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Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting
Adult Children of Alcoholics is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program focused on understanding the specific behavior and attitude patterns developed while growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Provides information for psychiatrists and families about developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.

Autism Society
Provides information on resources, advocacy, and local chapters.

Autism Society affiliates in 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.

Disability Rights Maryland
Designated Protection and Advocacy Agency for the state of Maryland, mandated to advance the legal and human rights of people with disabilities.

Early Intervention Program (EIP)
This site provides information about the resources and services available to families of adolescents and young adults at risk for or in the early stages of, a mental illness with psychosis.

Findtreatment.gov
This site is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s treatment locator, featuring information on thousands of state-licensed providers who speiclaizing in treating substance use disorders, addiction and mental illness.

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)
Represents more than 90 nonpublic schools throughout Maryland that serve students with a range of disabilities. MANSEF schools provide high quality educational opportunities and support services to Maryland children and youth with disabilities.

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.

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.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Maryland (NCADD-Maryland)
NCADD-MD focuses on raising public awareness and sensitivity on the issue of alcoholism and drug dependence in Maryland through sustaining a campaign of education, information-dissemination and public policy advocacy to ensure persons affected by the disease of addiction, and their families, have access to resources, support systems and services critical in accessing treatment and sustaining recovery.

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.

National Federation of Families
The Federation is a national advocacy organization with families as its sole focus. The organization advocates at the national level for the rights of families who have children with emotional, behavioral, mental health and substance use challenges.

Optum Maryland
An administrative services organization (ASO) created to help Maryland Department of Health manage and deliver behavioral health services to persons in need.

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
PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.