U.S. Federal Departments and Agencies
"The Civil Rights Movement of this decade is Mental Health Care quality and equality."
-- Updated December 30, 2004 --


    The mission of this page is to provide links to information and resources about relevant United States federal human services departments and agencies, such as the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

      Links to Federal Departments and Programs.

    First Gov. Web Site
    FirstGov.gov, the official U.S. gateway to all government information, is the catalyst for a growing electronic government. Our work transcends the traditional boundaries of government and our vision is global - connecting the world to all U.S. government information and services. The Site Map at FirstGov is very informative and useful.

    Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
    Provides practical health care information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about health care issues.

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency that administers the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance programs. The Web site includes information about these programs, what services are available and eligibility requirements.

    Department of Health and Human Services
    The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Go to their Site Index to get an overview of what is available.

    The Federal Web Locator
    A service provided by the Villanova Center for Information Law and Policy and is intended to be the one stop shopping point for federal government information on the World Wide Web.

    Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA's mission is to promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use. Our work is a blending of law and science aimed at protecting consumers.

    A gateway consumer health and human services information Web site by the United States government that can lead you to online publications, clearinghouses, databases, Web sites, and support and self-help groups, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

    Health Resources and Services Administration
    Directs national health programs that improve the nation's health by assuring equitable access to comprehensive, quality health care for all.

    KEN -- The Knowledge Exchange Network -- All About Mental Health
    A national, one-stop source of information and resources on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services for mental illness.

    Medline will direct you to information to help answer health questions and brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government, non-profit and other health-related organizations.

    National Guidelines Clearinghouse
    Intended to make evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related abstract, summary and comparison materials widely available to health care professionals.

    National Institute of Mental Health
    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) conducts and supports research nationwide on mental illness and mental health, including studies of the brain, behavior, and mental health services. NIMH is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the principal biomedical and behavioral research agency of the United States Government. NIH is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
    SAMHSA is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses. Read more about SAMSHA at About SAMSHA.

    For a very comprehensive list of departments, agencies, groups, and resources, check the National Mental Health Association Mental Health Resource List.

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        - Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)

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