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Washington Nonprofit and State Organizations

Washington Nonprofit and State Organizations for ADHD concerns

Support and Information      Find a provider          Parenting Classes    

 Educational Issues     Low income Help

 

Support and Information 

ADHD and Mental Health Nonprofits

 Parent Support groups Puget Sound area – CHADD – Children and Adults with ADHD

ADHD information and Support   ADD freeSources

NAMI  is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health. They work to raise awareness and provide essential and free referral, support, education, and outreach surrounding mental illness.

NAMI Washington has 23 NAMI affiliates  

NAMI – Greater Seattle

 

 Find a Provider

Learning Disabilities Association of Washington (LDAWA) provides a referral service to connect individuals – parents, children, teens, adults, and professionals – with resources throughout the Puget Sound. Learning Disabilities Association of Washington is a state affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.  New Online Directory

Call 211 to locate appropriate treatment and agencies. There’s also a website if you want to search for  yourself. ADHD, Learning Disabilities or Parenting classes yield good results. Washington Information Network – 211

Washington State ADHD Treatment Providers – Note: ADD freeSources does not endorse or recommend any provider or services listed. Nor should not being on the list affect your choice of provider. Most of these were chosen because they were associated with ADD Resources or local CHADD groups at some time.

Ark Institute of Learning in Tacoma assists students with a variety of learning challenges including; dyslexia, language disorder,  nonverbal learning disorder/visual-spatial processing disorder, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, specific learning disorder or disability, and attention issues. Provides assessments, training, and support – – Nonprofit, but services are billed at a regular rate.

Parenting Classes

CHADD’s  Parent to Parent Training – 14 hour Webinar Course

Puget Sound Parenting Calendar  → http://www.psasadler.org/calendar.pdf from the Puget Sound Adlerian Society (Give it a minute to load) Copy and paste URL

 

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

Services and locations

Low-cost Parenting classes and counseling available at some locations

 

Education Issues Washington State

Washington P.A.V.E. Parent resource detailing the rights of children with disabilities to a free and appropriate education. 1-800-572-7368.

  • Parent training Centers – Statewide Parent Training Information Center (PTI) is a federally funded program that provides training, resources, and support for parents in Washington State whose children have special learning needs, individuals with disabilities, professionals – anyone interested in people with disabilities. Staff and volunteers work with you one-to-one or provide workshops on various aspects of obtaining appropriate services in the public school system.
  • Conducts workshops for parents and others on laws governing special education, testing and assessment, IEP’s, communication, 504 plans and other topics as needed.
  • Staff assists parents individually to increase skills in working with their children’s teachers, therapists, and other team members to obtain appropriate educational services.
  • Has volunteer community liaisons who assist parents.
  • Provides information about resources and specialists in your community.
  • Has information about resources and laws in Washington and other states.
  • Office of the Education Ombudsman is an agency within the Governor’s Office created to help elementary and secondary public school students and families in Washington understand how the public school system works, how to find education-related resources and how to resolve conflict with schools. This organization is independent and neutral and not a part of the state public education system.

Staff  Seattle office-Toll-free: 1-866-297-2597
Phone interpreter services available
Fax: 206-729-3251
OEOinfo@gov.wa.gov

 

Low Income Help

Diagnosis and Treatment for Children

Catholic Community Services in Whatcom and Skagit Counties offers specialized ADHD assessment, counseling, and case coordination for children of families with low income. Treatment includes collaboration regarding medication evaluation and management with primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and community clinicians. The clinic also provides parent education, behavior management classes, school consultation, and parent/teacher education.

Child Development Clinic – University of Washington has been operating since 1965 and serves approximately 200 children each year. Each child visits the clinic one to three times during the year and is served by multiple clinicians at each visit. About 80% of clients seen at this clinic are less than nine years of age. Over 50% of children served are insured by Medicaid.

Clients are diagnosed with an array of developmental disabilities including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, motor disabilities, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, communication disorders, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

 

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

Services and locations

Low cost Parenting classes and counseling available at some locations

 

Hope Sparks – Tin Can Alley in downtown Tacoma

Offers core behavioral health programs – Counseling, parent education and family support

 

Please help complete these resources. These are what I had saved in my files from 3 years ago with updated links.  Leave a comment if you know of other organizations and services that pertain to ADHD.

