effective early childhood intervention practices based on research.

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Housing Resources

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Employment Resources

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Suicide prevention

  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website contains suicide prevention resources, including the 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis [1-800-273-TALK (8255)].

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Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment

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Resources for Adolescents and Teens about Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Marijuana: Facts for Teens (NIDA) is a guidebook to educate teens about marijuana use.
  • The Cool Spot (NIAAA) is a website designed for 11-13 year-olds to prevent alcohol abuse.
  • Coping Skills for Kids website is designed for pre-teens, ages 9-12, to help build coping abilities and also contains an informational section for parents and educators.

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Veterans and their Families

  • The VA Health Care Eligibility and Enrollment website provides information about VA benefits and how to apply or enroll.
  • The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD provides links and information to help vets locate VA and other mental health services their area, including the Veterans Affairs Facilities locator.
  • The Army Behavioral Health website offers information for soldiers, children and families, and providers about military behavioral health topics including PTSD and suicide prevention.
  • The DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit has comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Centers program operates a system of 232 community based counseling centers, located in all fifty states, that provide readjustment counseling and outreach services (at no cost) to all veterans who served in any combat zone.
  • The Texas Veterans Commission is committed to provide superior service through agency programs of claims assistance, employment services and education that will significantly improve the quality of life of Texas veterans and their families.
  • The Texas Veterans Leadership Program assists Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reintegrate into civilian life.
  • The Army HOOAH 4 HEALTH website contains information for families of deployed soldiers.
  • National Military Family Association contains information for families of deployed soldiers.
  • Veterans and Families is a non-profit community service and support organization that seeks to help veterans and their families before, during and after deployment.
  • Warrior Care serves as a portal to various resources including healthcare information websites for military personnel.
  • TexVet: Partners across Texas supports Texas military, veterans and family members with information and referral services and by facilitating the delivery of these services across traditional boundaries. TexVet also serves as the hub for the statewide peer to peer counseling network and volunteers.

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