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Advocates for Youth
Increase the opportunities for and abilities of youth to make healthy decisions about sexuality. This center provides information, education and advocacy to youth-serving agencies and professionals, policy makers and the media.
Contact: 2000 M Street, NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036, Ph: 202/419-3420, Fax: 202/419-1448

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
AACAP has been a growing and dynamic organization, giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in the health care environment, and addressing the needs of children, adolescents and families.  Contact: 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016; Ph: 202/966-7300

The American Bar Association Center on Children and Law
The Center's areas of expertise encompass child abuse and neglect, child welfare and child protective service system enhancement, foster care, family preservation, termination of parental rights, child support, child fatalities, parental substance abuse, child custody and visitation, and parental kidnaping.
Contact: 740 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, Ph: 202/662-1720,

American Council for Drug Education (ACDE)
Diminishes substance abuse and its impact by reaching individuals through volunteerism, national help lines and drug-free work place initiatives, and by producing and distributing compelling anti-drug information worldwide. Contact: 164 W. 74th Street, New York, NY 10023, Ph: 800/488-3784

American Humane Association
Offers a popular new video and guidebook on identifying child abuse, along with dozens of reliable training guides and informative materials available from the Children's Division of the American Humane Association. Contact: 63 Inverness Drive, East, Englewood, CO 80112, Ph: 800/227-4645

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose 40,500 physician members specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses and substance use disorders. Contact: 1000 Wilson Boulevard,Suite 1825, Arlington, VA 20009-3901, Ph: 703/907-7300

Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc. (AEL)
AEL is a nonprofit, regionally oriented educational research and development institution, made to serve in the four states served: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The mission is to link the knowledge from research with the wisdom from practice to improve teaching and learning. Contact: The CNA Corporation, 4825 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311 Ph: 703-824-2828; (1-800-344-0007 x2828)

Arizona Drug and Gang Prevention Resource Center (APRC)
APRC's Clearinghouse is Arizona's central source for broad-based prevention information and materials including alcohol and  drugs, gang prevention, tobacco, child nutrition, violence, suicide, HIV/AIDS, stress, and specialized target and high risk populations. Contact: 641 E. Van Buren Street B2, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Ph: 800/432-2772

Center for School Mental Health (CSMH)
Is a national training and technical assistance center designed to promote the expansion and improvement of mental health services for school-age children and youth. Contact: Dept of Psychiatry, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 680 West Lexington St., 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, Ph: 888/706-0980, email:

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. Visit often for the latest on a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption. Contact: Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children's Bureau/ACYF, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Eighth Floor, Washington, DC 20024, Ph: 800-394-3366 or 703-385-7565 / Fax: 703-385-3206,

Children's Safety Network National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center
works with maternal and child health (MCH), public health, and other injury prevention practitioners to:provide technical assistance and information ,facilitate the implementation and evaluation of injury prevention programs conduct analytical and policy activities that improve injury and violence prevention. Contact: 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060, (617) 969-7100, ext. 2722

Children's Safety Network Economics & Data Analysis Resource Center
assists regional, state and local agencies and organizations with gathering and using information about the occurrence of injuries and the prevalence of risk factors to identify problems, focus program responses, and evaluate prevention programs.Contact: 11710 Beltsville Drive, Suite 300, Calverton, MD 20705-3102, Phone: (301) 755-2728, Fax: (301) 755-2799

Compass Point Addiction Foundation
Is dedicated to fostering scientific research, understanding and disseminating the knowledge of the causes and nature of addictive disorders. Contact: 14821 N. 73rd Street; Scottsdale, AZ 85260; Ph: 866/600-2327.

Department of Education: Comprehensive Centers
This program awards discretionary grants to establish comprehensive technical assistance centers to help low-performing schools and districts close achievement gaps and meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Section 203 of Title II of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (TA Act) authorizes the Department to establish not fewer than 20 comprehensive technical assistance centers to provide technical assistance to States to benefit school districts and schools, especially those in need of improvement.

Education Development Center
Assists Maternal and Child Health (MCH) agencies and improve current prevention efforts.   Major tasks are to : (1) facilitate information sharing and the provision of technical assistance; (2) develop an annotated bibliography of violence prevention curricula, a semiannual newsletter, and technical assistance papers; and more.  Contact: Rebecca Atnafou,, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02158; Ph: 617/969-7100

Emergency Medical Services for Children
a national initiative designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness and injury. Medical personnel, parents and volunteers, community groups and businesses, and national organizations and foundations all contribute to the effort. A federal grant program supports state and local action. Contact: 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20010, phone: 202/884-4927, fax: 202/884-6845

Federal Citizen Information Center
Helps federal agencies and departments develop, promote, and distribute consumer information to the public. Contact: 800/407-4747

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Is a national parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders and their families. Contact: 1101 King St.,Suite 420 Alexandria, VA 22314, Ph: 703/684-7710,

