American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Provides information for psychiatrists and families about developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents. Contains a link to “Facts for Families,” which contain information on topics such as childhood mental health disorders, where to find help, bullying, and teen substance use.
Provides information on resources, advocacy, and local chapters.
Autism Society of Maryland
Lists local chapters in Maryland, some of which hold support groups.
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Provides information about child and adolescent bipolar disorder, along with a listing of resources and on-line support groups.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Provides information about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder, along with a bi-monthly magazine. Contains a link to find local chapters in Maryland and support groups.
Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
The Federation is the U.S. national parent-run organization that supports family-run programs to meet the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders. The site contains information about local and state chapters, the Federation’s annual conference for youth and families, and fact sheets for families.
Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland
Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families through awareness, advocacy, education, service and collaborative efforts. Contains links to Maryland local chapters,
support groups, newsletter and resources.
Maryland Association of Non-Public Special Education Facilities (MANSEF)
Provides services for children with special needs and their families in non-public schools. Included on their website is their current Membership Directory and a host of resource material. MANSEF staff are available by telephone, fax and email to explain the placement process, funding, resources and other services.
Maryland Disability Law Center
Designated Protection and Advocacy Agency for the state of Maryland, mandated to advance the legal and human rights of people with disabilities. Current priorities include advocacy for children’s mental health, so that children diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder must have access to an array of high quality community-based mental health service, and advocacy to safeguard the rights of children who are in psychiatric residential treatment centers and hospitals. Publications include the excellent guide “Special Education Rights.”
Mental Health Association of Maryland
Leading mental health advocacy organization in Maryland, promoting public policy and legislation that improves the lives of people in Maryland with Mental Health disorders. MHA partners with MCF in the “Children’s Mental Health Matters” campaign. They also oversee “The Kids on the Block” puppet troupe, which teaches children to understand feelings, develop problem solving skills, and express their feelings and concerns.
Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Provides education, advocacy and support (including family navigation services and family support partners) to youth with mental health needs and their families in Montgomery County.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maryland
Dedicated to education, support and public advocacy for individuals with mental health disorders and their families. The site lists support and education groups held across the state.
National Association of School Psychologists
Provides information for families on educational and behavioral issues for children in school and at home.
Parents’ Place of Maryland
Committed to improving the lives of children with disabilities and special health care needs. The site lists support groups for parents of children with disabilities, and includes a workshop schedule, publications and resources.
Pathfinders for Autism
Parent sponsored, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families.
PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays)
Provides information, resources and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) youth. Offers support groups for both family members and youth.
Manages Maryland’s Public Mental Health System. Their web-site contains many resources for consumers and families, including a directory of providers.