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Links to organizations providing useful information

We list here links to organizations and individuals whose affiliation we value. We consider the information available on these web sites reliable and useful.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

(The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides research information which helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.)

Icon for Americans with Disabilities SiteAmericans with Disabilities Act

(The ADA Home Page provides access to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for businesses and State and local governments, technical assistance materials, and more. . .)

Icon for Americans Civil Liberties UnionAmerican Civil Liberties Union

(The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of the Constitution's protections and guarantees.)

American Psychological Association

(Learn how to help a loved one through diagnosis and beyond.)

Icon for American Association of SuicidologyAmerican Association of Suicidology

( We are dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. Are you or someone you love at risk of suicide? Get the facts and take appropriate action. Be aware of the warning signs.)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

(Among the many programs it offers is a listing of local support groups for survivors.)

Icon for Balzon Center for Mental Health LawBazelon Center for Mental Health Law

(The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities.)

Bring Change 2 Mind iconBring Change 2 Mind

(This organization was formed to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. .)

Calm Clinic .com  iconCalm Clinic

(Help for Panic and Anxiety Sufferers)

Icon for org 'Care for your Mind'Care for Your Mind

(A place where you and others affected by the mental health care system can openly discuss its strengths and weaknesses.)

The Center for ChangeCenter for Change

(Center for Change is a leading residential treatment center for eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.)

Cerebal Palsy SkupportCerebral Palsy Guide

(Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy.)

CHADDChildren and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

(CHADD improves the lives of people affected by AD/HD.)

Columbus Recovery CenterColumbus Recovery Center Will Help Your Teen Struggling With Mental Health Issues

(An advanced approach to drug and alcohol rehab. Our facilities provide comprehensive, confidential treatment for substance use, mental health and eating disorders. )

Compassionate Actions ProjectCompassionate Actions Project

(Compassionate Actions Project® (CAP) is a non-profit 501c3 organization offering eligible people in Erie County Pennsylvania free whole foods and personal care items. Currently open to MHA members only.)

Consumer Driven Services DirectoryConsumer Driven Services Directory

(The CMHS-supported National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse has developed a directory of consumer-driven services.)

Council of State GovernmentsCouncil of State Governments

(Council of State Governments Mental Health Tool Kit - Fostering Recovery through State Action)

(The mission of DearShrink is to provide you with easily accessible, authoritative information and assistance from an award-winning psychiatrist and writer.)

Depression and BiPolar Suport AllianceDepression and Bipolar Support Alliance

(DBSA provides information on depression and bipolar disorder, online tools, and support groups.)

Disability Rights  PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania

(Disability Rights Pennsylvania protects and advocates for rights of people with disabilities.)

Education Law CenterEducation Law Center

(Legal advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring access by Pennsylvania's children to a quality public education. )

Equal Employment Opportunities CommissionEqual Employment Opportunities Commission

(A federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination.)

Erie County Government Department of HealthErie County Department of Health

( Mission Statement: To preserve, promote and protect the health, safety and well-being of the people and the environment of Erie County.)

Erie County Government

(A list of all county government offices.)

Erie Encore

(Erie County's Online Training Center. Their aim is to increase Erie County's knowledge and understanding of systems, services, and agencies that work with families and individuals.)


(Supporting People through Resources, Outreach, Understanding and Time. We provide youth and families with an online forum to share their voices and find relevant information.)

Icon for Everyday Health Everyday Health

(Help for depression and anxiety)

Faces and Voices of RecoveryFaces & Voices of Recovery

(Nation's leading grassroots recovery advocacy organization.)

Family & Friends of Heroin Addicts Talk

(The purpose of this group, FOHAT, is to share experiences of addiction with others who may be vulnerable.)

Gamblers Anonymous

(Gamblers Anonymous is 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 a gambling problem.)

Healthy Place Mental Health Information

(Mental health blogs on bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, adult ADHA and other conditions written by people who know what it's like living with a mental illness.)

Help Drug Rehab Advice Center

( compiles the latest science on addiction and provides practical help in overcoming addiction and finding treatment programs that are right for you.)

