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Search Results: MCH Organizations

This list of organizations is drawn from the MCH Organizations Database. Contact information is the most recent known to the MCH Digital Library.

Displaying records 1 through 20 (53 total).

African American Family Services (AAFS)

Annotation: African American Family Services (AAFS) provides culturally-specific, community-based mental health, chemical health, and family preservation services to African American youth, adults and families. A.A.F.S. consists of three divisions, including the Institute on Black Chemical Abuse, the African American Counseling Center, and the Institute for Resiliency and Culture: A Movement for Youth. AAFS provides referrals and inquiry responses and produces an electronic newsletter.

Keywords: Blacks, Drug abuse, Mental health, Minority health, Substance abuse

Al-Anon Family Groups (Al-Anon/Alateen)

Annotation: Al-Anon Family Groups (Al-Anon/Alateen) is a self-help fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the relatives and friends of alcoholics. Members share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution. On behalf of the group it serves, the organization registers local meetings, sponsors training seminars, and develops education books, audiovisuals, booklets, and brochures about recovery from the effects of living with the disease of alcoholism. Some of these materials are available in Spanish and French. They also publish a newsletter and catalog.

Keywords: Alcoholism, Alcohol abuse, Educational materials, Family recovery, Substance abuse, Support groups

American Council for Drug Education (ACDE)

Annotation: The American Council for Drug Education (ACDE) works to curb drug abuse by informing and motivating the public. The council has launched educational campaigns targeted to specific high-risk audiences and has developed and distributed more than 60 publications and five videotapes. In addition, it produces a catalog and newsletter and provides consumers with referrals and reference information, some available in Spanish.

Keywords: Substance abuse, Drug abuse, Drug education, High risk groups

American Council on Alcoholism (ACA)

Annotation: The American Council on Alcoholism (ACA) is a national nonprofit health organization dedicated to educating the public about the effects of alcohol, alcoholism, and alcohol abuse, and the need for prompt effective, readily-available, and affordable alcoholism treatment.

Keywords: Substance abuse prevention programs, Alcohol abuse, Drug abuse

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Annotation: The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a national specialty organization of 3,500 physicians who are concerned about alcoholism and other drug dependencies. ASAM's Goals are to improve access to care and to increase its quality and effectiveness for patients and their families. Services to consumers include publications and reference information. Publications include a textbook,Principles of Addiction Medicine, practice guidelines, the Patient Placement Criteria: Second Edition (PPC-2), a quarterly journal, and a bimonthly newsletter, ASAM News. ASAM also sponsors conferences and training seminars.

Keywords: Access to health care, Alcoholism, Drugs, Substance abuse, Substance dependence

BEST Foundation for a Drug Free Tomorrow (BEST)

Annotation: The BEST Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to providing schools and their community partners with the necessary information, materials, and guidance to effectively implement Project ALERT, a skills-based substance abuse prevention curriculum for middle grade students. ALERT, which was researched and developed by RAND, a drug-policy think-tank, includes training, lesson plans, supporting videos and posters, and toll-free help with implementation. Teacher training is provided online.

Keywords: Adolescents, Alcoholic beverages, Substance abuse prevention, Tobacco

Children and Family Futures

Annotation: Children and Family Futures (CFF) provide specialized knowledge on improving collaborative practice and policy among the substance abuse, child welfare, Tribal child welfare and family judicial systems to improve the lives of children and families, particularly those affected by substance use disorders. CFF advises Federal, State, and local government and community-based agencies, conducts research on the best ways to prevent and address the problem, and provides comprehensive and innovative solutions to policy makers and practitioners.

Keywords: California, Child advocacy, Child welfare, Children, Family support services, Substance abuse, Substance use disorders

Connecticut Pregnancy Exposure Information Service (CPEIS)

Annotation: The Connecticut Pregnancy Exposure Information Service operates a telephone service that provides current information on the possible risk to a fetus exposed to a particular medication, chemical, infection, or substance abuse during pregnancy. The service is offered to women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, health care providers, and concerned partners who want information, education, or counseling about exposure risks. Callers at risk or with complicated exposures are encouraged to seek personal genetic counseling, which can be provided by this service or by a genetic counselor in the caller's region. Telephone callers receive written follow-ups. Services to consumers include referrals, publications, and reference information. Publications include fact sheets and a newsletter.

Keywords: Reproductive hazards, Connecticut, Drug use during pregnancy, Fetus, Hotlines, Information services, Pregnancy, Risk assessment, Substance abuse, Teratogens, Teratology

Do It Now Foundation (DIN)

Annotation: Do It Now (DIN) Foundation is a national, nonprofit educational foundation working to provide adolescents and their families with timely, accurate information on a range of behavioral health issues, including alcohol and alcoholism, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, drug use and abuse, parenting, eating disorders, suicide, and stress. Publications include pamphlets, booklets, books, reports, and posters. A publications catalog is available. Some publications are available in Spanish, Italian, French, German, and other languages. The DIN Web site is written for adolescents.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Depression, Eating disorders, Mental health, Rape, Sexually transmitted diseases, Substance abuse, Suicide

DRUGSTORE Information Clearinghouse (DAODAS)

Annotation: The DRUGSTORE Information Clearinghouse is South Carolina's communications resource center for alcohol and other drug information. It is part of the Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource Network (RADAR) developed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. Services to consumers include referrals, publications and reference information. Some materials are available in Spanish. DAODAS also sponsors training seminars and publishes a newsletter.

