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  • Academic Achievement

    • AboutSchool.com (01-08-04) -- Provides help with a wide range of school subjects for kids K-12. Education resources for parents, teachers and kids.
    • Educational Testing Services (03-18-04) -- For students with disabilities who are taking the SAT and other standardized ETS tests, ETS provides online "Guidelines for Documentation of Psychiatric Disabilities in Adolescents and Adults."
    • Learning Disabilities Online (03-18-04) -- This site offers information on coping with learning disabilities that stem from childhood and adolescent mental illness.

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    Agriculture

    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (06-11-04) -- The USDA is the largest conservation agency, who provides housing, modern telecommunications and information for farmers to grow their crops. They also provide safe meat, poultry, eggs, water and lead the Federal anti hunger effort.

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    Children's Mental Health

    • • National Technical Assistance Center for Children's M (11-01-07) -- A division of Georgetown University's Department of Pediatrics, the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development brings to bear its unique capacity on critical social issues of our time that affect children, families and individuals with disabilities of all ages.
    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (09-15-04) -- This site is designed to serve both AACAP Members, and Parents and Families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders which affect an estimated 7 to 12 million children and adolescents at any given time in the United States.
    • Autism Society of Minnesota (03-13-09) -- The Autism Society of Minnesota exists to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. AuSM seeks to realize its mission through education support, collaboration, and advocacy.
    • Autism Speaks (03-13-09) -- Dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.
    • Center for Social and Emotional Education (09-14-04) -- The Center for Social and Emotional Education (CSEE) is a multi disciplinary educational and professional development organization committed to working with Educators, Parents, Schools And Communities to develop proactive ways to promote academic achievement as well as preventing youth violence and other at-risk behaviors by fostering effective social and emotional education and character education for children and adolescents.
    • Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (04-20-04) -- The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation is a web-based membership organization of families whom offer support and useful "tools" to help in dealing with medications, education and other issues people face when dealing with children with the bipolar disorder.
    • Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) (05-26-11) -- CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Their expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states. Their impact is felt worldwide.
    • CMHS' Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (11-01-08) -- The Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services promotes and ensures that the mental health needs of children and their families are addressed by a "community-based system of care."
    • Focus Adolescent Services (04-19-04) -- An Internet Clearinghouse of Information, Resources and Support to help your teen and heal your family.
    • Mental Illness: What a Difference a Friend Makes (12-19-07) -- This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
    • Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (07-08-10) -- Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health new updated website! You'll find: Up to date news and resources for Professionals and Families Opportunities to serve on the MACMH Board and Volunteer A new section for Youth A new section for Infant and Early Childhood A new bookstore and event section – order and register online
    • Natl Fed of Families for Children's MH (11-01-07) -- A national family-run organization dedicated exclusively to helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better quality of life.
    • Transition Coalition (02-27-10) -- Located at the University of Kansas, Department of Special Education the Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

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    Collaboration

    • Community Toolbox (08-26-03) -- Resources to promote health and development within a community.

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    Cultural Competency

    • Relational Worldview Model from NICWA (10-30-09) -- Developed and refined by National Indian Child Welfare Association, this model is a reflection of the Native American thought process and concept of balance as the basis for health, whether of an individual, family, or organization. This model serves as NICWA's philosophy and approach to providing technical assistance.

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    Cultural Diversity

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    Data/Demographics

    • Childwelfare.com (10-27-03) -- A gateway to resources and reports on children's welfare.
    • Dept. of Ed. Releases High School MCA Test Results (07-19-04) -- Department of Education officials released test results today from the 10th grade reading and 11th grade math Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). The tests were given during a one-week period in April of 2004. Seventy-eight percent of all students who took the test in reading passed the test, while seventy percent passed the math test.
    • Jobs Now Coalition (04-15-04) -- The cost of living in Minnesota Wage and Budget calculator.
    • Projected population to 2030 for cities and townships (07-12-04) -- Estimated population figures going out to 2030 for cities and townships located outside the seven-county Twin Cities region. These population estimates are based on simple mathematical formulas. They are controlled to county populations published by the Minnesota State Demographic Center in October, 2002. The numbers do not reflect any special knowledge about individual communities that can and do affect future population.
    • Schooltree.org (07-19-04) -- Simply put, we offer a database of 94,000 public schools for anyone to search for free! We don't think parents, teachers, students, or anyone should pay for public information. To get started, go to the homepage and click any state you wish to search from there click on a county then a city then a school. Five Clicks to find any K-12 public school in America!
    • State Demographic Center (09-30-03) -- Minnesota Planning provides timely and accurate information on critical issues to policymakers and the public.

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    Disabilities

    • DisabilityInfo.gov (11-18-08) -- A collaboration among 22 Federal agencies, with information on cross-cutting issue areas including employment, benefits, housing, transportation, health care, education, civil rights, and technology.

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    Disaster Relief/Preparedness

    • codeReady (06-13-07) -- codeReady is a statewide initiative designed to help Minnesota residents get organized with personal and family preparedness in the event of a major emergency. By providing information and tools on this website, the state of Minnesota is challenging all of us to plan today for our safety and well-being in the future. Good emergency planning involves getting informed, getting you and your family prepared, then helping at local and community levels to get others prepared.
    • Disaster Response Resource Articles (03-27-09) -- Quick access to all of our Disaster Resource Articles (including brochures, manuals, coloring books) for families, children and professionals.
    • FEMA for Kids (11-19-04) -- This site teaches children how to be prepared for disasters such as earthquakes, wild fires, winter storms, and more. You can also learn what causes disasters, play games, and read stories.
    • Good Samaritan Laws (by State) (11-28-05) -- The "Good Samaritan Law" is based on the philosophy that good deeds should not be punished. The first Good Samaritan law was passed in 1959. Since then, all states have passed legislation intended to encourage timely voluntary emergency care. The law trades or cancels the right of a person to hold the rescuer responsible for a bad outcome in exchange for immunity that encourages people to step forward and perform acts of rescue or first aid.
    • Minnesota Recovers (03-30-09) -- Minnesota Recovers is the state’s clearinghouse for all information about floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters that strike Minnesota communities.
    • Minnesota Road Conditions (03-23-09) -- Weather Reports, Construction, Delays, Detours, and more. (Note: You can also dial 511 on your cell phone to access road conditions.)
    • Minn-Kota Red Cross (03-30-09) -- Serving the MN counties of Becker, Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Ottertail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Wilkin and the ND counties of Barnes, Benson, Cass, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Towner, Traill, and Walsh. EMERGENCIES 24 Hours a day 701-364-1800 or toll free 800-252-6746
    • MN Dept of Health Flood Factsheet (03-19-09) -- Minnesota Depart of Health Flood Factsheet includes links to various resources including Basic Cleaning-up anf Basic Home Re-Entry.
    • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (03-23-05) -- The mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
    • Pandemic Flu (05-15-06) -- One-stop access to U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Preparedness Today: What You Need To Do (08-25-05) -- In response to the call for greater preparedness in the face of terrorism and other emergencies that affect public health and safety, the American Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to produce a one-stop prototype terrorism preparedness website.
    • Ready America (05-30-07) -- Ready is a national public service advertising campaign produced by The Advertising Council in partnership with Homeland Security. The Ready Campaign is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
    • Red River Flood Information (04-02-09) -- Local Red River Valley flood information site for the counties of Kittson, Marshall, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk and Red Lake. If you have information to add to the site, please send an email to floodinfo@nwmhc.org.
    • State of Minnesota Bird Flu (05-15-06) -- Information about H5N1 avian influenza, how it affects you, and what's being done about it in Minnesota.

