Organizations Focused on Special Education & School-Based Mental Health
The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. The web site includes many helpful resources for schools, families and advocates.
Web address: www.ideapartnership.org
This website offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth.
Web address: www.interventioncentral.org
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
NDRN is a national organization of protection and advocacy and client assistance programs for children with disabilities. These programs provide legally based advocacy services for people with disabilities, including mental illnesses, in the United States.
Web address: www.napas.org
National Information for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is an information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues (including mental illnesses) for families, educators, and other professionals, with a special focus on children and youth -- birth to age 22.
Web address: www.nichcy.org
NationalTechnical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
The OSEP-funded National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports was established to address the behavioral and discipline systems needed for successful learning and social development of students. The Center provides capacity-building information and technical support about behavioral systems to assist states and districts in the design of effective schools.
Web address: www.pbis.org
This site offers school mental health resources not only for clinicians, but also for educators, administrators, parents/caregivers, families, and students. The resources included in the site emphasize practical information and skills based on current research, including prominent evidence-based practices, as well as lessons learned from local, state, and national initiatives.
Web address: www.schoolmentalhealth.org
School Psychiatry Program and the Mood & Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center
The School Psychiatry Program and the Mood & Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center, both part of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), jointly created Schoolpsychiatry.org. This website is committed to enhancing the education and mental health of every student in every school. The website has resources for parents, educators and clinicians to ensure that each group is working together to support children and teens with mental health conditions.
Web address: www.schoolpsychiatry.org
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers
The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers is an innovative project that supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Web address: www.taalliance.org
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law
The Wrightslaw web site is designed for families, advocates, educators, and attorneys looking for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities, including those with mental illnesses.
Web address: www.wrightslaw.com