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211
With the most comprehensive database of information about local resources and services, 211.org offers caring, local experts to help, 24/7.  Calls are confidential and anonymous.

Adoptees Connect
Adoptees Connect is a peer-led, adoptee-centric connect group for adult adoptees. This group is designed to be a safe space for adoptees to gather and share their experiences regarding their individual adoption journeys.

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.

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.

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.

Maryland State Department of Education Early Intervention and Special Education Services
The MSDE Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES) provides leadership, accountability, technical assistance, and resource management to local school systems, public agencies, and stakeholders through a seamless, comprehensive system of coordinated services to children and students with disabilities, birth through age 21, and their families.

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 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The National 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide support, guidance and assistance. Call specialists connects callers to local services that can help if someone is feeling depressed, suicidal or is dealing with other mental health issues. Simply call 988.

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.

Parent CRAFT
A online video course that teaches parents the skills they need to meet the risks of substance abuse. Parent CRAFT is based on the proven CRAFT method.

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.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project aims to to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people and offers support and resources to the LGBTQ+ community and those who love them.