PIC provides: education advocacy training for parents of children with disabilities, information on special education laws and processes, information on the rights and entitlements of persons with disabilities and disability awareness training for schools and communities.In addition, PIC sponsors a Parent-to-Parent Support program with support group meetings to help families cope with a disability in the family.PIC sponsors a statewide conference each year which focuses on issues and topics of interest to families of children with disabilities.
SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention provide guidance and technical assistance to DPBHS to ensure quality and effective service delivery.
The National Institute of Mental Health supports national research in the prevention and treatment of mental health problems The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law maintains a "Children’s Issues" section on their website which contains information which is of interests to children and their families.
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For more information about admission, care, treatment, release, and patient follow-up in public or private psychiatric residential facilities, contact your State mental health agencies: For Children Services: Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families 1825 Faulkland Road Wilmington, DE 19805 Phone: 302-633-2573 Fax: 302-633-2614 Website: For Adult Services: Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Department of Health and Social Services 1901 North Dupont Highway New Castle, DE 19720 Phone: 302-255-9399 Website: Each State has a protection and advocacy agency that receives funding from the Federal Center for Mental Health Services.
Agencies are mandated to protect and advocate for the rights of people with mental illnesses and to investigate reports of abuse and neglect in facilities that care for or treat individuals with mental illnesses.
These facilities, which may be public or private, include hospitals, nursing homes, community facilities, board and care homes, homeless shelters, jails, and prisons.Agencies provide advocacy services or conduct investigations to address issues that arise during transportation or admission to such facilities, during residency in them, or within 90 days after discharge from them. Hartman, Director Disabilities Law Program 913 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Phone: 302-575-0660 Fax: 302-575-0840 Statewide consumer organizations are run by and for consumers of mental health services and promote consumer empowerment.These organizations provide information about mental health and other support services at the State level and are active in addressing and advocating for mental health system issues.For information about consumer activities in your area, contact: Mental Health Association The national and local Mental Health Associations provide information on mental health issues, information about community services and advocate for improved services.National Mental Health Association Information Center 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2971 Phone: 703-684-7722 Fax: 703-684-5968 Toll-free: 800-969-6642 TTY: 800-433-5959 Website: org Mental Health Association in Delaware Community Services Building 100 West 10th Street, Suite 600 Wilmington, DE 19801 Phone: 302-654-6833 Kent/Sussex: (800) 287-6423 Website: [email protected] Alliance on Mental Illness The national and local organizations provide information on mental illness, community services, support groups and advocacy components. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203 Main 703-524-7600 Fax 703-524-9094 Help Line 800-950-6264 Website: org National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware (NAMI Delaware) 2400 W.4th Street, Wilmington DE 19805 Phone 302-427-0787 Help Line (888) 427-2643 Website: [email protected] Parent Information Center of Delaware (PIC) This is a private, non profit organization funded by the U. and Delaware Departments of Education, State of Delaware and private and corporate gifts.