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Behavioral Health Websites of Interest

For uniformed service members, retirees and their families (below)
For providers of mental health and/or drug and alcohol services (below)
For persons who have a mental health or substance use concern

Addiction definition
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released this definition in August 2011.

Allegheny County Coalition for Recovery
Provides resources to increase awareness of behavioral health recovery and to promote the use of recovery principles and practices in behavioral health services in Allegheny County.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3)
Directs students, parents and education professionals to resources intended to help students make the most of their education. 

American Psychological Association (APA)
Directs users to informational resources about a full range of psychological interest areas. The APA Help Center is designed for individuals with mental health concerns and their families.

American Red Cross
Provides information and resources related to recovery in the aftermath of disasters, both natural and man-made. 

Broken Spirits
Assists past and present victims of child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence through a comprehensive global directory of shelters, hotlines and organizations and other resources. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Hosts a full range of community health resources ranging from those dealing with diseases and conditions, to emergency response to disasters.

COMPASS (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services)
Enables Pennsylvania citizens to apply for social services programs on line.

Deployment Kids
Contains information and activities to help children of deployed military service personnel cope with the absence of their loved one. 

Depresión y el Trastorno Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) En Español
Mejorando las vidas de individuos viviendo con trastornos del estado de ánimo. Pero lo importante es esto: Igual que el asma o el diabetes, la depresión es una enfermedad médica y tratable. Con ayuda profesional y apoyo de varias formas, puedes recuperar … y volver a un ritmo de vida normal. Interactive website empowering caregivers and those coping with depression and bipolar disorder with critical recovery tools and information.

Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh (GLCC)
Provides gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender individuals, their families and supporters in western Pennsylvania with resources and opportunities to promote visibility, understanding and equality within the GLBT communities and the community-at-large.

Half of Us: Support Our Veterans
Provides information for veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and their friends and family about how to support them in their return to civilian life. Half of Us has specific information on mental health issues facing veterans, such as depression and suicide.

Making Health Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care
Written specifically for youth in foster care, this guide looks at the options available for the treatment of mental health concerns, and the alternatives to psychotropic medications.

Mental Health America 
Provides tip sheets, an interactive forum and other resources for persons with mental health concerns and their families. 

PaTTAN (Pa. Training and Technical Assistance Network)
Provides resources for parents and educators aimed at improving the educational outcomes for children who receive special education services.

Persad Center
Provides information and resources for individuals who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

 NewThe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance
Provides educational materials for those with a diagnosis of PTSD, those at risk for developing PTSD and their family members.  Information is also provided related to substance use often associated with PTSD.

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know what to ask
Treatment for drug abuse is never a one-size-fits-all process, and finding the right treatment for a person's specific needs is critical to success. However, trying to identify the right treatment program for a friend, colleague, or loved one can be a difficult process. To help, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has created this brief guide that explores five important questions to ask when searching for a treatment program and explains what the research suggests is most effective. This free booklet offers valuable information for individuals, families, and friends seeking a treatment program.

Shepherd Wellness
Offers support and resources to persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Strength of Us 
Provides young adults living with mental health concerns with a social networking site and an on-line resource center.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Offers information for individuals with or at risk for mental illness and/or substance use disorders and their families to help build resilience and facilitate recovery.

Technical Assistance (TA) Partnership
Provides communities the resources they need to effectively build community-based systems of care by strengthening family leadership and advocacy. 

Tricare
Provides information for uniformed service members, retirees and their families worldwide about obtaining health care.

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
Contains resources for students, parents and educational professionals to improve the school experience for all. 

Understanding Mental Illness 
A collection of resources and informational materials to build better public understanding about mental health problems.  This includes fact sheets on the facts and myths of mental illnesses - including issues of violence, information on SAMHSA's National Anti-Stigma Campaign targeting young adults with the theme of "What a Difference a Friend Makes", real stories of people in recovery from mental illnesses, training materials to develop mentally healthy schools, and much more.

