Useful Links

Find resources regarding:

Advocacy Mental Health Conditions
Government Disaster Relief
Housing Jobs & Schools
Children/Adolescents/Youth Recovery
Research & Treatment Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs)
Special Needs Attorneys



Alcohol/Drug Council of North Carolina (ADCNC) – provider of advocacy, information and referral services and public education for the state on alcohol and other substance abuse addiction. ADCNC believes addiction is a preventable and treatable chronic disease and that substance abuse treatment and prevention services should be available and accessible in the primary health care system.

Join Together – Site dedicated to advancing effective drug and alcohol policy, prevention and treatment

North Carolina Mental Hope – Our efforts also include awareness efforts directed toward the media, public and policymakers with, a resource of updated daily news from across the nation and the NCAdvocacy discussion group, a network of more than 100 mental health advocates from across the state. We also maintain a number of email lists to update advocates and the media statewide on issues of concern. And from our “legislative contact page,” citizens are able to conveniently email elected officials, including the entire General Assembly if so desired.

Disability Rights North Carolina – This is the protection and advocacy agency for North Carolina. site describes what it does, what its priorities are, and regional and state phone numbers to call for assistance or to report abuse.

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – The pre-eminent source of information about legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with a mental disability.

Coalition for Persons Disabled by Mental Illness – The new CPDMI website has a powerful advocacy tool (Capital Advantage Legislative link).

Treatment and Advocacy Center – TAC’s focus is to change our legal system’s direction on “assisted treatment”.  Contains a model law for assisted treatment, and a convenient reference section containing mental illness treatment statutes by state.

Mental Health Conditions

Bipolar Disorder

National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association – The consumer organization representing the 23 million Americans who suffer from depression and manic-depression, also known as bipolar disorder.


Dr. Ivan’s DEPRESSION CENTRAL – In spite of its name, a great source of information about depression.

Schizophrenia – This unique and incredible site by Brian Chiko is beyond description, except to say that if you or a family member have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, it has much to offer.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Coming soon!

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

National Center for PTSD

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association Facts about eating disorders from Beachway Therapy Center, South Florida. 


CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy, and support for individuals with ADHD.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Substance Use

Start Standing’s How to Avoid Opioids and Surgery for Back Pain

Rehab.Help’s Guide to Heroin Addiction

Rehab Center’s List of NC Substance Abuse Treatment Centers


The NC General Assembly

The US House of Representatives

The US Senate Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone – Information and resources

Center for Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare Solutions – Ultimate Medicare Resource Page

Guide on How to Choose the Right Healthcare Provider

NC Child’s Medicaid Transformation Fact Sheet – Big changes are coming to NC Medicaid and Health Choice (CHIP). Families will have a new world of health care decisions to navigate. Here’s a new resource to help.

NC Division of Medical Assistance Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) – Counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and long-term care insurance. The counselors on our toll-free line offer free and unbiased information regarding Medicare health care products. We also help people recognize and prevent Medicare billing errors and possible fraud and abuse through our NC SMP Program. Since the program’s creation in 1986, SHIIP has become a role model for other states and has received two national awards for “innovative” and “exemplary” service.

NC Health Choice for Children Addiction Treatment and Your Health Coverage – You can and should get cost-effective and valuable addiction treatment when it’s needed. Educating yourself on your health plan, your state’s laws and the steps to get care make that an achievable goal. Visit this site for more information.

Social Security On-Line – The web site of the social security administration.  Look for Disability information and, Employment support for people with disabilities.

Together Rx Access – Individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can gain access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products at their neighborhood pharmacies. Through this website, we also connect you with resources about the Affordable Care Act, health insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplace, individual pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs, and other patient assistance resources.

North Carolina Council of Community Programs – Find your LME (Local Management Entity). Formally known as NC Area Mental Health Programs

Veterans Network

Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief Resource Guide from NAMI National

Hope 4 NC is a crisis response team mobilized to help survivors of natural disasters. They have partnered with local schools, churches, and behavioral health centers to bring help and hope to anyone suffering. Call 1-855-587-3463; the helpline is open 24/7/365.


NC Housing Coalition – Information by NC  County about apartments, group homes, Section 8 and other help with housing.

Opening Doors – Opening Doors is a housing initiative designed to provide information and technical assistance on affordable housing issues to people with disabilities, their families, advocates, and service providers across the United States.  The best resource available on the web for housing advocacy.

United Way NC 211 – Help finding emergency food, clothing, health care, shelter, and many other issues

Senior Homes – Find assisted living, independent living, memory/Alzheimer’s care, retirement communities and more.

Group Homes

Group Homes in NC

Jobs and School

Handling your Psychiatric Disability in Work and School –  This site is from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University. A terrific resource for ADA protections under the law, and practical advice.

