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Access for Special Kids
515-243-1713 or 800-450-8667
“One-stop-shop” for children and adults with disabilities and their families providing a broad range of information, advocacy, support, training, and direct services.

Autism Society of Iowa
515-327-9075 or 800-722-4799
Provides advocacy, support and information to individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and professionals.

Cameron Carico + 10 Foundation
Promote happy and healthy students and families in Central Iowa through suicide prevention and mental health education.

Citizens’ Aide/Ombudsman
Serves as an independent and impartial agency to which citizens can air their grievances about government.

Disability Rights Iowa
800-779-2502 or 515-278-2502
Gives Information on human and legal rights related to public education, employment opportunities and residence or treatment in the least restrictive environment.

Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa or
A centralized resource for prevention, hope and resources for Iowans impacted by eating disorders.

Foundation 2
Offers crisis intervention programs.

HCBS Habilitation Services Program
Iowa Home and Community Based Waiver program for mental illness.

Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Clinician Registry
A list of clinicians who can assess and treat Mental Health disorders (i.e., depression, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, OCD, anxiety disorder, AD(H)D, eating disorders, etc.) based on an integrative medical approach.

Iowa Association of Community Providers
Information to locate a provider of mental health, residential and vocational services in Iowa.

Iowa 211
Call 2-1-1
Iowa’s informational and referral database for health and human services.

Iowa Consortium for Mental Health
Conducts and supports mental health services research focusing on the occurrence, recognition, and treatment of serious mental illness in community-base setting.

Iowa Department of Human Service (DHS)
Division of Mental Health
Information about the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and county plans/policies and procedures; staff contact; and links to other disability resources or the Iowa Dept. of Human Services
Resource to all parties involved in the delivery of psychological services for people eligible for Medicaid in Iowa

Iowa Department of Public Health
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) partners with local public health, policymakers, health care providers, business and many others to fulfill our mission of promoting and protecting the health of Iowans.

Iowa Governor’s DD Council

InfoNet (A publication of the Governor’s DD Council)
Provides Iowans with disabilities the information they need to take action.

Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association
515-289-4567 or 800-277-8145
Includes useful links to special needs and disabilities resources.

Iowa Legal Aid
Along with attorneys from Volunteer Lawyer Projects, helps those facing basic issues of health, safety, and survival.

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise
An endeavor that unites State staff and “Best of Breed” contractors into a performance-based model for administration of the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a state/federal program that provides health insurance for certain groups of low income people.

Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs
Represent the interests of consumers (adults and children) in the planning and evaluation of mental health policy among other mission statements.

Iowa Safe Schools
Works to improve the school climate to increase the personal safety, mental health, and student learning of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students through public awareness, education, and policy.

Iowa Training Consortium
Advertises, and encourages training and education to build supportive communities for Iowans with disabilities

Iowans with Disabilities in Action
Presents the tools to do everything from registering to vote to running for office.

Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa (LDA)
515-280-8558 (Des Moines) or 888-690-5324


National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter
Ethics plus information

Peer-Support Recovery Center
Peer support groups and events for people living with mental illness on a mutual journey of recovery.

Tanager Place
2309 C Street SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Since 1879, Tanager Place has been focused on helping children and families through mental health treatment, prevention, and research. Today, Tanager Place provides an extensive array of innovative programs designed to help at-risk children with behavioral, emotional or psychiatric disorders achieve success. More than 4,000 children each year find healing through Tanager Place’s comprehensive outpatient Mental Health Clinic, inpatient, and community-based programs.

515-281-0275 or 800-532-1486
Preparing youth with disabilities for life after high school and connecting with others.

University of Iowa – Center for Disabilities & Development
Lending and resource library of materials on disability issues.

Your Life Iowa
Hotline resource where youth, parents, school personnel and all concerned Iowans can get help and information about bullying and youth suicide. Available 24/7 by calling the toll-free number or texting to 85511.


ADD Resources
Helps people with ADD/ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities.

Alcohol Information Center 
Comprehensive information on alcohol with in-depth information and links.

American Association Online Psychotherapists (AAOP)
Advice on finding a psychotherapist, also ethics.

American Psychiatric Association
Includes news and advocacy information.

American Psychological Association (APA)
Includes news and advocacy on issues from Addictions to Workplace issues.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Provides information on anxiety disorders and treatment.

Asperger’s & The Autism Spectrum – 101 Noteworthy Sites
A compilation of the best Autism and Asperger’s resources on the web including news, organizations, and professional and personal blogs.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Provides resources to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through local CHADD chapters.