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    Drugs and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

    • A Case for Patience & Kindness (Video) (10-12-09) -- The video, A Case of Patience and Kindness is a story about the attempts of active drug users and former drug uses to curb the spread of HIV among injection drug users in Washington D.C.
    • AboveTheInfluence.com (07-06-07) -- This web site is created for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy). This campaign reflects what teens across the country say are going on in their lives. Their goal is to help teens stay above the influence. The more aware teens are of the influences around them, the better prepared they will be to stand up to the pressures that keep them down. This web site does not tell teens how to live their life, but gives another perspective and the latest facts.
    • Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters (02-15-05) -- Makes referrals to local Al-Anon groups, which are support groups for spouses and other significant adults in an alcoholic person’s life. Also makes referrals to Alateen groups, which offer support to children of alcoholics.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) World Services (02-15-05) -- Makes referrals to local AA groups and provides informational materials on the AA program. Many cities and towns also have a local AA office listed in the telephone book.
    • AlcoholScreening.org (07-24-07) -- AlcoholScreening.org helps individuals assess their own alcohol consumption patterns to determine if their drinking is likely to be harming their health or increasing their risk for future harm. Through education and referral, the site urges those whose drinking is harmful or hazardous to take positive action, and informs all adults who consume alcohol about guidelines and caveats for lower-risk drinking.
    • CrystalRecovery.com (04-20-05) -- This website seeks to support and promote the recovery of methamphetamine addicts; and to provide information to teens, adults, parents, teachers, professionals, or anyone who may be affected by their own or someone else's Crystal Methamphetamine use.
    • Drug Free NWA (04-20-05) -- The mission of DrugFreeNWA.com is to empower, educate, and inform the public, parents, teachers and community members; so together we can manage the drug problem in Northwest Arkansas.
    • DrugScreening.org (07-24-07) -- This website does not provide a diagnosis of alcohol/drug abuse or dependence. It cannot tell people for certain whether or not they have a problem. Rather, DrugScreening.org is a self-screening tool to help adults assess their own drug and alcohol use, and find out their likely risk level for experiencing harms to their health or other negative consequences. Through education and referral, it urges those whose drug and alcohol use is likely to be harmful or hazardous to seek further evaluation from a qualified professional.
    • FiveMoms.com (05-17-07) -- FiveMoms.com features the blogs of five women, including a pediatric nurse practitioner, a deputy sheriff, and an accountant, whose lives have been affected by cough medicine abuse. The site includes a social networking forum for concerned parents and information on how to notice signs of cough medicine abuse in adolescents.
    • Free Vibe.com (09-02-03) -- Website for kids to tell their story and read others on Anti-Drugs.
    • Girl Talk (05-17-06) -- This website is designed to serve as a resource for Moms and girls to tackle the problem that underage drinking poses in their own families by providing them with useful insights and information to discourage their daughters from choosing to drink. It also highlights recent research findings on Moms, girls and underage drinking.
    • Hazelden (09-02-03) -- Hazelden is an international provider of treatment, recovery, research and training, offering programs, services and publications for individuals, families and communities affected by chemical dependency.
    • HIV + Drug Use > Learn the Link (11-28-07) -- The Learn the Link campaign uses TV, print, and Web public service announcements (PSAs), as well as posters, e-cards, and other tools to send the message to America's youth that using drugs and alcohol even once can have serious health consequences. We also work to reach parents and teachers-influential figures in the lives of young people-with the Learn the Link message. Campaign messages and materials were tested among various groups of young people, guiding the use of technology, the discussion between friends, and the importance of family.
    • I Tried Marijuana. What Do I Tell My Teen? (01-31-05) -- For some parents, past marijuana use in their youth can act as a barrier to their discussing marijuana use with their children. This article offers tips and suggestions to help parents overcome this obstacle and have honest, healthy discussion about marijuana use with children of any age.
    • James Madison University (09-09-03) -- Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities - Information from the project on youth substance abuse and violence prevention to help provide a safe and healthy community.
    • Medicines in My Home (07-18-06) -- "Medicines in My Home" is a new Web site that aims to help children -- especially 11- and 12-year-olds -- understand the safe use of over-the-counter medicines. The site is designed to be used as part of a classroom curriculum, but it also can serve as an information source independent of the classroom. FDA developed the site with the Montgomery County (Md.) Public School System and the National Council on Patient Information and Education.
    • Minnesota Methamphetamine Offender Registry (10-13-08) -- The purpose of this site is to enhance public safety by identifying individuals who have been convicted under state law of felony level manufacture of methamphetamine.
    • Mom, My Friend Is Using Pot (01-31-05) -- How can a parent reassure a teen that she did the right thing in confiding a friend's drug use to the parent? This article plays out such a family scenario and answers questions a parent may have in a similar situation.
    • MVParents (07-06-05) -- The resource for busy, caring parents like yourself who want information you can trust about raising responsible children and teens. You’ll find easy, time-tested ideas and tools to guide your kids in making smart choices and avoiding potential pitfalls. Count on us to cheer you on as you "stay in the game" and become the Most Valuable Parent you can be.
    • National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (03-24-08) -- The NIPC serves as an inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, stimulates media coverage about inhalant issues, develops informational materials, produces ViewPoint (a quarterly newsletter), provides training and technical assistance and leads a week-long national grassroots inhalant education and awareness campaign.
    • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (02-15-05) -- Makes available free publications on all aspects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Many are available in Spanish. Call, write, or search the NIAAA Web site for a list of publications and ordering information.
    • National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (09-29-04) -- The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Heath (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concerns.
    • National Recovery Month: September 2005 (01-24-05) -- The Recovery Month effort aims to promote the societal benefits of alcohol and drug use disorder treatment, laud the contributions of treatment providers and promote the message that recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders in all its forms is possible.
    • Not in My House! (06-30-08) -- The "Not in My House" campaign aims to educate parents on how to limit teen access to prescription medications that are ripe for abuse. Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the Abbott pharmaceutical firm cited studies showing that more than half of teens who reported abusing prescription medications said they got the drugs at home, from a parent or relative, or from a friend.
    • notMYKid! (02-16-06) -- notMYkid,a national non-profit organization, is devoted to educating individuals and communities about behavioral health issues facing our teens today, believing that through education we can achieve prevention.
    • Parent Corps (09-07-04) -- The Parent Corps is a new drug-prevention initiative of President George W. Bush that acknowledges the power of parents and supports them by giving them the tools they need to keep their children drug-free.
    • Parents Matter (08-15-06) -- A state Web site has been established for parents who are looking for ways of curbing underage drinking and driving. Those who visit the Web site will find helpful hints as well as statistics on underage drinking and crashes in South Dakota. Also featured are state laws on alcoholic beverages.
    • Parents. The Anti-Drug (09-23-03) -- The Anti Drug.com serves as a drug prevention information center, and a supportive community for parents to interact and learn from each other.
    • ParentsLEAD.org (03-04-08) -- Parents – You are the one who educates and the one who needs to discuss with your kids underage drinking is illegal and too much alcohol can kill. Society gives kids mixed messages about alcohol. Make sure that your kids get their information from the best resource available – YOU.
    • Preventing Marijuana Use in Your Family (01-31-05) -- The Family Guide Web site special series this month is Preventing Marijuana Use in Your Family. Marijuana continues to be the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. Information in this series can help you understand how marijuana is affecting families and what steps parents and other caring adults can take to teach children about marijuana and its potential for harm.
    • SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (11-18-08) -- This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • SAMHSA's Prevention Platform (07-14-04) -- SAMHSA's Prevention Platform is an online resource for substance abuse prevention. It is provided by the SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
    • Sara's Quest (04-28-05) -- Sara's Quest has been developed for use in schools or in the home for children to learn about the effects of drugs on their brain and body.
    • Stop Alcohol Abuse (03-26-08) -- StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue. People interested in underage drinking prevention—including parents, educators, community-based organizations, and youth—will find a wealth of valuable information here.
    • Take It Back (10-10-07) -- Take It Back is a national youth-directed movement to reduce alcohol problems.
    • Talking to Kids about Alcohol (11-09-09) -- The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has suggestions on talking to kids about alcohol.
    • Teen drinking never legal, always dangerous (10-18-09) -- Most parents are extremely concerned about their children utilizing illegal substances or drugs, but there appears to be greater leniency about underage drinking.
    • The Cool Spot (11-17-04) -- The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The NIAAA is the lead U.S. agency supporting research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcohol problems. It is a component of the National Institutes of Health, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    • The Minor League (04-14-08) -- Teens from throughout Polk County, MN working together in a youth-led, adult-guided prevention movement. They encourage and promote healthy decision-making by youth to reduce the use of alcohol/tobacco/other drugs and to reduce involvement in violence, early sexual activity, suicide, and many other risky behaviors.
    • Time to Talk (02-15-08) -- Time to Talk provides parents and caregivers the tools, tips and resources they want and need for free.
    • Too Smart to Start (04-07-09) -- The Too Smart To Start Web site helps youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems. It provides useful programs and strategies, downloadable materials, interactive games and exercises, and other resources to support you in responding to The Surgeon General's Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.
    • Weed on the Web: Kids Buying Marijuana Online (01-31-05) -- The Internet has become an international megastore where users can purchase almost anything, including marijuana. This article provides some important details adults should know about children's access to marijuana on the World Wide Web and steps to take to increase safer surfing on the Internet for kids.