The Hills CenterHills Center Drug Rehab Guide

(A comprehensive drug rehab guide, specifically designed to answer your questions about rehab for yourself, a friend or a loved one.)

Institute for RecoveryInstitute for Recovery and Community Integration

(We work 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.)

I'm The Evidence CampaignI Am The Evidence

(Celebrating Hope, Encouragement, Recovery.)

International Association of Peer SupportersInternational Association of Peer Supporters

(Dedicated to growing the peer support movement worldwide.)

PA Job GatewayJob Gateway

(Get career assistance, search for local job openings, create and manage your resume, apply for jobs online, connect with employers, and learn more about individual services.)

LGBTQ Dating Guide

(A guide to dating safety specifically designed to help the LGBTQ community.)

Icon for Livanta BFCCLivanta Quality Improvement Organization

(Livanta is a Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO), responsible for supporting the rights of people on Medicare. These rights include making sure you get the health care services the law says you deserve.)

Icon for Masters in CounselingMasters in Counseling

(Bipolar and Depression resources on the web)

Mental Health AmericaMental Health America

(Mental Health America is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.)

Wellness Recovery Action

(Mary Ellen Copeland's WRAP as an Evidence Based Practice and more.)

Mental Health Association in PennsylvaniaMental Health Association in Pennsylvania

( The Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania works on behalf of mental health through advocacy, education and public policy.)

Mercy Center for WomenMercy Center for Women (MCW)

( We provide long term (up to 1 year) transitional housing and support services to homeless women with or without children. We provide many services for women including personal development.)

My Strentch dot comMy

(The health club for your mind. myStrength, a digital behavioral health company that offers web- based and mobile self-help resources to mental health consumers.)

NAMINational Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Erie County

( Our mission is to promote the quality of life of persons with serious mental illness and their families through support, advocacy, education and outreach.)

NASMHPDNational Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

(Work with states, federal partners, and stakeholders to promote wellness, recovery, and resiliency for individuals with mental health conditions)

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

(The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is a science-based organization that conducts research & recommends best practices for prevention & treatment of the disease of addiction.)

National Center for Learning DisabilitiesNational Center for Learning Disabiliities

( Nationwide listing of schools, summer programs, assessment and treatment centers, and parent support groups that serve individuals with learning disabilities .)

National Institute of Mental Health

(NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.)

National Recovery Month

(Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.)

National Suicide Prevention LifelineNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline

( The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.)

Network of CareNetwork of Care

(Government-sponsored Web sites that provide faster, easier access to comprehensive community services, information, support, advocacy, news and assistance on a local level.)

No Kidding Me 2!"No Kidding, Me Too!" Using Celebrity to Reverse Stigma

(Our purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease (BD) through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. )

Northwestern Legal ServicesNorthwestern Legal Services

(Providing free legal help in civil matters to low income clients in northwestern Pennsylvania.)

PA 211PA 2-1-1 Northwest

(Information on a wide variety of local support services in Erie, Venango and Warren Counties

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, State of PennsylvaniaOffice of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

(The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (1-877-356-5355), providing services-including medical assistance, SNAP, TANF, child care, child welfare, and more-that improve the quality of life for Pennsylvanians.)

COMPASS the PA Portal for health programsPA online application to apply for many health and human service programs.

(COMPASS is an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs.)

Pa Health Law ProjectPA Health Law Project

(PHLP provides free legal services to lower-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded healthcare coverage or services.)

Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesPA House of Representatives

(This site enables users to keep up-to-date on current happenings including legislation dealing with the mental health field.)

PA Housing SearchPA Housing Search

(A free service to list and find affordable homes and apartments accross Pennsylvania.)

PA Peer Support CoaliltionPa Peer Support Coalition

(Dedicated to Peer Support with training opportunities,job listings,statewide initiatives,etc.)

Pennsylvania SenatePA Senate

(This site enables users to keep up-to-date on current happenings including legislation dealing with the mental health field.)

Partnership for Prescription Assistance PennsylvaniaPartnership for Prescription Assistance Pennsylvania

(PPARxPA is a program that connects qualified, low-income people with discounted prescription drugs, direct from the pharmaceutical manufacturer.)