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For providers of mental health and/or drug and alcohol services

Addiction definition
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released this definition in August 2011.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3)
Directs students, parents and education professionals to resources intended to help students make the most of their education. 

American Psychological Association (APA)
Directs users to informational resources about a full range of psychological interest areas. The APA Help Center is designed for individuals with mental health concerns and their families.

American Red Cross
Provides information and resources related to recovery in the aftermath of disasters, both natural and man-made. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Hosts a full range of community health resources ranging from those dealing with diseases and conditions, to emergency response to disasters.

Child Welfare Information Gateway 
Child Welfare Information Gateway, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. It features the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.

COMPASS (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services)
Enables Pennsylvania citizens to apply for social services programs on line.

Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh (GLCC)
Provides gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender individuals, their families and supporters in western Pennsylvania with resources and opportunities to promote visibility, understanding and equality within the GLBT communities and the community-at-large.

Half of Us: Support Our Veterans
Provides information on engaging with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan on college campuses and how to support them. Half of Us has specific information on mental health issues facing veterans, such as depression and suicide.

Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care
Developed by the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, this guide is designed specifically for use by youth in out-of-home placement to give them the information they need to choose an appropriate treatment for mental health concerns.

Mental Health America 
Provides resources that support education and advocacy for professionals in the mental health field. 

PaTTAN (Pa. Training and Technical Assistance Network)
Provides resources for parents and educators aimed at improving the educational outcomes for children who receive special education services.

Persad Center
Provides information and resources for individuals who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

 NewThe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance
Provides educational materials for those with a diagnosis of PTSD, those at risk for developing PTSD and their family members, and providers of services. Information is also provided related to substance use often associated with PTSD.  

Shepard Wellness
Offers support and resources to persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Offers information for individuals with or at risk for mental illness and/or substance use disorders and their families to help build resilience and facilitate recovery.

Technical Assistance Partnership
Provides communities the resources they need to effectively build a system of care by strengthening family leadership and advocacy. 

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
Contains resources for students, parents and educational professionals to improve the school experience for all. 

Understanding Mental Illness 
A collection of resources and informational materials to build better public understanding about mental health problems.  This includes fact sheets on the facts and myths of mental illnesses - including issues of violence, information on SAMHSA's National Anti-Stigma Campaign targeting young adults with the theme of "What a Difference a Friend Makes", real stories of people in recovery from mental illnesses, training materials to develop mentally healthy schools, and much more.

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Links for military personnel and their families

Coping after Combat
Links site visitors to resources designed to help veterans cope with combat stress, that may show up as depression or PTSD, as they adjust to civilian life.

Deployment Kids
Contains information and activities to help children of deployed military service personnel cope with the absence of their loved one. 

Employment Assistance for Veterans
Provides information specifically for veterans and their families from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Free Mental Health Screening for Military Service Personnel 

Half of Us: Support Our Veterans
Provides information for veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and their friends and family about how to support them in their return to civilian life. Half of Us has specific information on mental health issues facing veterans, such as depression and suicide.

Military One Source
Provides interactive information on a wide range of topics, for service members and their families, specific for each branch of the military and reserves.  

 NewThe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance
Provides educational materials for those with a diagnosis of PTSD, those at risk for developing PTSD and their family members. Information is also provided related to substance use often associated with PTSD.

Reserve Component Resource Center
Provides information on health care, tips on dealing with deployment stress and transitioning home, and a list of resources as well as contact information for reserve and guard service members and their families.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Provides round-the-clock support for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the military.

Tricare
Provides information for uniformed service members, retirees and their families worldwide about obtaining health care.

U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

National Center for PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
Provides fact sheets, videos and other resources about trauma to answer questions about PTSD and related issues.

Returning Service Member Resources
Provides critical information for newly returning OEF/OIF veterans. 

Vet Centers
Provides resources to help veterans who served in combat readjust to civilian life. 

Veterans Resource Central
Resources to help veterans find employment in civilian settings through career path guidance, connecting, communicating and coaching.  Services are available to military spouses as well.

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