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    Early Childhood

    • Parent Aware (11-29-07) -- The Parent Aware Rating Tool is built upon the understanding that providing high-quality child care and early learning are not easy tasks and the pressures placed on our providers are many. The rating tool is designed to recognize early educators for the quality of care they deliver and build on this quality by supporting their efforts at program improvement.

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    Early Childhood - Fears

    • Anxiety, Fears and Phobias (01-07-08) -- Everyone, from the youngest child to the oldest adult, experiences anxieties and fears at one time or another. Feeling anxious in a particularly uncomfortable situation never feels very good. However, with children, such feelings are not only normal, they're also necessary. Experiencing and dealing with anxieties can prepare young people to handle the unsettling experiences and challenging situations of life.

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    Early Childhood - Tantrums

    • Temper Tantrums (01-08-08) -- Your toddler's second temper tantrum of the day shows no signs of stopping, and supersonic, ear-shattering, teeth-jarring screams pierce the air. Your first instinct is to run away and join the circus, but of course this isn't a real option. There must be a better way.
    • Temper Tantrums (01-08-08) -- From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Strong emotions are hard for a young child to hold inside. When children feel frustrated, angry, or disappointed, they often express themselves by crying, screaming, or stomping up and down. As a parent, you may feel angry, helpless, or embarrassed. Temper tantrums are a normal part of your child's development as he learns self-control.

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    Early Childhood - Warning Signs

    • MN DHS Early Identification and Intervention (04-02-10) -- Ø Diagnostic assessment for young children: DC:0-3R Ø Early childhood evidence-based practices Ø Great Start Minnesota: early childhood mental health system Ø Part C Ø Screening Ø Suicide prevention

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    Education

    • College.gov - Preparing for College (09-22-08) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently unveiled this new Web site that aims to motivate students with inspirational stories and information about planning, preparing and paying for college.
    • Coolmath.com (11-19-04) -- This site is fully interactive and allows the user to sharpen basic math skills, play math-related games and explore new math concepts.
    • Fact Monster.com (11-19-04) -- Find information about a variety of subjects ranging from weather facts to homework help to quizzes and games.
    • Finding Data on the Internet (11-19-04) -- You've cast your lines into the sea of sources, but still aren't finding the information you need. That's what happens when you don't know the right place to look.
    • Hands On Banking (09-29-08) -- Hands on Banking is a free, fun financial education program that presents the basics of smart money management in an easy-to-use format. The curriculum is customized for four age groups from 4th grade through adults.
    • Language Arts games (12-03-04) -- This website for children focuses on contractions, the alphabet, ABC order, vocabulary, spelling, reading, and writing.
    • Minnesota Department of Education (11-01-07) -- The Minnesota Department of Education strives to be an innovative education agency serving a wide range of customers. The mission is Improve educational achievement by establishing clear standards, measuring performance, assisting educators and increasing opportunities for lifelong learning.
    • Minnesota Educator License Look-up (03-30-05) -- Access current information on education license information for teachers in Minnesota. You may enter either the six-digit file folder number that appears on the license or the first and last name of the licensee.
    • National What Week? (02-08-05) -- Naturenet has every fact the good environmentalist needs or wants... and this is the one page you've been asking for for years. An incomplete guide to the national and international days and dates in the wildlife and living environment calendar. A few are included which, whilst not strictly environmental, might be good themes for events.
    • Obama Backing STEM Education (11-30-09) -- The effort to get students interested in STEM studies and careers, called 'Educate to Innovate,' involves corporations and philanthropies.
    • Parenting Education Resources (06-07-05) -- The University of Minnesota Extension Service develops programs that foster the effective parenting of children and youth, with an emphasis on positive parenting for children birth to young adulthood, divorce issues, violence prevention, and other information to help understand the complex social issues facing families today.
    • Schools First (02-27-06) -- Education Minnesota sponsors the Schools First initiative to encourage a thoughtful, productive conversation about Minnesota's public schools.
    • SchwabLearning.org (01-12-04) -- A Non-Profit Organization that offers resources to help parents with children who have Learning Difficulties.
    • Science Panel Seeks Ways to Fan Student Innovation (10-09-09) -- Science Panel Seeks Ways to Fan Student Innovations. How can schools produce more mathematics and science students with a distinct and harder-to-define skill: the ability to innovate and become future innovators in American business, science, medicine and other areas?
    • States Said to Be Progressing on Data Systems (12-21-09) -- States are all on course to have data systems that track student performances from year to year in place by 2011, and many are collecting a wealth of information that could lead to better policy and classroom practice, according to a report released today.
    • Strange Matter (11-19-04) -- This online version of an Ontario museum exhibit invites you to examine, transform, improve or even destroy common household objects to find out more about them. The site lets you get up close and personal with aluminum atoms inside a soda can; discover new and fascinating ways to electrify catsup (!), learn why canned food can be dangerous when dented, find out whether it's concrete or ice that crushes faster, and much more.
    • Study Finds NCLB Law Lifted Math Scores (01-04-10) -- The No Child Left Behind Act has significantly boosted mathematics achievement, but no evidence exists that it has done the same for reading, concludes a study.
    • Suitable Assessment Instruments for Delinquent Girls (10-30-09) -- Risk assessment instruments are often used to determine the programs and services that best serve the needs of youth within the juvenile justice system. Part of OJJDP's Girls Study Group series, the bulletin provides a comprehensive guide for juvenile justice practitioners to assist them in selecting an instrument suitable for assessing the needs of delinquent girls.
    • U.S. Department of Education (11-01-07) -- The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education.
    • UMN Center for School Change (12-10-09) -- The Center for School works to increase student achievement, raise graduation rates, improve student attitudes toward learning, their schools and communities and strengthen communities through building stronger working relationships among educators, parents, students and other community members.
    • Writing Den (11-19-04) -- This is designed for students grades 6–12 who want to improve their English reading, comprehension, and writing skills. Writing Den is divided into three levels of difficulty: Words, Sentences, and Paragraphs. Includes plugins.

