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Helpful Links

Federal/State Agencies


Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership
The Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) is committed to improving the scope, quality and access of mental health programs, services and supports for Illinois children.  Read about their most recent work and partnerships in the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership FY 09 Annual Reports at  You may also find other helpful resources and information on advocacy at the ICMHP website.

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Access information about the provider enrollment process, medication, Medicaid reimbursement, fee schedules, and request provider forms.

Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Mental Health
Information regarding mental health services, community mental health centers, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment is accessible.

SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center
A variety of information about child and adolescent mental health programs and mental health resources is offered.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

This agency’s website provides prescription drug information, new drug approvals, safety alerts, and adverse effects that are searchable by drug.

Clinical Services in Psychopharmacology

Working to improve the safety and effectiveness of psychopharmacotherapy for the treatment of emotional and behavioral disturbances in minors who are in the custody/care of the State of Illinois.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

Information about child protection, foster care, adoption, day care licensing and many other services provided by DCFS.

Professional Organizations

Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP)
A wealth of information regarding legislative issues, educational programs, advocacy, and reimbursement may be obtained from this organization’s website.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
This organization’s website provides information and resources for physicians, allied professionals, as well as families. Educational opportunities for Pediatricians and Primary Care Clinicians and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder are also available.

Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP)
The IAFP is a professional medical society dedicated to maintaining high standards of family medicine.

Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care (EDOPC)
The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP), the Advocate Health Care Healthy Steps Program, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), and the Ounce of Prevention Fund work together to define developmentally-oriented primary care and identify training and technical assistance needs for Illinois pediatric care providers.

Children’s Mental Health Advocacy

TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University

A national policy and resource center devoted to increasing youth access to regular mental health checkups. TeenScreen Primary Care and TeenScreen Schools and Communities provide free tools for physicians and school professionals and support screening efforts in 43 states and more than 700 communities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Information about early identification, intervention, and psychotropic medication can be found at NAMI’s Child and Adolescent Action Center.

Mental Health of America Illinois (MHAI)
An organization providing advocacy, education, and linkages to community mental health services. Information about MHAI can be accessed on this website.

Children’s Mental Health

Guidelines for Adolescent Depression – Primary Care (GLAD-PC)
This website offers recommended guidelines to address screening, diagnosis, and treatment of adolescents. A link is available to access the Toolkit developed to assist primary care providers in implementing the GLAD-PC guidelines.

American Academy of Pediatrics’ Children’s Mental Health
Information about education and training related to treating children’s mental health in primary care settings is available.

National Institute of Mental Health
Available information includes research, treatment, and medication concerning mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.

Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code
Details the rights, procedures and provisions for mental health and developmental disabilities services in Illinois.