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National Technical Assistance and Resource Centers

Technical Assistance Centers are organizations whose primary purpose is to provide information and technical assistance regarding prevention and treatment issues in mental health and substance abuse. Services may include information and referral, on-site consultation, training, library services, publications, annotated bibliographies, and other resources. Technical Assistance Centers provide resources in the areas of:

Addiction and Substance Abuse

Join Together
441 Stuart StreetBoston, MA 02116
Join Together , a project of the Boston University School of Public Health, is a national resource for communities working to reduce substance abuse and gun violence.

National Addiction Technology Transfer Center
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Nationwide, multi-disciplinary resource with 13 independent Regional Centers devoted to research and treatment related to substance abuse.

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
633 Third Avenue, 19th floor
New York, NY 10017-6706
Phone: (212) 841-5200
CASA is a unique think/action tank that engages all disciplines to study every form of substance abuse as it affects our society.

National GAINS Center
Policy Research, Inc.
262 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
(800) 311-4246
The National GAINS Center for People with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Criminal Justice System is a national locus for the collection and dissemination of information about effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders who come in contact with the justice system

Children and Families

Center for Evaluation of Child Mental Health Systems
Judge Baker Children's Center
295 Longwood Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
On-site consultation on management information systems

  • Meetings and Conferences
  • Training modules
  • Networking and collaboration with organizations
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association
    3611 SW Hood Street
    Suite 201
    Portland, Oregon
    Phone: (503) 222-4044

  • Technical Assistance for Community Development
  • Public Policy Development
  • Information Exchange
  • Technical Assistance and Training for Tribal grantees of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services.
  • National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
    (formerly CASSP Technical Assistance Center)
    Georgetown University Child Development Center
    3307 M Street, NW
    Suite 401
    Washington, DC 20007-3935
    Phone: (202) 687-5000

  • Information packets, issue briefs, and monographs on children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances
  • Conferences and training institutes on planning, delivery, and financing of services
  • Consultation on systems change and services development and delivery
  • Agency and organization collaboration
  • Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health
    Department of Child and Family Studies
    Florida Mental Health Institute
    13301 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
    University of South Florida
    Tampa, Florida 33612-3899
    Phone: (813) 974-4661

  • Studies of children with serious emotional disturbances and service systems research
  • Epidemiological and service system research
  • Annual research conference
  • Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
    Regional Research Institute of Portland State University
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon 97207-0741
    Phone: (503) 725-4040
    Research and training on family support issues, family/professional collaboration, and diverse cultural groups

  • Annual research conference on family support issues
  • Information on publications and events through an electronic bulletin board
  • Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health
    1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20007-3835
    Phone: (202) 944-5373

    Washington Business Group on Health
    The Washington Business Group on Health is a national non-profit organization devoted to representing the perspective of large employers and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. The Groupís Mental Health and Working Solutions to Substance Abuse programs provide employers with technical assistance, training, and other tools to implement best practices in the workplace.

    Psychiatric Disabilities and Rehabilitation

    Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
    Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services
    Boston University Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center
    940 Commonwealth Avenue West
    Boston, Massachusetts 02215
    Phone: (617) 353-3550

  • Consultation and training using psychiatric rehabilitation technologies and topics related to rehabilitation and recovery
  • Workshops, conferences, professional development programs, and academic degree programs
  • Service demonstration programs for consumer/survivor rehabilitation and recovery
  • Information dissemination via a newsletter, journal, web site, and catalog
  • Research on psychiatric rehabilitation and related topics
  • The Evaluation Center
    The Human Services Research Institute
    2336 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
    Phone: (617) 876-0426

  • Consultation program through site visits or telephone/e-mail
  • Topical evaluation network program
  • Tool kits to provide evaluators with tested methodologies and instruments
  • Evaluation materials program
  • Mini-grant program for system-of-change evaluation projects
  • Training program on evaluation-related skills
  • Multicultural issues in evaluation
  • National PACT Center
    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
    200 North Glebe Road
    Suite 1015
    Arlington, Virginia 22203-3754
    Phone: (703) 524-7600
    Technical assistance in developing programs of assertive community treatment

  • Teleconferences on various aspects of PACT program planning and implementation
  • Information dissemination via mail and a web site
  • National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Peer Support
    104 South Michigan Avenue
    Suite 900
    Chicago, Illinois 60603
    Phone: (312) 422-8180

  • Psychiatric rehabilitation research and training in 9 major areas: peer support and consumer service delivery, treatment models, vocation rehabilitation, managed care, women's issues, HIV/AIDS, familial experience, diversity issues, and transition-age youth
  • Extensive dissemination and technical assistance at replacement cost or no cost
  • Workshops, seminars, academic courses, and training to providers
  • Technical assistance to federal, state, and local agencies for public policy initiatives

  • Consumer and Advocacy Issues

    Advocacy Training and Technical Assistance Center (ATTAC)
    National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
    900 Second Street, NE
    Suite 211
    Washington, DC 20002
    Phone: (202) 408-9514