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    Educational Policies/Environment

    • Colorado Foundation for Families and Children (05-01-03) -- The Colorado Foundation identifies, creates and supports best programs, policies and practices to improve the health, education and well-being of children and their families. They are the evaluator for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention pilot projects on Truance Prevention.

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    Evaluation/Best Practices

    • Children's Defense Fund (08-26-03) -- CDF has data and resources to educate people on the needs of children to help children through traumatic events.
    • Crisis Management Institute (03-24-03) -- Crisis Management Institute for information on helping children deal with crises (manmade and natural)
    • Crisis Management Toolkit (09-16-05) -- The purpose of the DoDEA Crisis Management website is to help families, educators, and community members understand how schools will ensure that children and personnel are safe and secure in the event of a crisis. The website provides current information for families and educators about schools' crisis management policies and procedures, and makes available useful resources to help children and adults cope with the stress and anxiety associated with traumatic incidents.

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    Financial Assistance

    • Emergency General Assistance Program (06-23-09) -- The General Assistance (GA) Program serves as Minnesota's primary safety net for single adults and childless couples. The GA program provides monthly cash grants for vulnerable persons whose income and resources are less than program limits. The grants can be used to pay for utility bills. For urgent, short term emergency needs, the Emergency General Assistance (EGA) program can provide one-time grants for basic needs including utility connection charges, repairs to home heating systems, or shut-off notices.
    • Energy Assistance Program (06-23-09) -- Low income households may be eligible for the Energy Assistance Program. The Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. EAP is designed to assist with energy bills, primarily in the form of grants to the energy provider on the behalf of the household. Funding is limited for this program, so consumers are encouraged to sign up early.
    • Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Loans (06-23-09) -- Minnesota Housing offers affordable home improvement programs to residents of Minnesota that can be used for energy efficiency projects. There are three opportunities for loans. The Fix-up Fund is a statewide program that offers affordable, low-interest fixed rate loans that can be used for energy efficiency improvements. The Community Fix-up Fund (CFUF) is available to help communities address their home improvement needs and objectives (including energy efficiency) under geographically targeted initiatives. The Rehabilitation Loan program assists low income homeowners in financing basic home improvements that directly affect the safety, habitability, energy efficiency or accessibility of their homes.
    • HeatShare from the Salvation Army (06-23-09) -- HeatShare provides emergency assistance with heating and utility bills on a year-round basis. Funds are used for natural gas, oil, propane, wood, electricity and emergency furnace repairs. Celebrating 25 years of keeping Minnesotans warm, HeatShare is a voluntary nongovernmental program of The Salvation Army.
    • The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) (06-23-09) -- The Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, is the state's welfare reform program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families meet their basic needs while working to achieve economic self-sufficiency. MFIP assistance payments include both cash and food assistance. MFIP participants are also provided employment services and work supports. In addition, MFIP families may be eligible for crisis funds through the MFIP Consolidated Fund that can be used to pay utility bills. Families can apply for these services at their local county human services office.
    • Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program (06-23-09) -- The UI Program provides temporary benefits to qualified persons out of work through no fault of their own. The purpose of the program is to help maintain the economic stability within a community. The UI fund is financed entirely by a special tax paid by employers.
    • Weatherization Program (06-23-09) -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce administers this federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Energy. The program assists households by doing energy conservation audits and safety inspections, as well as assessing furnaces and air quality for low income households throughout the state. The program also works with both regulated and non-regulated utilities in expanded partnerships for additional conservation measures for eligible families.

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    Health and Safety

    • 4 Woman Gov (04-23-04) -- The National Women's Health Information Center provides resources and Special Sections on topic areas like heart disease, disabilities and pregnancy.
    • Advocates for Youth (09-28-04) -- Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
    • Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) (03-05-07) -- The CWLA is committed to engaging people everywhere into promoting the well-being of children, youth and their families and protecting every child from harm.
    • CIGNA Behavioral Health (08-26-03) -- CIGNA Behavioral Health offers a range of behavioral health care benefit management services and work/life and employee assistance programs (EAP).
    • Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO) (05-30-07) -- ECHO (Emergency and Community Health Outreach) exists to ensure that people with limited English proficiency receive life-saving health and safety information—in some of the languages they understand best.
    • Health Finder (09-02-03) -- A key resource for finding the best government and non-profit health and human service information on the internet.
    • Indian Health Services (07-28-04) -- The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
    • Minnesota Health Information (08-25-04) -- Gov. Pawlenty's Health Cabinet launched a new Web site designed to provide consumers, providers and purchasers of health care with access to a wealth of information about health and health care in Minnesota. Visitors to the site will be able to compare certain health providers, learn how to be a wise health care consumer, and get tips on managing their personal health.
    • Minnesota Road Traveler Information Service (10-19-04) -- Know the Road. Dial Up or Log On. The Minnesota Department of Transportation introduces 511, a service to help commuters and travelers access information regarding weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion, via the web or phone – 24/7.
    • Minnesota RxConnect Online (06-22-06) -- Minnesotans deserve information and access to affordable prescription medications. This website was created to provide Minnesotans information on issues related to prescription medicine, safety and cost-saving tips, and programs to help low-income Minnesotans pay for prescription medications.
    • MN Coordinated School (09-16-03) -- A coordinated approach to school health improves children's health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, schools and communities working together.
    • Nutrition & Physical Activity (03-23-04) -- This website contains information, data, and tools to help maintain good nutrition and physical activity to promote a healthly lifestyle.
    • Safe Place (06-11-04) -- Project Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers, and businesses.
    • Stay Healthy Minnesota (12-20-07) -- Stay Healthy Minnesota is a collaborative health initiative between Park Nicollet Health Services, the Star Tribune and WCCO-TV. The purpose of the campaign is to promote community health education and awareness to allow consumers to make well informed decisions regarding their health.
    • Talking With Kids (04-14-04) -- Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have -- and one of the toughest. We live in an increasingly complex world that challenges us every day with a wide range of disturbing issues that are difficult for children to understand and for adults to explain. We believe this Web site can help by offering practical, concrete tips and techniques for talking easily and openly with young children ages 8 to 12 about some very tough issues: sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, drugs and alcohol.
    • West Nile Virus Information in MN (06-21-06) -- West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-transmitted virus that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in some people. This virus usually circulates between mosquitoes and birds in Africa and Europe. However, in 1999, an outbreak of West Nile encephalitis was reported in New York City. Since then, the virus has spread to 48 states and the District of Columbia. In July 2002, WNV was found in Minnesota. Fortunately, most people who are bitten by infected mosquitoes will experience either no symptoms, or mild illness.