 

ADHD Websites

ADD websites    Non-profits    Starter Information   Popular sites
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“The most important things we can offer Children & Adults with ADHD are: Love, Acceptance, Respect & Empathy… In the absence of these things, all of the Other things you do are unimportant” – Sam Goldstein

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention ADHD section. Attractive, ADD-Friendly format- complete, but concise- offers basic information about ADHD and children, but provides links to help you find out more. (Mostly to CHADD or the National Resource Center)

National Resource Center on ADHD: a Program of CHADD is the nation’s clearinghouse for science-based information about all aspects of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRC provides information on this disorder which affects how children and adults function on a daily basis. www.help4adhd.org – The National Resource Center also provides a series of information sheets on AD/HD. See the complete list of the What We Know (WWK) printouts. Note: You can email or talk to a resource specialist to get personalized help.

 

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

CHADD  CHADD stands for Children and Adults with ADHD. CHADD has a national headquarters and approximately 200 local chapters that hold monthly meetings and offers a professional directory (with paid listings.) They provide a wealth of free information on both their own site and  link to The National Resource Center for ADHD for even more. CHADD National puts on a large annual international conference and publishes the bi-monthly magazine Attention – (One of many membership benefits which include access to their many members-only articles) Free monthly e-news.

ADDA – ADDA stands for the National ADD Association for Adults. They send out e-mails to keep you up-to-date and feature a Professional Directory. Collecting personal stories from readers and offering Virtual Peer Support.  Webinars are Free for Members ($50 a year or $5 a month) or $10 each.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association Southern Regions  Very active in Texas! Many volunteers help support their work and can offer information in areas they cannot serve with a support group. Good variety of articles both posted and linked.

 

STARTER INFORMATION

Children

Help4Kids– Great site developed by Tufts University to help families, teachers, children, and clinicians find answers to some of their questions about ADHD. Each section is set up in a question-answer format so you can either read through all of the information in that section or look up answers to your specific questions only.  They also link to other sites for additional information.

Healthy Children’s ADHD section features a number of articles from 3 paragraphs to 3 pages long. Topics cover a number of general as well as more specific concerns for ages 3-18 – From the American Pediatrics Association

Kids Health -The #1 most-visited website for children’s health and development. – The Nemours Foundation sponsors a website for Parents, Kids and Teens – each has their own section. Covers any and all aspects of children’s health concerns. Available in Spanish and you may add audio to most articles if reading is a problem. Use the Search option- Just type in ADHD– or just start browsing for other concerns.

ADHD Resource Center from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists – Includes Facts for Families with up-to-date information, video clips plus an eBook.

 

Children and Adults

Help Guide.org is a site founded by the Rotary Club International. They have a quite a good ADHD section,  but they also address MANY other concerns of modern life – Mental and Emotional Life, Family and Relationships, Healthy Living, Seniors, and Aging. Note – Help Guide offers an unusual, but possibly transformative feature- The Emotional Intelligence Control Course 

The Times Health Guide: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Good overview with additional articles and Q&A with Russell Barkley, Ph.D. – Start here!  ADHD Patient Voices3-minute podcasts with slide shows for 8 children, teen and adult speakers.

POPULAR ADHD SITES

ADDitude.mag – A complete site sponsored by ADDitude magazine, a national bi-monthly magazine for the ADHD community. Short, pertinent articles address a host of AD/HD concerns. Learn about family support options for Attention Deficit Disorder as well as many topics specific to adult issues. Just added a Networking section to their site – with Forums, Blogs, Videos and listings for nationwide ADHD events – Great e-newsletter

ADD About.com – Keath Lowe moderates the site, keeps a Blog, sponsors a Forum and expands the site every day- Up to date and easy to read- Their Coping with ADHD section has a wonderful selection of on-point and useful information.

Totally ADD! for adults –  Some pretty good Information and a lot of just plain fun. Quick videos address a number of common concerns of adults with ADD. Blog and ADHD screening tools- Constantly adding more videos and now providing  FREE Webcasts– (recorded and available for view anytime)

 ADDvance.com – Answers to your Questions about ADD(ADHD) with Patricia Quinn, MD and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. Offers insightful, yet practical information addressed to many different ADD audiences, although women and girls receive special attention.  (Note: Many articles formerly posted on the site have been “packaged” according to topic and downloads are available to purchase.) They do offer a Free “ADD-Friendly Living” e-newsletter.

Health Central.com / ADHD Central– Hosted by Elaine Bailey, long time moderator for AboutADD.com, this site offers a number of articles covering a variety of topics for all ages, a few interactive learning opportunities, some videos and a Community Forum. (I like the Share-Post section) Use the top bar to navigate the site for specific topics and features.

Web MD has a large section devoted to ADHD. Copy and paste: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/default.htm –  They offer a very well organized and informative overview of the disorder. Articles are generally short and somewhat impersonal, but they’ve tried to cover it all. They even have Videos (prefaced with short ads- indeed many videos are advertisements themselves for supplemental treatments), keep up- to-date on ADHD news and monitor an online community.

Healthy Place.com – Another good starting place- ADHD section addresses a number of common concerns and needs. Most are short, introductory articles, but they cover a  number of topics.

 

SOCIAL NETWORKS

ADHD – ADD freeSources on Pinterest – Over 15,000 Pins featuring articles, images and other commentary on ADHD and related topics.  60 boards offer information for parents, adults with ADHD,  professionals as well as for children and teens.

ADHD – Tales of an Absent-Minded Superhero – Facebook page of Stacey Turis, author of Here’s to Not Catching our Hair on Fire. Over 195,00 Likes. Focus on Adult ADHD and family concerns

See Find ADD Support for more on-line support communities.

 

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Finding Mental Health Services

Finding Mental Health Services

This article is part of the series: Find Treatment and Support. You may want to start there.

InformationFind Treatment Non-profits

How to Access Behavioral Health or Mental Health Services – Good article on insurance and descriptions of mental health professionals

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Extensive information for Families relevant to many disorders: Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar disorder, Conduct disorder, Depression and Oppositional Defiant disorder.

Find Treatment

Find low cost and or government sponsored clinics – Nationwide – A searchable directory of mental health treatment facilities and support services from SAMHSA.gov

Locate Affordable Healthcare in Your Area
HRSA health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide:
• checkups when you’re well
• treatment when you’re sick
• complete care when you’re pregnant
• immunizations and checkups for your children
• dental care and prescription drugs for your family
• mental health and substance abuse care if you need it

SAMHSA Health Information Network Behavioral Health
Treatment and Substance Abuse Services Locator

Local Searches
Use Google. I had good results using the words community mental health with your county and or state.

Let your fingers do the walking. Check the Community Pages in your local phone book under Mental Health for local federally funded clinics. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, most insurances and they should adjust their rate according to your income. How to qualify for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

If you qualify for Medicaid, you’re covered in full. (Note: most clinics will diagnose and treat children with ADHD, but many will not treat adults. Some areas do not consider ADHD in adults to be serious enough to qualify for treatment, but will treat if it’s in combination with another mental disorder.)

Note: Make sure to Look for hospitals with Mental Health or Behavioral Health treatment as well. They’re not just for emergencies.

Online Directories

Check these Medical Directories:
Professional Medical Directories

Professional Medical directories with search options

The Medicare Participating Physician Directory can assist you in finding a psychiatrist who accepts Medicare. Copy and paste: https://www.medicare.gov/physiciancompare/

Non-profits for Help and Support

Mental Health America.net is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. Provides information, advocacy and direct help to consumers in many states. Although they don’t cover all states, there are 320 affiliates nationwide. – Especially see their Get Help section – Many of the resources don’t apply directly to ADHD, but out of such a great selection- you should find something. – The site’s Get Info section is extensive!

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. NAMI has organizations in all 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. There are also more than 1,200 local affiliates spanning all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Provides information, support and advocacy. www.nami.org

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH): A national parent-run non-profit organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.
Chapters/ State Locator

PACER for Parent Centers – Parent Centers serve families of all ages (birth to 26) and all disabilities (physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional). They provide a variety of services including one-on-one support and assistance, workshops, publications, and Web sites. Find the Parent Centers in your area

For more information, see our Board below: Mental Health and Comorbidities Websites.

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