Support & Advocacy

These organizations provide assistance, support, information and advocacy to behavioral health clients, families and service providers. You also can search our nationwide database of support groups below.

Arc of D.C.
Advocates for the rights and full community participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Add To Favorites

D.C. Alliance of Youth Advocates
A citywide coalition that works to ensure policies, programs and practices within the District of Columbia that promote and propel youth into a productive and healthy adulthood. Add To Favorites

D.C. Behavioral Health Association
For over 30 years, the D.C. Behavioral Health Association has sought to expand and improve community-based behavioral health services through policy advocacy and staff development. Add To Favorites

D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers
A coalition of 30 member organizations, all of which provide direct legal services to low-income D.C. residents. The Consortium's mission is to coordinate the delivery, expand the availability and improve the quality of legal services and advocacy for poor and disadvantaged people and groups of people in the District of Columbia. Add To Favorites

D.C. Office of Disability Rights
Works to ensure that the programs, services, benefits, activities and facilities operated or funded by the District of Columbia are fully accessible to, and useable by people with disabilities. Add To Favorites

Health Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council
Seeks to improve family functioning, increase neighborhood capacity building, and simultaneously elevate issues to a public policy level to effect positive change. Add To Favorites

Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association
Dedicated to protecting personal, public, and environmental health in the Metropolitan Washington area. Add To Favorites

My Sister’s Place
Provides safe and confidential emergency shelter and transitional-to-permanent housing to battered women and their children as well as supportive programs, counseling, education and advocacy to all survivors of domestic violence. Add To Favorites

Established in 1981 as D.C. Threshold, NAMI D.C. has been serving the families of persons with mental illness in the nation's capital for over a quarter century. Add To Favorites

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
An independent, non-profit advocacy organization focused on improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. Add To Favorites

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization, Inc. - International
Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step, twelve tradition programs of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home. They meet with each other in a mutually respectful safe environment and acknowledge their common experience. They discover how childhood affected them in the past and influences them in the present. They take positive action. By practicing the twelve Steps, focusing on the solution and accepting a loving higher power of our understanding, they find freedom from the past and way to improve their lives today. Add To Favorites

For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people... alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship. Add To Favorites

Alcoholics Anonymous
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Add To Favorites

Alzheimer's Association
Seeks to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Add To Favorites

American Association of People with Disabilities
A cross-disability member organization dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws. Add To Favorites

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives in 2010 -- each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. They are investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work. They are also expanding their assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention. Add To Favorites

American Lung Association
Seeks to prevent lung disease and promote lung health through education programs, smoking control and prevention, and environmental advocacy. Add To Favorites

American Society of Addiction Medicine
Seeks to increase access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment. ASAM educates physicians, medical and osteopathic students, and the public as well as promotes research and prevention. Add To Favorites

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
ADA statute, regulations and federally reviewed tech sheets plus links to related sites. Add To Favorites

Arc, The
The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy. Add To Favorites

Autism Society of America
Provides information and referral for families dealing with autism. Connects 20,000 members through a working network of over 200 chapters in nearly every state. Add To Favorites

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
A nonprofit legal-advocacy organization dedicated to the principle that every individual is entitled to choice and dignity. Goals include community membership; self-determination and choice; ending the punishment of mental-health consumers for the system’s failures; and preserving protections and entitlements. Add To Favorites

Because I Love You Support Group
A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parents with troubled children of any age, and promotes structure, consequences and consistency in raising kids. Add To Favorites

Carter Center Mental Health Program
Seeks to reduce the stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses; achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care; advance promotion, prevention, and early intervention services for children and their families; and increase public awareness worldwide about mental health and mental illness and to stimulate local actions to address those issues. Add To Favorites

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Provides national leadership in the development of policies, programs and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, to prevent underage alcohol and tobacco use, and to reduce the negative consequences of using substances. Add To Favorites

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them. CSAT works with States and community-based groups to improve and expand existing substance abuse treatment services under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program. CSAT also supports SAMHSA’s free treatment referral service to link people with the community-based substance abuse services they need. Add To Favorites