Pass Plan Help

( Social Security Disability program to assist persons with disabilities reach their employment goals .)

Pennsylvania Department of AgingPennsylvania Department of Aging

( A listing of all services, resources and opportunities offered by the Pa Department of Aging.)

Pennsylvania Department of EducationPennsylvania Department of Education

( The Pennsylvania Department of Education home page with access to all of their services and programs.)

Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

( Advocacy, systems change and capacity building for people with developmental disabilities and their families.)

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers AssociationPennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association (PMHCA)

( A statewide membership organization representative of the individual and collective expression of people who are or have been recipients of mental health services.)

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance NetworkPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

( The mission of Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.)

Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention InitiativePennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative

( The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is a multi-system collaboration to reduce youth suicide)

PERSAD Center Counseling ServicePERSAD Center

(A human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities.)

National Center for PTSDPosttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) National Center

(Research and education on trauma and PTSD.)

Pennsylvania Dept of HealthSpecial Kids Network System of Care

(The Special Kids Network System of Care, or SKN System of Care for short, is a statewide program that connects children and youth with special health care needs and their families with services that will enrich their lives.)

Stairways Behavioral HealthStairways Behavioral Health

( Stairways offers mental illness treatment and other services, including residential facilities, to children and adults who are mentally ill in Erie Pennsylvania.)

Strength of

(This online community is for young adults living with a mental health condition and those who have a family member or friend affected by a mental health problem. )

Stop Anxiety AttacksStop Anxiety

(This site is intended to help fellow sufferers become independent. The author shares things she has learned and things that have worked for her.)

Substance Abuse and Dental HealthSubstance Abuse and Dental Health Care

(In-depth information on the negative effects of substance abuse on oral health and the available treatment options for patients affected by that situation.)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdminSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

(SAMSHA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.)

Suicide Prevention Action NetworkSuicide Prevention Action Network USA

(SPAN USA is dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community engagement and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy.)

Suicide Prevention Resource CenterSuicide Prevention Resource Center

(Devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.)

Center for Disease Control and PreventionSuicide Prevention

(CDC provides resources and information relating to the prevention of suicide.)

Support the JourneySupport The Journey

(Support the Journey provides messages and products that help us to remember our potential for recovering from emotional illness. The MHA receives a portion of the sales price for these items.)

UPenn CollaborativeThe UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration

(The University of Pennsylvania Collaborative on Community Integration is a rehabilitation research & training center promoting community integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).)

Ticket to WorkTicket to Work Program

(The Ticket to Work program provides Social Security disability beneficiaries who want to work with access to free employment support services via Ticket to Work service providers.)

Icon for The Treehouse Drug and Alcohol Treatment CenterTreehouse Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

(The Treehouse is a private therapeutic treatment center that leads clients toward lasting recovery and freedom from addiction.)

US House of RepresentativesUS House of Representatives

(Home page of the United States House of Representatives.)

US SenateUS Senate

(Home page of the US Senate.)

US Psych Rahap AssocUS Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

(The mission of the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is to advance the availability and practice of psychiatric rehabilitation so that all individuals with a serious mental illness have access to the supports they need to recover.)

Veterans Crisis Hot LlineVeterans Crisis Line

(The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service. Veterans and their families and friends are encouraged to call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or text to 838255 to speak with qualified VA professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.)

Virtual Career NetworkVirtual Career Network, Healthcare

(The Virtual Career Network (VCN) is an "open source, open content" workforce services and online learning delivery platform. The purpose of this platform is to assist new entrants and un- and under-employed persons transition into high paying, high growth healthcare careers. )

We search togetherWe Search Together

( is a consumer clearinghouse for depression and bipolar research. It provides researchers with the opportunity to connect with people living with mood disorders.)

Wrights LawWrights Law

( At Wrightslaw, our mission is to provide parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys with accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy so they can be effective catalysts.)

World of PsychologyWorld of Psychology

(What many people don't get about mental illness. Becomd educated about Mental Illness.)

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