Keywords: Substance abuse

Entertainment Industries Council (EIC)

Annotation: The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) is a professional and corporate council addressing substance abuse and other health/safety issues, particularly as depicted in entertainment. Most of its efforts are focused on outreach and education for the entertainment industry's creative community. Services to consumers include referrals, publications, and reference information. Some materials are available in Spanish. EIC publishes a newsletter, produces course oriented marketing campaigns and specialized video presentations. EIC offers a resource for the creative community at their website ( The Council also sponsors depiction briefing sessions for entertainment creatives; and the PRISM Awards (, which recognizes entertainment productions that accurately depict drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction.

Keywords: Substance abuse

Families Anonymous (FA)

Annotation: Families Anonymous (FA) serves parents, concerned relatives, and friends of loved ones who abuse drugs and/or alcohol and have related behavior problems. Services to consumers include referrals to support groups, inquiry responses, publications, and reference information. FA publishes a newsletter and sponsors conferences and workshops. Some materials are available in Spanish and other languages can be made available through the organization's international groups.

Keywords: Families, Alcohol abuse, Bahavior problems, Drug abuse, Information services, Self help clearing houses, Substance abuse

Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities

Annotation: Free To Grow is a national demonstration program aimed at strengthening Head Start's organizational capacity and local partnerships to implement integrated family and community strengthening strategies to reduce young children's vulnerability to substance abuse, child abuse and other destructive behaviors. Free to Grow works to identify the best ideas and practices in the field of prevention in general, and substance abuse and child abuse prevention in particular, and apply them to improve the overall environment of young children. There are fifteen Free To Grow sites across the country. These sites work in collaboration with local funding and program partners, including school systems, law enforcement, and substance abuse and mental health treatment programs. Funded by a partnership of foundations and government agencies, the program operates out of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The Web site provides an electronic newsletter and information about strategies and resources of use to families and professionals.

Keywords: Child abuse, Community programs, Head Start, National initiatives, Prevention programs, Substance abuse


Annotation: Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher learning, public education and advocacy, and publishing.

Keywords: Substance abuse

Join Together

Annotation: Join Together works to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention and treatment. It provides publications and reference information for consumers, and maintains searchable databases. Join Together is a project of the Boston University School of Public Health.

Keywords: Community programs, Substance abuse prevention

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (JJC)

Annotation: The Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (JJC) is a component of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service that collects, synthesizes, and disseminates information on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Through print and other media, the Clearinghouse offers the latest research findings, descriptions of promising programs, publications on youth-related issues, practical guides and manuals, announcements of funding opportunities, and other resources on juvenile justice and related topics.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescent parents, Clearinghouses, Homeless persons, Injury prevention, Juvenile delinquency, Missing children, Runaways, School dropouts, Sexual abuse, Substance abuse

Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free

Annotation: Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free is a multi-year, public-private partnership focused on preventing the use of alcohol by children, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It was begun in 2000.

Keywords: Alcohol abuse, Children, Substance abuse prevention

Links Foundation

Annotation: The Links Foundation is a nonprofit organization operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The Foundation is empowered to design support and conduct educational activities useful to individuals, groups and communities. The Foundation also provides services to youth which are directed toward upgrading both their academic and technical skills, charitable services to senior citizens, and supporting the defense of individual and group human and civil rights. The Links Foundation also sponsors conferences.

Keywords: Adolescents, Blacks, Family planning programs, Minority groups, Substance abuse prevention

Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI)

Annotation: Created by the state legislature, the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) works to strengthen mental health services through training, research, and demonstration. The Institute designs and evaluates innovative prevention and treatment techniques, and it trains agencies and mental health professionals statewide to implement similar techniques and programs. Target populations include children, adolescents, and adults with severe mental illnesses. The Institute Library maintains a large collection of fact sheets, brochures, technical publications, and audiovisual materials. Some materials are available in Spanish. FMHI also sponsors conferences and provides online training and certificate programs.

Keywords: Mental disorders, Adolescents, Affective disorders, Children, Florida, Mental health, Mental health professionals, Mental health programs, Psychiatric hospitals, Research, Substance abuse, Training

Methamphetamine Awareness and Prevention Project, South Dakota (MAPP-SD)

Annotation: The Methamphetamine Awareness and Prevention Project, South Dakota (MAPP-SD) encourages communities to form coalitions of citizens, business and community leaders, law enforcement, and faith-based organizations to examine methamphetamine (meth) issues and their community. Working together with a professionally trained Community Coalition Coordinator, communities develop projects aimed at incrasing awareness of the dangers of meth and educating the public on how they can become involved. MAAP-SD community-based coalitions provide materials to support local efforts, serve as a resource for information on the awareness and prevention of meth in neighborhoods and as a source of educational trainings for community, regional, and statewide groups.

Keywords: Community programs, South Dakota', Substance abuse

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.