  • Centralized repository for training and technical assistance information and coordination for federally-mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) programs
  • Information dissemination via a web page, on-line interactive library, publications, and public service announcements
  • Technical assistance with expertise rosters/brokering and P&A legal backup centers
  • On-site peer consultation, development of model policies and procedures, and outcome measures to increase P&A effectiveness
  • pOn-site training, conferences, tapes and other visual or auditory training tools, and development of competency-based curriculum systems
  • Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center (CONTAC)
    West Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association
    1036 Quarrier Street
    Suite 208A
    Charleston, West Virginia 25301
    Phone: (888) 825-TECH (8324)
    (304) 346-9992

  • Resource center for consumers/survivors/ex-patients and consumer-run organizations across the United States
  • Services include materials development and dissemination, training, skill development, interactive communication opportunities, networking, and other activities to promote self-help, recovery, and empowerment
  • Technical assistance to organizations in identifying and exemplifying points of entry into consumer programs
  • Outcome orientation for non-traditional services
  • Leadership and organizational development
  • Information sharing through a national web network
  • National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center
    National Mental Health Association
    1021 Prince Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314
    Phone: (703) 684-7722

  • Information and referrals
  • Technical assistance on site and by phone
  • Resource library
  • Coordination of local coalitions
  • Training conference
  • National Empowerment Center
    599 Canal Street
    Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840
    Phone: (800) 769-3728

  • Consumer technical assistance center
  • National directory of mutual support groups, drop-in centers, and Statewide organizations
  • Networking and coalition-building
  • Workshops, public speaking, and training to providers
  • National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
    1211 Chestnut Street
    10th Floor
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
    Phone: (800) 553-4539

  • Consumer information and referrals
  • On-site consultation
  • Training events
  • Teleconferences and national conferences
  • Consumer library
  • Newsletter
  • Consumer and consumer-supported nationwide database

  • Homelessness and Mental Illness

    National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness
    Policy Research Associates, Inc.
    262 Delaware Avenue
    Delmar, New York 12054
    Phone: (800) 444-7415

  • On-site technical assistance to demonstration grantees on topics related to service delivery, program organization, research design, and instrumentation
  • Workshops, training institutes, and substantive papers on issues related to service delivery to homeless persons with serious mental illness
  • Database of 4000+ articles, annotated bibliographies on topic clusters, and specialized database searches
  • Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Technical Assistance Center
    Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
    323 Boston Post Road
    Sudbury, Massachusetts 01776
    Phone: (978) 443-0055

  • Training curricula in topic areas identified through a comprehensive needs assessment of State PATH contacts
  • Ad hoc technical assistance to State and local PATH programs in response to special requests

  • Prevention

    Arizona Prevention Resource Center
    Arizona State University
    641 E. Van Buren, Ste. B2
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    The Arizona Prevention Resource Center serves Arizona as a statewide resource center, providing accessible technical assistance on a variety of prevention and health promotion issues through training, information dissemination and program evaluation.

    Indiana Prevention Resource Center
    Indiana University
    Creative Arts Building
    2735 E 10th St Rm 110
    Bloomington, IN 47408-2606
    (812) 855-1237
    The Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University is a statewide clearinghouse for prevention technical assistance and information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs for the State of Indiana.

    Other Resource Centers

    Advocates for Human Potential
    Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) conducts research and provides consultation and technical assistance in the areas of: System Design, Program Development, and Individual Potential. AHP provides services in five areas:

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Youth and Prevention Services
  • Employment Program Development
  • Center for Support of Mental Health Services in Isolated Rural Areas
    Frontier Mental Health Services Resource Network
    University of Denver
    Denver, Colorado 80208
    Phone: (303) 871-3099

  • Knowledge synthesis
  • Technical assistance to organizations
  • Human resource development
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Demonstrations and evaluations
  • National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) for State Mental Health Planning
    National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
    66 Canal Center Plaza
    Suite 302
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314
    Phone: (703) 739-9333

  • State, regional, and national consultation
  • Special topic technical assistance and training
  • Consensus development conferences and teleconferences
  • Consultant database
  • Publications and reports
  • Model service system standards review and analysis
  • The National GAINS Center Policy Research, Inc.
    262 Delaware Avenue
    Delmar, New York 12054
    Phone: (800) 311-GAIN (4246)

  • Integrated technical assistance network for knowledge development
  • Analysis of state-of-the-art practices and synthesis documents
  • Targeted fact sheets, briefs, and brochures
  • Specially designed training sessions and workshops delivered on-site and via e-mail
  • National Mental Health Services
    Knowledge Exchange Network
    P.O. Box 42490
    Washington, DC 20015
    (800) 789-2647

    National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
    University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
    Campus Box AO11-13
    4455 East Twelfth Avenue
    Denver, Colorado 80220
    Phone: (303) 315-9326

  • Research, research training,
  • Information dissemination
  • Technical assistance provided on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
  • Cross site evaluation of 9 sites in the Circles of Care grant program.



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