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    Homelessness

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    Infants, Children, Adolescent Health

    • A Family Guide (06-11-04) -- A Family Guide from SAMHSA to Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy and Drug Free.
    • Better Brains for Babies (11-03-04) -- Better Brains for Babies (BBB) is a collaboration of state and local, public and private organizations dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children in Georgia.
    • Build from Birth (05-19-06) -- Read. Sing. Rhyme. Build from Birth. Cuddling and being loving with a child encourages good self-image. The simple act of playing builds connections in a child's rapidly developing brain. Research shows sharing books — along with singing, rhyming, drawing and storytelling — promotes language skills as well as motor development, memory, attention span and a child's social and emotional development.
    • Casey Family Programs (08-19-03) -- One stop source of information, technical assistance, written materials and referral to both resource families and child welfare professional who work with them.
    • Children and Clinical Studies (10-20-08) -- This website offers parents and health care providers an insider's guide to children's medical research.
    • Children Now (06-11-04) -- Children Now is a research and action organization dedicated to assuring that children grow up in economically secure families, where parents can go to work confident that their children are supported by quality health coverage, a positive media environment, a good early education, and safe, enriching activities to do after school.
    • Children's Bureau Express (08-19-03) -- Programs, grants, research, publications pertaining to child abuse and neglect, child welfare and adoption. Articles found on website: Calculating the Costs of Child Maltreatment; State of the Child Welfare Workforce Examined; U.S. Census Reports on Living Arrangement of Children; Casey Foundation Tracks Trends in Child Well-Being; Five Reports on Indian Child Welfare Released; Utah Prevents Shaken Babies Through Unique Public-Private Partnership; Adolescent Mothers and Their Children; CD-ROM Reference on Child Maltreatment, Child Welfare and Adoption Released, OJJDP Fact Sheet Highlights Ntl Center on Child Fatality Review
    • Educated Parenting (07-18-05) -- This exciting new site will offer parents and professionals who work with parents and children the opportunity to interact with one of America's foremost authorities on effective parenting and parenting education, Dr. Kerby T. Alvy...and the chance to learn more about the important issues that concern them!
    • Effects of Having a Child with ADHD on Families (07-14-04) -- The Effects of Having a Child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) on Family Members and Family Management: The authors of these two articles report the results of a qualitative study of how 15 families experienced their lives when the family included a child with ADHD. They call for services that address the needs of the whole family, rather than just focusing on an individual childs disorder.
    • Fatherhood Initiative (08-19-04) -- The Department of Health and Human Services has developed a special initiative to support and strengthen the roles of fathers in families.
    • Food and Nutrition Information Center (02-26-04) -- The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) provides a directory of resources on topics like Child Nutrition and Health and Eating Disorders. It contains educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.
    • Health Info for Kids and Teens (04-29-04) -- Links from the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) web section on health information for Kids and Teens.
    • National Children's Study (01-18-08) -- The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. The goal of the study is to improve the health and well-being of children.
    • National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Info (11-27-07) -- The Clearinghouse connects professionals and concerned citizens to timely and well-balanced information on programs, research, legislation, and statistics regarding the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.
    • National Fatherhood Initiative (04-29-04) -- Improves the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
    • Parenting Education Resources - U of M Ext. Services (12-20-05) -- If you are looking for last minute resources about families, parenting and the holiday season, the University of Minnesota Extension Service has posted a number of items on the web site. You are welcome to use these in your work with families. Let us know what other topics would be helpful.
    • Parents Know (07-17-07) -- Minnesota Parents Know is a resource filled with convenient and trusted child development, health and parenting information.
    • Project Exceptional (03-22-04) -- The Project Exceptional website contains links to hundreds of disability specific sites that help people find information about early intervention, disability law, and state and national resources. The site also offers resources for materials and information that promote and support including children with special needs in the child care setting.
    • Teenpregnancy.org (04-09-04) -- The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has research, resources, and information to help Teens, Parents and Professionals reduce the rate of teen pregnancy.
    • Zero to Three For Parents (11-03-04) -- You know your child better than anyone. You're also your child's first—and most important—teacher. Like most parents, you probably have questions about your child's development-that's normal. Or you may just want to know what you can do to ensure your child's happy and healthy development. At ZERO TO THREE, we're here to help you navigate this critical period. Since 1977, we've brought together the fields of medicine, child development, research science and human behavior, to focus exclusively on the first three years of life.

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    Juvenile Justice

    • National Council on Crime and Delinquency (06-11-04) -- NCCD conducts research, promotes reform initiatives, and seeks to work with individuals, public and private organizations and the media to prevent and reduce crime and delinquency.
    • National Institute of Justice (11-01-07) -- NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels.
    • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (09-23-03) -- The OJJDP is designed to provide information and resources on both general areas of interest about juvenile justice and delinquency including conferences, funding opportunities and new publications and the comprehensive strategy as a framework for communities to combat youth crime. Website includes current OJJDP funding opportunities at http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/grants/current.html

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    Local, State and Federal

    • CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (08-19-03) -- (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships.
    • Disaster Help (02-19-04) -- This website part of the President's Disaster Management E-gov Initiative--a larger initiative aimed at greatly enhancing disaster management on an interagency and intergovernmental basis.
    • E-Gov (04-19-04) -- E-Government uses improved Internet-based technology to make it easy for citizens and businesses to interact with the government, save taxpayer dollars, and streamline citizen-to-government communications.
    • Federal Court Concepts (10-04-04) -- Introduces students to the U.S. federal court system. It describes the structure of the federal courts, the kinds of cases that federal courts hear, the Supreme Court, and how federal court decisions can be used in research.
    • Minnesota Attorney General's Office (06-24-04) -- The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state and is the legal advisor to the Governor and all the constitutional officers. The AG represents and advocates for consumer protection, charities oversite, antitrust enforcement and utilities regulation.
    • Minnesota Constitutional Officers (06-24-04) -- Lists the name, address, telephone number(s), email address and web addresses for the Attorney General, State Auditor, Governor, and Secretary of State.
    • Minnesota House of Representatives Members (06-24-04) -- The Governor is responsible for the administration of state government, the proposal of biennial budgets, appointments, proposal and review of legislation and the preparation of comprehensive long-range plans for state growth.
    • Minnesota Lieutenant Governor's Office (06-24-04) -- As Minnesota's second-in-command, the lieutenant governor is prepared to assume the governor's duties any time the governor is unable to perform them. The lieutenant governor represents the governor and the State of Minnesota within the state, nationally and internationally.
    • Minnesota Members of Congress (06-24-04) -- A list of the Minnesota's eight U.S. Representatives and two U.S. Senators. Included are links to their web sites and e-mail addresses.
    • Minnesota Secretary of State's Office (06-24-04) -- Some of the responsiblities of the Secretary of State are to certify the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, registers a variety of business organizations and is the chief election official of the state.
    • Minnesota State Auditor's Office (04-07-04) -- The Office of the State Auditor is a constitutional office which serves as a watchdog for Minnesota taxpayers by helping to ensure financial integrity, accountability and cost-effectiveness of Minnesota's local governmental entities. The vision of the State Auditor's Office is to perform professional reviews of financial statements, documents and reports submitted to the Office making consistent comments on financial accuracy and legal compliance while adhering to general accounting standards.
    • Minnesota State Treasurer's Office (06-24-04) -- The Elected Office of the State Treasurer was abolished on January 6, 2003 as a result of a Constitutional Amendment approved by the voters in the November 1998 General Election. The duties and responsibilities of the former State Treasurer were transferred to the Commissioner of Finance on January 6, 2003 by administrative order. These responsibilities are being met by the Treasury Division of the Department of Finance.
    • Ready.Gov (02-19-04) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready.gov is a citizen preparedness Web site that educates the public on how to be prepared in case of a national emergency.
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (02-19-04) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Web site offers information about preventing terrorist attacks within the United States.
    • Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy (02-09-08) -- Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

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    Mental Health

    • American Institutes for Research (08-12-03) -- Contains information from professionals who perform basic and applied research, provide technical support and conduct analysis based on methods of the behavioral and social science.
    • American Psychological Association (11-01-08) -- The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.
    • Campaign for Mental Health Recovery (12-18-07) -- SAMHSA's Campaign for Mental Health Recovery is a three-year, national, public education campaign to educate the general public about mental health problems. The CMHR has produced television, radio, and print public service announcements (PSAs) accessible via the Campaign Web site.
    • Center for Mental Health Services, The (09-01-04) -- The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647), this web site and more than 200 publications.
    • Children and Adults with ADHD (04-09-04) -- CHADD provides a science-based evidence-based information about ADHD to parents, educators, professionals, the media and the general public.
    • CommonGround (01-11-20) -- Common Ground is a web-based software application that empowers those that make psychiatric diagnosis with psychiatrists and to arrive at shared decisions about next steps in management of long-term psychiatric conditions.
    • Face the Issue (04-21-04) -- Deals with the issues of Alcoholism, Bulimia, Anorexia, Abuse, Depression, Drugs and Self-Esteem.
    • Handouts Now Available Online for Community MH Conf (10-27-10) -- Below please find a link to the MACMHP webpage which contains pdf version of several workshop handouts. Just over half of the speakers have provided their handouts for online posting. We will continue to update this page weekly as more handouts are received:
    • Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness (PBS) (10-19-09) -- This program effectively illuminates challenging ethical issues as well as systemic flaws that are contributing to a mental health system that is widely acknowledged to be broken.
    • Real Life Conversations (05-18-09) -- Real Life Conversations is designed to share real life stories of people living with mental illness, provide ways to help adults engage in a conversation with someone with mental illness, and educate consumers on mental illness to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
    • SAMHSA’s ADS Center (12-18-07) -- SAMHSA recently launched its re-designed ADS Center Web site that features a new library with more than 600 resources to help individuals and organizations counter discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness.
    • SAMHSA’s Mental Health Services Locator (11-18-08) -- This Locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • ULIfeline (12-18-07) -- A program of the Jed Foundation, ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center where college students can search for information regarding mental health and suicide prevention. Their Web site has enhanced student features, and a new component called Counseling Central, built exclusively for college mental health and student affairs professionals.
    • University of Minnesota Maternal & Child Public Health (07-01-10) -- Each issue has a special focus on an important topic in maternal and child health, including children's health, adolescent health, and women's health. For most topics there are newsletters, relevant websites, and PowerPoint presentations.

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    Other

    • Lambda Legal (05-26-11) -- Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
    • Lost Generation on UTube (02-23-10) -- A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward. Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite. This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant. Make sure you read as well as listen…forward and backward. This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old. The contest was titled "u @ 50" by AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause. So simple and yet so brilliant. Take a minute and watch it.
    • Minnesota Adopt (11-23-09) -- MN ADOPT is dedicated to finding permanence for Minnesota children who need families and to sustaining the families who adopt. Provides training and other resources.
    • Survey Finds More Children Unattended After School (11-09-09) -- Roughly 15 million school-age children are left unattended after school—up from 14 million in 2004, says a report released Tuesday by the Washington-based Afterschool Alliance. Thirty percent of those students left alone are middle schoolers, 4 percent are in elementary school, and the remaining 66 percent are students of high school age, according to the nationally representative survey, which included responses from about 30,000 U.S. households during the 2008-09 school year.
    • Webcast: Recovery and the Health Care/Insurance Systems (11-29-09) -- Recovery and the Health Care/Insurance Systems: Improving Treatment and Increasing Access. The show will also explore other issues related to health care's role in recovery, such as proper screening and intervention, prescription drug abuse prevention, and treating co-occurring disorders.
    • Webcast: Treatment and the Justice System (11-22-09) -- Treatment and the Justice System: Preventing Problems and Ensuring Recovery. This program will showcase how treatment and recovery services both within and outside the justice system transform lives and families, create safer communities, and serve as an effective crime prevention tool.

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    Poverty

    • Northwest Area Foundation (06-23-11) -- The Northwest Area Foundation is committed to the well-being of the people in our region. They support efforts across our eight states to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. They focus on the work of proven or promising organizations ­ those that have demonstrated success and those that are on the cutting edge and poised to do innovative work in poverty reduction.

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    Programs and Services

    • Bridge to Benefits (08-06-08) -- Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of low-income families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. A core component of the project is an online screening tool designed to help families and individuals understand if they are eligible for seven public work support programs and two income tax credits. Work support programs and tax credits were implemented by federal and state governments to help low-income workers meet basic needs. Yet, in Minnesota, thousands of eligible families are not participating in these programs or claiming the tax credits that could provide increased economic stability for their families.
    • Deaf Blind Services Minnesota (04-14-08) -- DeafBlind Services Minnesota is dedicated to serving deafblind children, adults and their families throughout the state of Minnesota to achieve their highest level of independence.
    • Exploiting a Minor Is a Major Offense (12-17-08) -- Created by INOBTR, the PSA titled “Exploiting a Minor Is a Major Offense” delivers a clear message to potential online predators—stop and think about the consequences of this serious crime. Elements of this campaign include television, radio, Web banner, print dissemination, and movie theater PSAs.
    • Explotando a un Menor de edad es una Ofensa Importante (12-17-08) -- Creado por INOBTR, el PSA titulado "Explotando a un Menor de edad es una Ofensa Importante" entrega un mensaje claro a en línea potencial depredador-para y piensa en las consecuencias de este crimen serio. Los elementos de esta campaña incluyen la televisión, la radio, la bandera del Web, la difusión de la impresión, y el cine PSAs.
    • Family Education Network (04-20-04) -- The Family Education Network contains the best of the Internet's content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids. Their goal is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives.
    • Know Where They Go (12-17-08) -- The PSA titled "Know Where They Go" reminds parents that the Internet can be an unsafe place for children and that children should be supervised when online. Elements of this campaign include television, radio, Web, and print dissemination.
    • LawHelpMN (03-08-05) -- Helping low-income Minnesotans solve civil legal problems. LawHelpMN.org provides answers to legal questions, contact information for legal aid offices, links to courthouses and local community organizations.
    • Minnesota Hands & Voices (04-15-08) -- MN Hands & Voices is a private not-for-profit program funded by United Way. Our mission is to provide a variety of support services to families of children who have been recently diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing. We also provide a variety of services to families who have known of their child's hearing loss for some time.
    • North Country Food Banks, Inc. (12-08-08) -- They are the sole distributor of surplus food products to over 150 charitable food programs in NW Minnesota, including our soup kitchens, food shelves and homeless shelters. Other recipients include low-income individuals in need of supplemental assistance, group homes, senior programs, youth programs, addiction treatment centers and domestic abuse programs. Find local food shelves in your area.
    • Parenting Education Resources (03-17-04) -- The University of Minnesota Extension Service develops programs that foster the effective parenting of children and youth, with an emphasis on positive parenting for children birth to young adulthood, divorce issues, violence prevention and information to help understand the complex social issues facing families today.
    • Project C3 (05-28-09) -- Connecting youth to community and careers
    • Sepa Dónde Ellos Go (12-17-08) -- El PSA tituló el "Sepa Dónde Ellos Go" recuerda a padres que el Internet puede ser un lugar inseguro para los niños y que los niños deben ser supervisados cuando en línea. Los elementos de esta campaña incluyen la televisión, la radio, el Web, y la difusión de la impresión.
    • University of Minnesota Extension Service (10-29-03) -- The University of Minnesota Extension Service is committed to delivery high-quality, relevant educational program and information to Minnesota citzens and communities
    • What is Public Health? (01-04-06) -- Intended for a general audience, the site gives an overview of public health and emphasizes the relevance of public health to everyone's lives. It features several 30-second Flash animations about public health as well as a number of resources for learning more about public health, such as a quiz and an interactive exploration game.

