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2014 Toolkit

Targeted Outreach Resources

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The general and audience-specific resources below offer mental and/or substance use disorder information, as well as resources related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services related to this year’s targeted audiences:  faith leaders, first responders, policymakers, and youth and young adults.  These organizations, websites, toolkits, guides, and toll-free numbers are available for people to share their experiences, learn from others, and seek help from professionals.  For an expanded listing, including resources for other audiences, refer to the “Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Resources” ( document and the “Single State Agency Directory” (

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SAMHSA’s Website (  Leads efforts to reduce the impact of mental and/or substance use disorders on communities nationwide.

SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) (  Serves individuals and communities that are vital for moving the field towards a recovery orientation. BRSS TACS offers resources and opportunities to a wide audience, including, States, Territories, Tribes, direct service providers, advocates, families, and people in recovery.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) – or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD) (  Provides 24-hour, free, and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, treatment, and recovery in English and Spanish.

SAMHSA’s “Find Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment” Website (  Contains information about treatment options and special services located in your area.

SAMHSA’s Recovery to Practice Initiative (RTP) (  Incorporates the vision of recovery into the concrete and everyday practice of mental health professionals in all disciplines.

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center) (  Enhances acceptance and social inclusion by ensuring that people with mental illness can live full, productive lives within communities without fear of prejudice and discrimination.  It provides information and assistance to develop successful efforts to counteract prejudice and discrimination and promote social inclusion. (  Contains information on finding health insurance options, using insurance, the Affordable Care Act, comparing providers, and prevention and wellness resources.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (  Enforces the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (  Provides a free, 24-hour helpline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Wellness Week (  Aims to inspire individuals, families, behavioral health and primary care providers, and peer-run, faith-based, and other community organizations to improve their health behaviors, while also exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their lives as part of a holistic lifestyle.

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Faith Leaders:

Building Bridges – People in Recovery from Addictions and Mental Health Problems (  Recaps a meeting to consider a unified definition of recovery that would capture the essential experiences of individuals recovering from addictions or mental illness.  Summarizes dialogue themes, outcomes, and recommendations for further consideration.

Clergy Recovery Network (CRN) (  Mentors ministry professionals through personal crises and early recovery and guides their ministries toward spiritual and organizational health before, during, and after leadership crisis.

Interfaith Health Program (IHP) (  Works to build the capacity for collaboration among faith groups and with other community assets such as religious health systems and public health entities.  The Institute is part of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (  The Partnership Center leads the Department of Health and Human Service’s efforts to build and support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations in order to better serve individuals, families, and communities in need.

Faith Communities Today (  Faith Communities Today is a series of ongoing research surveys and practical reports about congregational life, conducted and published by the Cooperative Congregations Studies Partnership, a multi-faith group of religious researchers and faith leaders.

Volunteers of America (VOA) (  Supports and empowers America's most vulnerable groups, including veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions.

First Responders:

American Red Cross (  Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Building Bridges – Mental Health Consumers and Representatives of the Disaster Response Community in Dialogue (  Recaps a meeting on issues related to interactions between mental health consumers and representatives of the disaster response community. Offers recommendations to improve these relationships to promote recovery from mental health problems.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program (  Works with mental health consumers and family members.  Its goal is to set a standard of excellence for our officers with respect to treatment of individuals with mental illness.  Officers are provided with the best quality training available, and they will be part of a specialized team, which can respond to a crisis at any time. They will work with the community to resolve each situation in a manner that shows concern for the citizen’s well-being.

FEMA App (  Contains disaster safety tips, an interactive emergency kit list, emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers.

Mental Health First Aid Program (  Helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  Those who take the 8-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The National Preparedness Month Toolkit (  Includes suggestions for activities and events that state, local, tribal and territorial governments, business, non-governmental organizations, and community organizations could sponsor to promote National Preparedness Month.  This toolkit also includes templates and drafts of newsletter articles, blogs, posters, and other collateral material.

Opioid Overdose Toolkit (  Equips communities and local governments with material to develop policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

@Readygov Twitter Account (  Provides real-time safety tips and preparedness news and resources.

Ready Responder Toolkit (  Produced by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), helps first responders and their families to prepare for emergencies.  It also includes messaging tips and methods to engage the media and other externals audiences about being prepared for emergency situations.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990):  Provides crisis counseling and support to individuals in distress related to disaster, in order to help them move forward on the path of recovery.


Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (  Protects and advances the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities.

Building Bridges – Consumers and Representatives of the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems in Dialogue (  Recaps a meeting on issues related to mental health consumers in the criminal justice system. It discusses individual- and system-level factors that promote or hinder recovery, and offers recommendations for system transformation to improve recovery.

Faces and Voices of Recovery’s Recovery Advocacy Toolkit (  Provides resources such as how-to guides for advocating on recovery initiatives and local campaigns.

International Association of Peer Supporters (  Promotes peer support in mental health systems.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) (  Provides a summary and resources on health reform, including, provisions to expand coverage, control health care costs, and improvements to the health care delivery system.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) (  Supports the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every state.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) (  Serves as the national representative and advocate for state mental health agencies and their directors and supports effective stewardship of state mental health systems.

National Civic League (NCL) (  Promotes civic engagement and inclusive forms of community building and problem solving by providing information and models on local government organization and practice.

National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (  Ensures that consumer/survivors have a major voice in the development and implementation of health care, mental health, and social policies at the state and national levels, empowering people to recover and lead a full life in the community.

State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) (  Represents treatment and prevention programs for substance use disorders. 

Society for Public Health Education’s Guide to Effectively Educating State and Local Policymakers (  Facilitates the action steps needed to educate policymakers on relevant health policy issues.

Youth and Young Adults:

Active Minds (  Empowers students to speak openly about mental health to educate others and encourage help-seeking.

Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) (  Advocates for the promotion, strengthening, and expansion of secondary and post-secondary programs designed for students and families committed to achieving success in both education and recovery.

Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) – Collegiate Recovery Programs (  Provides education, resources and support for emerging, growing and sustaining collegiate recovery programs in higher education

College Drinking:  Changing the Culture (  Provides comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students, including online tools for parents, students, and administrators.

Get Smart about Drugs (  Provides resources and information for parents related to substance use disorders and commonly misused substances.

Helping Young People Experience Recovery (HYPER) (  Promotes the positive impact of addiction recovery in the community and the lives of individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction.

Just Think Twice (  Provides facts, information, and resources about substance use.

Making and Keeping Friends – A Self-Help Guide (  Emphasizes the value of friends in the recovery process and describes self-help activities for making new friends, keeping friendships strong, establishing and honoring boundaries, resolving problems, and building skills that enhance friendships.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics (  Eliminates the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families.

ReachOut (  Offers information and support services to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues.  All content is written by teens and young adults.

Speaking Out for Yourself – A Self-help Guide (  Gives self-help tips on how to become a strong self-advocate, and emphasizes the importance of understanding patient rights.  It provides assertiveness tips for dealing with daily issues, and describes how to create a plan for when others need to take over.

Teen Challenge International (  Provides youth, adults, and families with effective and comprehensive faith-based solutions to life-controlling alcohol and drug problems.

Youth M.O.V.E. National (  Unites the voices of individuals who have experienced various community systems, including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Young People in Recovery (YPR) (  Engages individuals and entities at all levels to empower young people to find and sustain recovery.

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