Illinois Prevention Resource Center (a project of Prevention First , Inc.)
Helps public and private organizations and communities meet the organizational challenged that the era of health care reform brings to their prevention efforts.  Contact: 2800 Montvale Drive, Springfield, IL 62704, Ph: 800/252-8951; 217/793-7353

National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC)
Promotes linkages among key sectors of the health care system that affect the health of adolescents to increase availability of information related to the health of adolescents, improve the capacity of State Title V agencies to plan, deliver and improve access and coordination of comprehensive primary care for adolescents, etc. Contact: NAHIC, Division of Adolescent Medicine & Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, 3333 California Street.,Suite 245, San Francisco, CA 94143, Ph: 415/502-4856

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Reduce stigma and ignorance of severe mental illness to help eliminate discrimination and restrictions on access to essential treatments and life supports such as employment, housing, health insurance, and social contact. Contact: 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201, Ph: 703/524-7600, Fax: 703/524-9094.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
NASP publishes many resources on different mental health issues in school settings.   Topics cover intelligence and personality assessment, home-school collaboration, alternative educational delivery systems, interventions, etc. Contact: 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814, Ph: 301/657-0270 / Fax: 301/657-0275,

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
NASW Press is a leading scholarly press in the social sciences. Contact: 750 First St., N.E., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20002 Ph: 800/227-3590, Fax: 202/336-8310

National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
strives to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments. Contact: 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449, Phone: 888-924-SAFE (7233), Fax: 715-389-4996

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
Is the largest national resource for latest information  on all aspects related to alcohol and other drugs of abuse.
Contact: P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345, 800-729-6686; 301-468-2600

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)
Is a central source of information on youth and family policy and practice. Produces technical assistance publications on youth and family programming, manages an Information Line. Contact: P.O. Box 13505, Silver Spring, MD 20911, Ph: 301/ 608-8098 / Fax: 301/ 608-8721

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Publishes a variety of resources on youths at risk, including a quarterly newsletter, a searchable database, publications, and a flyer for consultants and speakers. Contact: The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, Publications Department, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29631, Ph: 864/656-2599, Fax: 864/656-0136,

National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Is the national information and referral center to provide information on children and youth (birth to age 22) with disabilities.  Also provides personal responses to issues, referrals to other organizations.  Contact: Box 1492, Washington, DC 2013-1492, Ph: 800/695-0285 Fax: 202/884-8441

National Library of Education
Is the federal government's principal source for information and referrals on education, ensuring the improvement of educational achievement at all levels through the collection, preservation, and effective use of research. Contact: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), National Library of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20208, Ph: 800/424-1616; 202/219-1692, Fax: 202/219-1696.

National MCH Center for Child Death Review
promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the state, community and national levels. It builds public and private partnerships to incorporate CDR findings into efforts that improve child health. Contact: 2438 Woodlake Circle, Suite 240, Okemos, MI 48864, Phone: 800-656-2434, Fax: 517-324-7365

National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse
Disseminates state-of-the-art information about maternal and child health. Offers patient education materials in English and other languages. Contact: 2070 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 450, Vienna, VA 22182, Ph: 703/821-8955, Fax: 703/821-2098

National Runaway Safeline (NRS)
Is a not-for-profit volunteer organization to help youth at-risk through around-the-clock telephone switchboard availability and services. They provide crisis intervention, referrals, and youth advocacy. Contact: Information Department, 3080 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657, Ph: 773/880-9860, Fax: 773/929-5150

Prevention Resources from the Wisconsin Clearinghouse
Is part of University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (and a member of SAMHSA's NCADI RADAR Network). Provides activity books, videos, curricula, software, posters and pamphlets on prevention issues for alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse prevention, controlling anger, violence prevention, self-esteem building, dating and violence, etc. to residents of Wisconsin. Contact: 1552 University Ave., Madision, WI 53705, Ph: 800/322-1468, Fax: 608/262-6346.

Research and Training Center in Family Support and Children's Mental Health
Improve services for families whose children have serious mental, emotional or behavioral disabilities and promotes services that are community-based, family-centered and culturally appropriate. Contact: Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, Oregon 97207, Ph: 503/725-4040, Fax: 503/725-4180

Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance Center
help States in the planning and development of effective programs that improve access to health and other services for individuals with TBI and their families. Contact: 4330 East West Highway, Suite 301, Bethesda, MD 20814, Phone: 301-656-3145, Fax: 301-656-3530

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
Focuses on school mental health-related policies and practices to: enhance current and emerging practitioners roles, functions, and competence; facilitate systemic reforms reshaping mental health in schools; and assist localities in building and maintaining infrastructure for training support, and continuing education. The center is developing a "consultation cadre" of volunteers, an on-line clearinghouse, electronic networking, guidebooks, and continuing education curricula, newsletter and World Wide Web site. Contact: Dept of Psychology, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095, Ph: 310/825-3634,Toll Free: 866/846-4843, Fax: 310/206-8716.

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