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    Research Tools

    • Child Stats .Gov (11-01-09) -- The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 22 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The mission of the Forum is to foster coordination and collaboration and to enhance and improve consistency in the collection and reporting of Federal data on children and families.
    • Children Trends Databank (11-01-09) -- Data bank of information on children's health, social & emotional development, education and skills and much more
    • Spanish Accent Codes (01-16-08) -- Almost all applications support Spanish accents. Guidelines for typing and using accents are given.
    • The Common Good Forecaster - United Way (02-01-10) -- This United Way tool, The Common Good Forecaster, tracks how improving the education profile of a nation, state or local community is linked to wide-ranging ripple effects in ten critical social and economic indicators.

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    Restorative Justice

    • U.S. Department of Justice (10-07-03) -- Contains the official organizational charts and mission and function statements of the 38 components of the Department of Justice including: Office of the Attorney General; Office of the Solicitor General; Office of the Policy Development; Office of Public Affairs. Website includes justice for kids and youth.

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    Search Engine

    • Ask Jeeves (08-19-03) -- Helps to find agencies and websites.
    • LaCrosse Public Library (04-09-04) -- An online library, some of the things you will find on this site are: MN Government Representives (names and contact information) and Web safety for Kids.
    • Maternal and Child Health Library (09-09-03) -- Our goal is to make MCH news and policy more accessible to health professionals, policymakers, family advocates, community service professionals, MCH/public health faculty and students, families, and the public.
    • MinnesotaHelp.info (01-15-08) -- An online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota identify resources such as human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of aid and assistance within Minnesota. It is especially rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers; people with disabilities and their caregivers; parents and families; and low income people.

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    Select One

    • Network on Transitions to Adulthood and Public Policy (02-22-10) -- The Network on the Transitions to Adulthood examines the changing nature of early adulthood (ages 18-34), and the policies, programs, and institutions that support young people as they move into adulthood. Significant cultural, economic, and demographic changes have occurred in the span of a few generations, and these changes are challenging youths’ psychological and social development. Some are adapting well, but many others are floundering as they prepare to leave home, finish school, find jobs, and start families. The Network is both documenting these cultural and social shifts, and exploring how families, government, and social institutions are shaping the course of young adult’s development. Resources available on the Network website include publications, reports, and profiles on demographics, lifestyle, and other issues of vulnerable youth and youth transitioning to adulthood.

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    Senior Health

    • Alzheimer's Association Safe Return Program (08-03-06) -- Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®is a nationwide identification, support and enrollment program that provides assistance when a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost locally or far from home. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If an enrollee is missing, one call immediately activates a community support network to help reunite the lost person with his or her caregiver. Safe Return faxes the enrolled person's information and photo (if provided) to local law enforcement. When the person is found, a citizen or law official calls the 800-number on the identification products and Safe Return notifies listed contacts. The nearest Alzheimer's Association office provides information and support during the search and rescue efforts.
    • Grief Recovery (09-02-03) -- Provides programs, research and information for both professionals and others in dealing with loss.

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    Sexual Minority

    • Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (05-11-09) -- The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition works to ensure that classrooms, communities, and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow, and succeed - whether or not they meet expectations for masculinity and femininity.
    • National Center for Lesbian Rights (01-14-09) -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
    • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (01-14-09) -- The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.
    • SMYAL - Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (05-11-09) -- The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) is the only Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

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    Suicide Prevention

    • Lifeline Gallery: Stories of Hope and Recovery (09-29-08) -- The Lifeline Gallery uses speaking avatar products to enable suicide survivors, attempt survivors, and suicide prevention supporters to share their stories of hope and recovery. The compilation of stories illustrates the many ways in which suicide affects others and offers comfort to those who may be suffering alone.
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (10-03-06) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the launch of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK. The national hotline is part of the National Suicide Prevention Initiative (NSPI)—a collaborative effort led by SAMHSA that incorporates the best practices and research findings in suicide prevention and intervention with the goal of reducing the incidence of suicide nationwide.
    • National Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) (09-29-08) -- SPRC provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
    • Suicide Prevention Action Network USA, Inc. (03-17-04) -- SPAN USA is a not-for-profit national organization dedicated to creating an effective national suicide prevention strategy. SPAN USA links the energy of those bereaved by suicide with the expertise of leaders in science, business, government and public service to achieve the goal of significantly reducing the national rate of suicide by the year 2010.
    • Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities (12-28-09) -- This presentation provides information on a variety of strategies that States and communites are implementing to prevent youth sucide in rural communities. Discussion focused on promising approaches in rural schools, practical tips for overcoming obstacles and challenges in preventing suicide prevention in rural settings.

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    Technology

    • bNetS@vvy (02-18-09) -- Tools for adults to help kids connect safely.
    • Teenangels (07-19-04) -- Teenangels is a group of 13-18 year-old volunteers that have been specially trained by the FBI, local law enforcement, and many other leading safety experts in all aspects of online safety, privacy, and security. After training for six sessions, the Teenangels run unique programs in schools to spread the word about responsible and safe surfing to other teens and younger kids, parents, and teachers. At the urging of our Teenangel volunteers, a special group of volunteers will be able to continue as Teenangels after they become 18 years old, & a new group of Tweenangels has been formed for those between 11 & 13 years of age.
    • Tel.A.Vision (03-20-09) -- Tel*A*Vision is a Web tool that helps students assemble "vision statements" in short video clips, then puts them online. The videos consist of uploaded pictures, clip art and written statements; the system also provides a selection of background music to play along with the visual elements.
    • Wired Safety (03-09-04) -- The world's largest Internet safety, help & education organization, your one-stop wired and wireless solution to everything you need help with online.