Psychology Degree Online – A comprehensive directory of psychology degree programs online.

Social Work Degree Online – A comprehensive directory of social work degree requirements, licensing processes, and the different types of social work careers.

Financial Aid Series for Students with Disabilities:
Disability Specific Scholarships
Additional Scholarships
Guide to Affordable Housing


NC Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families -The North Carolina State Collaborative for Children and Families, through a System of Care framework, provides a forum for collaboration, advocacy, and action among families, public and private child and family-serving agencies and community partners to improve outcomes for all children, youth and families.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) – ECAC is a private non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law – The Wrightslaw web site is designed for families, advocates, educators, and attorneys looking for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities, including those with mental illnesses.

NC Families United – Children/youth with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families will have a person-centered, family driven System of Care to ensure their independence, safety, happiness and success in their homes, school and community.

ADHD a Shared Focus -Whether you have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or you care for someone who does, ADHD & You is dedicated to helping you understand ADHD and how it is managed. Click above for information, tips, resources, and more.

LD Online -LD Online is the world’s leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.

National Insititute of Mental Health (NIMH) – The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) – The nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) – Children, Adolescents, and Family Resources.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – CMS administers the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) programs.

All Kinds of Minds – All Kinds of Minds is a non-profit Institute that helps students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise.

Autism Speaks – Dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation – A “virtual community center” with an extensive library, message boards, chat rooms, “Ask the Expert” feature, gallery of children’s art, and more by the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation.

The National Information Center for Children and Youth With Disabilities -Provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals Site features searchable database information in Spanish, fact sheets, briefing papers.

About Our Kids – New York University Child Study Center site features major mental illnesses in children, symptoms, treatment, recommended reading, Q&A, stories.

Family Support Network of North Carolina – The Central Directory of Resources is one of the programs of the Family Support Network of North Carolina. The CDR maintains a database of service providers and support organizations. By responding to prompts and searching, you will be able to identify services that are available in your county.

Weaver’s Website – A website for parents of children with brain disorders by Diane Weaver (NAMI NC Board Member). Solid advice and tips born out of experience and learning.

EducationNC – EducationNC (EdNC) seeks to expand the educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools. EdNC provides the state with data, research, news, information, and analysis of the major trends, issues, and challenges facing public schools.

Best Colleges – The transition from high school to college is a considerable process that can prove to be a source of significant pressure for students. Best Colleges has created a guide for students with psychiatric impairments.


The Recovery Village – Find Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or SMART Recovery meetings as well as other educational resources.

Addiction Helpline – from Recovery Connection offers comprehensive treatment for those tired of living a life centered on drugs or alcohol and who are ready to get their lives back together.

All Treatment – A substance abuse information database and a nationwide rehab network dedicated to addiction recovery.

Addiction Treatment Center – Our team of addiction professionals provides the most up-to-date information on addiction, treatment, and recovery. We inform our users of the realities of addiction and the options available based on their personal struggles. – is an organization dedicated to helping individuals seek recovery from alcohol addiction. Speak to one of our treatment specialists to learn more about alcohol rehab centers, treatment options, insurance, and more.

UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health – Clubhouses in North Carolina.

Research & Treatment


Choosing a psychologist – All kinds of FAQs

Psychiatric referral

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression – Go here to learn about the research programs of this private foundation and to get some useful information.

National Institute of Mental Health – The website of the federal government agency responsible for funding research into mental illness. Go here to see what directions the agency is going in, and to get some late-breaking news.

Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health – This is the entire ground-breaking report by the Surgeon General  (ed’s note: of course the report is really about Mental Illness)

UNC, Chapel Hill, Department of Psychiatry – A description of clinical services and intake, research and other information.

Interested in joining a mental health research study? Click here.

Psychiatric Advance Directives

Psychiatric Advance Directives may be used to plan for a crisis before it happens, to document a person’s specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment. Visit the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives for resources and helpful information.

Special Needs Attorneys

Nicole V. Bryan, Esq.
Vandiver & Bryan, PLLC
18809 West Catawba Ave., Ste. 102
Cornelius, NC 28036
Tel: (704)892-9355
Fax: (704)892-9309

Diana Armatage Johnston
The Van Winkle Law Firm
422 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Tel: (828)697-6196

B. Bailey Liipfert, III, CELA
Craige, Brawley, Liipfert & Walker, LLP
110 Oakwood Drive, Ste. 300
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Tel: (336)725-0583
Fax: (336)725-4677

Larry H. Rocamora
McPherson & Rocamora, PLLCS
3211 Shannon Rd., Ste. 620
Durham, NC 27707
Tel: (919)493-0584
Fax: (919)493-0856

While NAMI NC does not endorse these attorneys, they have been certified by the Special Needs Alliance: