Other Disability Related Links

Note: By selecting one of the links listed below, you will leave the Department of Human Services' Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities web site and go to the various pages listed below.  These links have been identified by Department staff or suggested by others as being of possible interest to our site's users and they are listed here as a courtesy in that regard.   While these sites have all, at one time or other, been personally used by Department staff or others known to the Department, they are not regularly checked and are never updated by Department staff.  For that reason, the Department cannot vouch for the content of these pages.  If a link is no longer operational or other problems result by following a link below, please notify Jim Overland (jovera@dhs.state.ia.us).

If you are looking for aging and disability resources:  http://www.lifelonglinks.org/

The Arc of Iowa: http://homepages.isunet.net/arciowa/

The Arc of the United States: http://www.thearc.org/

Brain Injuries, Advisory Council onhttp://www.idph.state.ia.us/sa/hprom/brain.htm

The Brain Injury Association of Iowa supports, assists, and advocates for persons with acquired brain injury and for their families.  It works to secure and develop community based services and encourages research, establishes support groups, and provides access to pertinent information and resources.  It also educates the public and increases statewide awareness of brain injury as a serious disability with lifelong consequences through the development and distribution of informational materials, news, and notices of conferences, symposia, and other meetings:  http://www.biaia.org/ or 1-800-444-6443.

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare: http://www.cachildwelfareclearinghouse.org/
Rates treatments, interventions, and child welfare practices on the basis of efficacy as shown by scientific evidence.

The Campbell Collaboration: http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/
An international research network that produces systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, and social justice.

Casey Family Programs: http://www.casey.org/
Contains many resources including “Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care: Review of Research Literature” by Landsverk et al. (2006) and “Improving Family Foster Care: Findings from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study” by Pecora et al. (2005). Also check the “Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System.”

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice: http://cecp.air.org/center.asp
Supports and fosters the development of children with or at risk for serious emotional disturbance.

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities:  www.bu.edu/sarpsych

Chadwick Center for Children and Families: http://www.chadwickcenter.com/kauffman.htm
The aim of the Kauffman report is to identify the leading interventions for children with abuse histories.

Chaffin & Friedrich (2004), “Evidence-based Treatments in Child Abuse and Neglect”:
http://www.cachildwelfareclearinghouse.org/files/EBP%20in%20child%20abuse%20and%20neglect--Chaffin%20and%20Friedrich.pdf
The aim was to present the most rigorously researched and most commonly provided interventions organized by type of trauma (eg. neglect; physical abuse; sexual abuse)

The Cochrane Collaboration: http://www.cochrane.org/
Improving healthcare decision-making through systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions.

The Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national financial and technical assistance intermediary dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations develop and operate service-enriched permanent housing for homeless and at-risk families and individuals with special needs, including mental illness, HIV/AIDS and substance use issues:  http://www.csh.org/

Disability Related WWW Sites
: http://thearc.org/misc/dislnkin.html

Disability Resource Library: http://www.uiowa.edu/uhs/drlmain.html

Disability Training: http://www.disabilitytraining.org/

Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team: http://www.iowadbhrt.org/

For information on Drugs and Treatment: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/.  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP

Duke University Program on Psychiatric Advance Directives (information, toolkits, links, laws, statutes, and history related to Psychiatric Advance Directives and Health Care Agents for persons with mental illnesses):  http://pad.duhs.duke.edu/

Duke University Services Effectiveness Research Program (descriptions of ongoing projects in the area of mental health): http://serp.mc.duke.edu/

Employment Policy Group (formerly known as Iowa Creative Employment Options), at the Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa
Home Page: http://e-epg.info/

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (Iowa affiliate) Home Page: http://www.iffcmh.org

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (National organization) Home Page: http://www.ffcmh.org/

Foster Family-Based Treatment Association: http://www.ffta.org/
Publishes an Evidence-based Practices Resource Guide.

