Advocacy resources for individuals or family or friends supporting a loved one with mental illness.
ProgramAddress and/or phone numberWebsite and/or emailComments
ADS Center11420 Rockville Pike
Rockville MD 20852
M-F 9am-5pm
ADS: Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health.
Program of SAMHSA and CMHS to address discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness.
Autism Living and Working
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 815
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Helps adults with autism/ASD form and sustain households, hold jobs, and contribute to community life, through
individual supports and accommodations.
Holds monthly conference calls.
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD)60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404
Great Neck, NY 11021
Donor-supported organization devoted to scientific research on psychiatric brain disorders. Provides brochures, videos, and other educational materials.
Center for Effective Government2040 S Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
www.foreffectivegov.orgSponsored by OMB Watch, this site is an online resource for contacting local, state, and national policy makers. The name changed in 2013, from NP Action.
Congress and contacting elected officials800.828.0498US Congress
US Senate
This site has names and contact info for national, state and local representatives, and has forms for email and letters you can create, print and mail. lets you search for PA legislators by county, township, zip code
The Family Advocacy Clinic(610)723-4108 families who want to “Find Their Voice” and strengthen advocacy skills, using a collaborative and non-adversarial approach. Explains legal rights but is unable to offer any legal advice.
Medicare Rights to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling, educational programs and public policy initiatives.
MentalHealth.govU.S. Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
877‑SAMHSA7 (877‑726‑4727)
Information on treatment services in your area. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. aims to educate and guide: The general public, Health and emergency preparedness professionals, Policy makers, Government and business leaders, School systems and Local communities.
Mental Health America (MHA)2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor Alexandria, VA 22311
www.nmha.orgNational organization, with state and local affiliates, for mental health advocacy, education and research. Also see NMHA under “Information” below and Mental Health Association for Southeastern PA under “Local Organizations” below.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
Arlington VA 22203
National organization, with state and local affiliates, for mental health advocacy. Also See NAMI National under “Information” below and local affiliates under “Local Organizations” below. See website for NAMI publications and position statements.
National Alliance on Mental
Illness—PA (NAMI PA)
2149 North Second St.
Harrisburg 17110
800.223.0500 ‘s NAMI affiliate.
Open Minds/Open Doorsc/o MHAPA
1414 N. Cameron Street, 1st Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17103
A PA initiative coordinated by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA aimed at ending discrimination against people with MI.
Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP)The Corn Exchange, Suite 400
123 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia PA 19106
800.274.3258 to helping low income, elderly and Pennsylvanians with disabilities gain access to quality health care. Services are free to qualified individuals.
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association4105 Derry St.
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Consumer staffed organization that advocates for MH consumers in PA
Pennsylvania Recovery Alliance (PRO-A)
PRO-A will mobilize, educate and advocate to eliminate stigma and discrimination toward those affected by addiction to ensure hope, health and justice.
TAC – Treatment Advocacy Center200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 730
Arlington, VA
National non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and clinical barriers to treatment. TAC advocates for court-ordered, assisted outpatient treatment.
The Foundation for Mental Health438 North White Rd.
San Jose, CA 95127
The Foundation advocates on mental health issues and works to improve public access to services to help people with mental illness achieve healthy, independent lives within their communities.

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