Resources & General Information

Bluegrass encourages everyone to explore information from trusted and accurate resources. The sites listed below offer research-based information on mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI Since 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. http://www.nami.org/

MentalHealth.gov - MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide; the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems and local communities https://www.mentalhealth.gov/

National Institute of Mental Health - NIMH Get the latest information from NIMH about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of various mental illnesses. Included are brochures and information sheets, reports, press releases, fact sheets, and other educational materials. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

Mental Health America - MHA was founded in 1909 and is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. http://www.nmha.org/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. http://www.samhsa.gov/


Substance Use

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – NIAAA is one of the 27 institutes and centers comprising the National Institutes of Health. NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/

National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.http://www.drugabuse.gov/

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse - NCASA is a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction and conducts research to contribute to the knowledge base about substance use, addictive behaviors, and addictions and to inform science-based policy and practice recommendations.  http://www.centeronaddiction.org

American Society of Addiction Medicine - ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 4,300 physicians, clinicians and professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. http://www.asam.org

Addiction Resource Addiction Resource - provides a community for those recovering from addiction with a goal to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so they stay on the road to recovery and successfully overcome addiction for life. We believe in our ability to help improve the lives of others and that belief is what motivates us to educate and support our readers every day. https://addictionresource.com


Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities http://aaidd.org/

Centers for Disease Control - Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities - The mission of NCBDDD is to study and address the causes of birth defects; help children reach their potential by understanding developmental disabilities; reduce complications of blood disorders; and improve the health of people living with disabilities. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/index.html  

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services - Department of Mental Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities DDID comprises three branches: Clinical Services, the Community Support and the Supports for Community Living Waiver http://dbhdid.ky.gov/kdbhdid/default.aspx