If you need Gambling Treatment: http://www.1800betsoff.org/default.asp

Health or Human Services resource information:  http://211iowa.org/

Iowa Centers for Independent Living: http://members.aol.com/trilc/iowalink.html

Iowa COMPASS: http://www.iowacompass.org/

Iowa County Management Plan Policy and Procedures Manuals Best Practices Materials (from the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology, Infotech): http://www.uiowa.edu/infotech/CPC.htm

Iowa Creative Employment Options (now known as Employment Policy Group)
Home Page: http://e-epg.info/

Iowa Concern Hotline: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/ or call 1-800-447-1985

Iowa Finance Authority Home Page: http://www.ifahome.com/

Iowa Program on Assistive Technology: http://www.iowaat.org/

The Iowa Respite &Crisis Care Coalition:   http://www.irccc.com/

Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities: http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/cdd/ucedd/

Magellan Behavioral Health: http://www.magellanassist.com/

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: http://www.nctsnet.org/
Check the Empirically Supported Treatments and Promising Practices sections. Their listing includes treatments for all types of trauma, not only child maltreatment.

National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/ncvc/
The Center has a variety of reports available, including: * Kaufman Best Practices Project report (2004) from the Chadwick Center for Children and Families (“Closing the Quality Chasm in Child Abuse Treatment: Identifying and Disseminating Best Practices,” 48 pages). * A review by Saunders (2002, revised 2004) titled “Child Physical & Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment” (137 pages). * Kolko & Saunders (2002) “Assessing & Treating Physically Abused Children and their Families”

National Implementation Research Network: http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~nirn/
Summarizes findings from the review of the research literature on implementation and proposes frameworks for understanding effective implementation processes.

The National Mental Health Information Center of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/

National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illnesshttp://www.prainc.com/nrc

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (MPG): http://www.dsgonline.com/mpg2.5/mpg_index.htm
The Model Programs Guide (MPG) database of evidence-based programs covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry. It addresses a range of issues, including substance abuse, mental health, and education programs.

If you are experiencing grief or sadness over a pethttp://www.vetmed.iastate.edu/animal_owners/caf/main.asp Pet loss support line:  888-478-7574

The Program for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Home Page:  http://www.pathprogram.com/

Project Recovery Iowa is helping Iowans impacted by the 2008 natural disasters.  Services are provided by mental health professionals in Iowa.  Our counselors can provide needed support during the recovery process and help people regain a sense of control over their lives.  For more information, please visit the following site: http://www.projectrecoveryiowa.org/

Ticket To Hope Program: Provides free counseling sessions to individuals and families who need assistance in coping with the afteraffects of the 2008 disasters.  Please click here for more information http://www.tickettohope.org/

Promising Practices Network: http://www.promisingpractices.net/programs_evidence.asp
This site provides descriptions of evaluated programs that improve outcomes for children and has reports including: “Developmental Status and Early Intervention Service Needs of Maltreated Children” (February, 2008).

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREEP): www.modelprograms.samhsa.gov/
NREPP is an online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. These are programs that have been scientifically tested and can readily be disseminated to the field. Information on general mental health issues is available through SAMHSA’s Mental Health Information Center at:
http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/

If you are in crisis or are in risk of self harm - http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 12: http://www.div12.org/PsychologicalTreatments/index.html
Provides information about effective treatments for psychological disorders and the research to support the treatment.

If you are a Runaway or need information: http://www.1800runaway.org/ If you are a teenager or know one who needs a place to talk in Iowa:  Teen line 1-800-443-8336 or 800-735-2942 (TT, TTY)

The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC), a national organization that works to achieve positive outcomes on behalf of people with disabilities or
other special needs by providing state of the art information, capacity
building, and technical expertise to organizations and policymakers in the
areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services, and affordable housing:  http://www.tacinc.org/

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Human Services Policy, Room 404E, Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation, 200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20201,
FAX: (202) 690-6562 or download from http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/Children-CPS/litrev/report.pdf
Literature Review: “Developmental Problems of Maltreated Children and Early Intervention Options for Maltreated Children,” by Wiggins, Fenichel & Mann, 2007. This document reviews developmental problems of maltreated children and interventions that are proven or may prove useful. Also check for “Systems of Care: Promising Practices in Children’s Mental Health” (2000), a three-volume series.

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