Advocacy is a non-partisan website designed to educate politicians and voters about mental health issues in North Carolina.
The Bazelon Center offers comprehensive information on the laws that protect the rights of individuals with mental illness. Helpful links describe the rights of these individuals in specific areas of life, including housing, employment, education and more.
The web site for the Treatment Advocacy Center explains issues relative to policy and practice in the arena of mental health. It also includes medical resources and legal information specific to each state; information on eliminating barriers; and it promotes laws, policies, and practices for psychiatric care.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a non-profit support and advocacy organization comprised of clients, friends, and family members of people with mental illness. The web site targets education, support, and action as the primary resource links. Visitors can also find links to local NAMI chapters.
Mental Health America is network of community-based mental health associations providing advocacy, education, programs, and services. The site includes links to state affiliates, such as the one for North Carolina: The North Carolina state affiliate site also provides links to many county affiliates. For instance, The Mental Health Association of Orange County provides a pro-bono therapy network, family supports, and mentoring programs.
The Campaign for Mental Health Reform is a coalition of 17 national groups working to provide a united voice of federal mental health policy by monitoring legislation and administrative initiatives.
The Carter Center's Program on Mental Health provides advocacy at all levels and places special emphasis on reducing stigma and discrimination. The organization promotes parity and integration of mental health services across all aspects of mental health care. The program also sponsors a fellowship for journalists as a direct way of targeting stigma.
The UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration is a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) focused on promoting community integration for people with psychiatric disabilities.
This web site of the National Disability Rights Network offers a broad perspective addressing the rights of individuals with any type of disability, and offers links to current issues that affect access to equal opportunity.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission web site provides information regarding issues relevant to fair practices in the work place.
The NC Consumer Advocacy, Networking and Support Organization (NC-CANSO) is a consumer-operated organization that seeks to represent and address the needs and goals of people who use mental health, developmental disability, and/or substance abuse services. The organization's web site is primarily a blog. This site is currently under construction, in the interim, please use the next link below this one.
North Carolina Consumer Advocacy, Networking, and Support Organization (NC-CANSO)
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. This is a membership organization for state officials providing mental health services. The web site includes links to policy papers, such as Implementing recovery-based care: Tangible guidelines for state mental health agencies.
North Carolina Mental Hope is a group working to increase public awareness, decrease stigma, and promote the civil and human rights of those with mental illness.
The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services is a group of legislators from the NC General Assembly who are appointed to provide oversight to the service system.