Child Welfare League of America
An association of 1,000 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services. Add To Favorites

Children of Alcoholics Foundation
A national nonprofit organization that provides a range of educational materials and services to help professionals, children and adults break the intergenerational cycle of parental substance abuse. Add To Favorites

Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America
Seeks to build and strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities. The organization supports its members with technical assistance and training, public policy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences and special events. Add To Favorites

Consumer Center for Health, Education, and Advocacy
Helps low-income residents of San Diego County navigate the ever changing health care system to access care and obtain and/or maintain eligibility for government benefit health programs including but not limited to Medi-Cal, Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid Expansion/Low Income Health Plan (LIHP) and County Medical Services. This is accomplished through individual and substantive advocacy, providing trainings and developing community partnerships. As the County-designated Patients Rights Advocate for outpatient specialty mental health services, the Consumer Center is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints, grievances and appeals. Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. 1764 San Diego Avenue, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92110, 1-877-734-3258 Add To Favorites

Crystal Meth Anonymous
Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom all drugs, specifically Crystal Meth, have become a problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stay clean and lead a sober life. Add To Favorites

Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Add To Favorites

Dual Diagnosis Website
Provides information and resources for service providers, consumers, and family members who are seeking assistance andor education in this field. Add To Favorites

Dual Recovery Anonymous
A 12 Step self-help program that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. The DRA program helps people recover from both their chemical dependencies and their emotional or psychiatric illnesses by focusing on relapse prevention and actively improving the quality of their lives. Add To Favorites

Faces and Voices of Recovery
A national campaign of individuals and organizations joining together to advocate for public action to deliver the power, possibility and proof of recovery. Faces & Voices of Recovery supports local recovery advocacy by increasing access to research, policy, organizing and technical support; facilitating relationships among local and regional groups; improving access to policymakers and the media; and providing a national rallying point for recovery advocates. Add To Favorites

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Add To Favorites

Gift from Within
A nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Add To Favorites

GLBT National Help Center
Providdes free and confidential telephone and emial peer counseling, information and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendcer and questioning callers throughout the United States. Add To Favorites

Helps more people sustain lifelong recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and accomplishes this through a commitment to treatment, publishing, education, research, public advocacy and shared learning with other organizations. Add To Favorites

Institute for Recovery and Community Integration
Works to introduce and advance communities' understanding of recovery and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner. Add To Favorites

Join Together
Provides information, strategic planning assistance, and leadership development for community-based efforts to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment. Add To Favorites

Mental Health America
Nonprofit organization addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness through more than 340 affiliates nationwide. MHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service. Add To Favorites

Nar-Anon Family Group
Nar-Anon Family Group is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of a family member or friend. The program, which is not a religious one but a spiritual way of life, is based on the 12 suggested steps of Narcotics Anonymous. Working with these steps will bring the solution to practically any problem. Add To Favorites

Narcotics Anonymous
provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program. Add To Favorites

National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT)
A non-profit organization with the mission to educate the public about the disease of opioid addiction and the buprenorphine treatment option; help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with patients with addiction disorders; and serve as a conduit connecting patients in need of treatment to qualified treatment providers. Add To Favorites

National Alliance of Methadone Advocates (NAMA)
An organization composed of methadone patients and health care professionals who are supporters of quality opiate agonist treatment. NAMA has thousands of members worldwide with a network of international affiliated organizations and chapters in many places in the United States. Its primary objective is to advocate for the patient in treatment by destigmatizing and empowering methadone patients. First and foremost, NAMA confronts the negative stereotypes that impact on the self-esteem and worth of many methadone patients with a powerful affirmation of pride and unity Add To Favorites

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. Add To Favorites

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
Represents almost 200 not-for-profit and for-profit providers (free standing and hospital based programs, which offer a full continuum of care from outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation regimes. Acts as the voice of private alcoholism and drug dependency treatment programs throughout the U.S. Add To Favorites

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
A membership organization of 1,700 behavioral health providers that advocates for public policies that ensure that people who are ill can access comprehensive healthcare services. They offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement resources so that services are efficient and effective. Add To Favorites

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
A voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the Nation’s #1 health problem – alcoholism and drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities. Add To Favorites

National Empowerment Center
A consumer/survivor/expatient-run organization that carries the message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been diagnosed with mental illness. Add To Favorites

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Through a family and youth driven approach, children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed supports and services so that children grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential. Add To Favorites

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas, coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues, collaborating with organizations engaged in alcohol-related work and translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public. Add To Favorites

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function. Add To Favorites

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Offers separate sections designed for researchers and health professionals; teachers and parents; and students. Add To Favorites

National Institute on Mental Health
The largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. Add To Favorites

National Latino Behavioral Health Association
Provides national leadership for the advancement of Latino behavioral health services and seeks to reduce the disparities that exist in areas of access, utilization, practice based research and adequately trained personnel. Add To Favorites

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
A consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental-health consumer movement. It helps connect individuals to self-help and advocacy resources and offers expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental-health consumers. Add To Favorites

National Organization on Disability
Helps people with disabilities participate equally in a variety of basic life activities such as employment and income, education, community participation and socialization, transportation, political participation, health care, religious participation, and use of technology. Add To Favorites

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is a non-profit organization that strives to create a global community free of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and a society supportive of individuals already living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). NOFAS increases public awareness and mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities and represents the interests of persons with FASD and their caregivers as the liaison to researchers and policymakers. By ensuring that FASD is broadly recognized as a developmental disability, NOFAS strives to reduce the stigma and improve the quality of life for affected individuals and families. Add To Favorites

National Youth Leadership Network
The National Youth Leadership Network promotes leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among young leaders representing the diversity of race, ethnicity and disability in the United States. They also foster the inclusion of young leaders with disabilities into all aspects of society at national, state and local levels and communicate about issues important to youth with disabilities and the policies and practices that affect their lives. Add To Favorites

Nicotine Anonymous
Nonprofit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine. Add To Favorites

Office of National Drug Control Policy
Establishes policies, priorities, and objectives for the nation's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences. Add To Favorites

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS), The
Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/ Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS). Add To Favorites

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Add To Favorites

QuitNet - Quit All Together
Provides comprehensive smoking cessation resources, counseling, and community support for people trying to give up smoking. Add To Favorites

Regional Resource and Federal Centers (RRFC) Network
Assists state education agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. These centers offer consultation, information services, technical assistance, training, and product development. Add To Favorites

Section 8 Made Simple
A guide to the federally funded Housing Choice Voucher Program. Section 8 provides housing assistance to low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. The guide, written by the Technical Assistance Collaborative, offers comprehensive information on Section 8, including updated info on the Homeownership Program. Add To Favorites

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery
SMART Recover is the leading Self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for recover support group. Out participants learn tools for recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering science based mutual help groups. Add To Favorites
Provides an online step-by-step cessation guide; local and state telephone quitlines; National Cancer Institute's national telephone quitline and instant messaging services and publications which can be downloaded, printed or ordered. Add To Favorites

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Offers legislative information, mental health services, addiction treatment, prevention, statistics and data, workplace resources and policy issues. Add To Favorites

An international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH supports the inclusion and full participation of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of their communities as determined by personalized visions of quality of life. Add To Favorites

Tourette Association of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Supports individuals and families living with Tourette Syndrome through education and public awareness in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Add To Favorites

Treatment Advocacy Center
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and clinical barriers to timely and humane treatment for millions of Americans with severe brain disorders who are not receiving appropriate medical care. The center serves as a catalyst to achieve proper balance in judicial and legislative decisions that affect the lives of persons with serious brain disorders. Add To Favorites

U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA)
An organization of psychosocial rehabilitation agencies, practitioners, and interested organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting, supporting and strengthening community-oriented rehabilitation services and resources for persons with psychiatric dis­abilities. Add To Favorites