Children’s Mental Health – New Report/CDC
On May 16, 2013, a new CDC report was released that describes, for the first time, federal activities that track U.S. children’s mental disorders. Find out about children’s mental health and what we have learned.

Circle of Care Guidebook

The Circle of Care guidebook emerged from the national study on mental health caregiving, On Pins and Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness. This study was conducted with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America and released in February 2016. It was the first national survey of mental health caregivers conducted in the United States: it identified numerous challenges faced by these caregivers.

Clearinghouse for Alcohol/Drug Info

Clinical Trials

Counseling Degrees
List of over 80 accredited counseling degrees.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
312-642-0049 or 800-826-3632
Nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder.

Drug and Alcohol Assistance Guide

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Resources
Helpful links for drug and substance abuse prevention.

Drug Awareness

Drug awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and medical devices that have the potential to cause patients serious harm.

Drug Education and Prevention for your Teen
A California-based site that offers helpful information on the topic of teens and drugs and includes links to other good drug-related information.

Dual Diagnosis Website

Treatment & education options concerning co-occurring addiction and mental illness disorder.

Eating Disorders and Addiction
Provides valuable information and resources on eating disorders and addiction. Site also offers information and resources on other mental illnesses and addictions as well as other additions. A helpline number is also provided.

F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)
F.E.A.S.T. is an international organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.

(The) Health Central Network
Provides timely, in-depth, trusted medical information, personalized tools and resources, and connections to a vast community of leading experts and patients for people seeking to manage and improve their health.

Health Insurance Marketplace Resource List
Link to document, click HERE

Kids In The House
Has over 8,000 1-2 minute videos on a wide variety of parenting topics, including a number of topics related to parenting a child with mental health challenges. This site feature expert advice from our NAMI Medical Director, Ken Duckworth, and parenting insight from Jay Gaylen, a NAMI Basics teacher from NAMJI Orange County.

Make the Connection
A one-stop, video-rich website were Veterans and their loved ones can privately explore information on and watch personal Veteran and Service member testimonials about health and life challenges.
Provides mental health information and resources for individuals struggling with mental health problems, friends and family members, educators and other community members.

Mental Health Recovery & WRAP
Recovery and Wellness information
Phone: 802-254-2092
Description and recovery assistance.

Military One Source
Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families. It has policy and programmatic information, helpful resources, products, articles and tips on numerous topics related to military life. It offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, via telephone, or face-to-face.

Minds and K9s, Inc
A mental health educational organization that provides resources and programs on mental health.

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
Support organization for people with mental illness and their families and friends. Volunteers at local affiliates and state organizations provide education, support, and advocacy in their communities. The website includes online communities, publications, and other resources. Registration is free and required for some areas of the site.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
Access resources for employment, advocacy, benefits and education.

The National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability
Research, training, technical assistance and dissemination activities designed to promote self-determination among people with psychiatric disabilities.

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression (NARSAD)
Patient advocacy group provides information about depression, schizophrenia, autism, mental illnesses, medications, and research.

National Council on Alcoholism
Works to promote prevention, intervention, research and treatment of drug and alcohol.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Information on disabilites, special education and related services, IEPs, transition and more.

National Empowerment Center
Provides information consumers might need in order to regain control over their lives and the resources that affect their lives.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Conducts research in mental health issues provides resources on specific disorders, as well as general mental health.


National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse
Consumer run technical assistance center with connections to peer-run groups.
Creates a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourages them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines by matching them with the right assistance programs.

Hope for Mental Health Recovery
This website has been developed and is maintained  for the sole purpose of putting those with mental illnesses in touch with materials which will help them in their recovery.

Recovery International

Refinance and Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities 800-419-1022 (Call for rates)
This guide seeks not only to provide the reader with the most relevant and essential resources needed to navigate the myriad of red tape and sometimes rigid processes regularly associated with real estate purchases; it also aims to educate you.

Focuses exclusively on schizophrenia gives information, education and support; including advice on handling crisis.

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)
National non-profit that promotes improvement in the lives of people with schizophrenia-related illnesses and their families.

Social Security Administration (SSA)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

To improve the disability benefits system and to educate qualified disabled persons how to receive disability benefits through Social Security.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

An online resource center for college student mental health and emotional well-being.

U.S. Dept of Justice
Publications: 800-669-3362
Information hotline: 800-514-0301
American Disabilities Act (ADA) Information on ADA and also information regarding justice and mental illness.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Website focuses on mental health.

Rethinking Mental Illness article

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