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    Transition to Adulthood

    • Connect for Kids/Child Advocacy 360/Youth Policy Action (10-26-09) -- Connect for Kids and Child Advocacy 360 work to connect concerned adults and young people; help child- and youth-focused organizations effectively reach a broad audience. Provide research articles, and links to other organizations.
    • National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (11-07-07) -- The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
    • The Forum for Youth Investment (10-26-09) -- The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Provides webinar training and tools, research resources, innovative ideas, and strategies.
    • The Serpentine Project (05-18-09) -- The Serpentine Project empowers youth transitioning out of foster care to reach for their dreams by opening the door to possibilities. We accomplish this through personalized mentorship, life skills training, job shadowing and financial support. We strive to create capable and confident young adults who see themselves as their most valuable asset.
    • The Youthhood (11-07-07) -- This site is a place for you, your friends, and other teens. It's a welcoming community for all youth and a place where all youth belong. We want you to be here. This is your place, your space. The Youthhood Web site is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. It was designed by a talented group of staff at the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, which is located at the University of Minnesota.

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    Veterans and their Families

    • America’s Heroes at Work (11-18-08) -- An online resource from the U.S. Department of Labor designed to help employers in their employment of veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), two increasingly common battlefield conditions.
    • Army Family Readiness Group (02-03-09) -- The Virtual Family Readiness Group (vFRG) web system provides all of the functionality of a traditional FRG in an ad-hoc and on-line setting to meet the needs of geographically dispersed units and families across all components of the Army.
    • Army Family Readiness Group for Kids (02-03-09) -- The ArmyFRG has something for everybody. Deployments are especially difficult for kids. Our online Kids center has several tools and activities that your little ones can use to stay connected to their Soldier abroad.
    • Army Family Readiness Group for Teens (02-03-09) -- Parenting a teen through deployments can be extremely difficult. The teenage years bring anxiety and new pressures that are challenging even without deployments. ArmyFRG is sensitive to this and offers several tools for both teens and their parents.
    • Army Family Readiness Group for Tweens (02-03-09) -- A Tween is a child between childhood and adolesence, around the age of 8 to 12. The online Tweens section has tools and activities for Tweens dealing with deployed family members.
    • Military One (11-18-08) -- Source A 24/7 resource for military personnel and their families on a variety of topics, including health,legal, and family concerns. 1-800-342-9647
    • Military OneSource (04-02-07) -- Whether its help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, Military OneSource is there for military personnel and their families... 24/7/365! The service is available by phone, online and face-to-face through private counseling sessions in the local community. Highly qualified, master’s prepared consultants provide the service. Personalized consultations on specific issues such as education, special needs, and finances are provided. Customized research detailing community resources and appropriate military referrals are offered. Clients can even get help with simultaneous language interpretation and document translation. Our interactive Web site includes locators for education, child care, and elder care, online articles, referrals to military and community resources, financial calculators, live online workshops called Webinars, and “Email a consultant.” Additional resources include brief videos of consultants addressing common issues such as communicating as a couple, budgeting and managing anger. Face-to-face counseling sessions focus on issues such as normal reactions to abnormal situations (e.g. combat), couples concerns, work/life balance, grief and loss, adjustment to deployment, stress management, and parenting. Persons seeking counseling will receive up to six counseling sessions per issue at no cost to them. To access a counselor in their local community, individuals may call a Military OneSource consultant directly. Service is available in CONUS as well as Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families.
    • Veterans Mental Health (09-29-08) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Mental Health Services mission is to maintain and improve the health and well-being of veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research.
    • Wounded Warrior Resource Center (03-22-10) -- Online partnership for wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, their families and those who support them.

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    Violence Prevention

    • Bullying and Your Child (06-30-04) -- Childhood should be a time filled with wonder and joy, but the reality for many kids is often much different. They're the victims of bullying at school or on neighborhood playgrounds. Children who are intimidated, threatened, or harmed by bullies often experience low self-esteem and depression, whereas those doing the bullying may go on to engage in more serious antisocial behaviors as adolescents and adults. Bullies often have been the victims of bullying or other mistreatment themselves.
    • Center for Effective Discipline (04-14-08) -- The Center for Effective Discipline (CED) is a non-profit organization which provides educational information to the public on the effects of corporal punishment of children and alternatives to its use. It is currently the headquarters for and coordinates both National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools (NCACPS) and End Physical Punishment of Children (EPOCH-USA).
    • Choose Respect (05-08-06) -- CHOOSE RESPECT teaches young teens and the caring adults in their lives about dating abuse prevention and healthy relationships.
    • Confronting Cyber Bullying (10-18-04) -- Cyber bullying is harassing, humiliating, intimidating and/or threatening others on the Internet. Although the Internet is most often used for healthy social communications, teens are increasingly using the Internet to deliver cruel and harmful messages and photographs. Cyber bullying sometimes involves racial, religious or culture slurs. It can also be sexual in nature.
    • Family Violence Prevention Fund (01-14-05) -- The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.
    • Faux Paw - Adventures on the Internet (03-02-06) -- The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors. FREE lesson plans available.
    • Minnesota Level 3 Predatory Offender Search (03-31-05) -- Information regarding Level III Predatory Offenders is posted on this site according to Minnesota Statutes 244.052. Law enforcement agencies decide, on a case-by-case basis what information is to be posted. The Department of Corrections will post offender information no later than 48 hours after receiving it from law enforcement.
    • National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (06-11-04) -- The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) exists to increase public and professional awareness of the effects of violence on children and to build the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the impact of violence. This site provides information on school violence and on the effects of exposure to community violence. This site is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and has a number of resources for parents, teachers, and administrators.
    • National Sexual Violence Resource Center (04-19-04) -- The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, statistics and resources related to sexual violence.
    • Promoting Resilience in Children and Youth who Experien (01-04-10) -- This Webinar examined the phenomenon of resilience as it applies to survivors of childhood trauma – specifically child abuse and neglect. The presenter offered participants the opportunity to discuss why resilience is so important, how it is influenced by factors inside and outside the home, and what factors nurture resilience in children. This Webinar addressed the age-old question: "Why do some children bounce back while others seem to have great difficulty recovering from the trauma they have experienced?"
    • Stop Bullying (03-22-10) -- This Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) website contains information for kids and adults on bullying, what it is and what to do about it, with links to resources and related reading.
    • Stop Bullying Now! (06-30-04) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau created this awesome place for us to go to get the latest scoop on bullying. Without their commitment to reducing and preventing bullying, all this helpful information may not have been so readily available.
    • Teaching Tolerance (12-03-04) -- Tolerance.org is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. If you want to know how to transform yourself, your home, your school, your workplace or your community, Tolerance.org is a place to start - and continue - the journey.
    • Toolkit to End Violence Against Women (01-14-05) -- To provide concrete guidance to communities, policy leaders, and individuals engaged in activities to end violence against women, the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women developed the Toolkit To End Violence Against Women. The recommendations contained in the Toolkit were reviewed by numerous experts in the fields of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
    • U Have the Right (05-08-06) -- Contains information on teen dating violence awareness.
    • Youth Alive! (01-14-05) -- Youth ALIVE! is a non-profit public health agency dedicated to preventing youth violence and generating youth leadership in California communities.

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