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    • School Grants (09-30-03) -- The School Grants is designed to help the most kids possible by empowering those who teach them with the knowledge and the resources necessary to write successful grant proposals.

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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.
    • 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 School Mental Health (11-01-08) -- The mission of the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America's youth.
    • 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."
    • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (03-05-08) -- This web-based resource combines a brief review of the literature and current research addressing the effectiveness of early childhood mental health consultation with guidance for designing and implementing program evaluation. It will help states, communities, and programs increase their capacity for high-quality evaluation of early childhood mental health consultation in community-based settings.
    • 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
    • Minnesota Parent Leadership Network (10-23-06) -- The Minnesota Parent Leadership Network (MPLN) is a parent driven organization made up of parents of children with mental health needs. We have all taken on leadership roles in our communities with the united goal of providing a family voice in the design, implementation, and evaluation within our system of care that serve children with mental health needs. This network, whose mission is to connect, support and train parent leaders, is the first of its kind in the nation. If you are a parent leader or would like to take on a leadership role in your community, please consider joining us.
    • 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.
    • SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (03-30-05) -- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence SAMHSA's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence is funded through CSAP and one of its directives is to provide TA and training on FASD and related issues. The Center offers training in FASD, substance abuse treatment and prevention for pregnant women or related topics.
    • School Psychology Resources Online (06-28-07) -- School Psychology Resources for Psychologists, Parents and Educators. Research learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more.
    • 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

    • Anoka County Children and Family Council (02-20-07) -- Our mission is to nurture collaborative efforts by building bridges and networks between people and agencies who share a vision of a healthier community for children and families.
    • Blue Earth - South Central Children's Project (02-20-07) -- The SCCP strives to collaboratively develop and support a local "Integrated Service System" to benefit children and families. This Integrated Service System includes: service coordination across categorical systems; integrated funding; improved outreach; early identification and early intervention; stronger collaboration between parents and professionals; a coordinated assessment process across systems that determines which children need multi-agency care coordination and wraparound process; developed multi-agency care plans; and, individualized rehabilitation services.
    • Carlton County Children & Family Services Collaborative (02-20-07) -- The purpose of the CCCFSC is to provide significant early intervention and prevention strategies for children, adolescents, and families, particularly those at risk for out-of-home placement such as foster homes, residential settings, correction facilities, or for out-of-school educational settings. The Collaborative work is toward integrating services throughout the County by avoiding duplication, fragmentation, and isolation.
    • Clay County Collaborative (02-20-07) -- Our mission is to work in partnership and collaboration to empower and provide opportunities for children and families.
    • Cook - Lake: North Shore Collaborative (02-20-07) -- By working together to strengthen families, the North Shore Collaborative ensures that all of our children can grow up healthy and lead meaningful lives.
    • Crow Wing County Family Services Collaborative (02-20-07) -- The Collaborative Service Team is a project of the Crow Wing County Family Services Collaborative. The overall goal of the service is to build bridges between families, schools and the community.
    • Dakota County Collaborative (02-20-07) -- The purpose of the Dakota County Collaborative is to establish an integrated system of services for children.
    • Grant County Child & Youth Council (02-20-07) -- The Child & Youth Council is a local effort established in 1993 to form stronger connections between family, school and community. The Child & Youth Council is a Family Services Collaborative serving the children (ages 0 – 22 years) and their families who reside and/or attend the school districts of Ashby, Herman-Norcross or West Central Area located in Grant County.
    • Minnesota Department of Health Overview (09-16-03) -- MDH works closely together with a wide range of public and private partners to improve the public's health. Examples of the departments included are: Office of Minority and Multicultural Health; Office of Emergency Preparedness; Health Improvement Bureau,; Management and Support Services. Website includes: Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force and; MN Tobacco Substance Abuse Reporting
    • Res. and Train. Cen.on Fam. Supp. and Child Men. Health (09-23-03) -- The Center collaborates with thirteen other organizations to promote improved services and outcomes for children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. Website includes: data trends, family support and children's mental health.
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Admin. (09-30-03) -- SAMHSA works in partnership with states, communities and private organizations to address the needs of people with substance abuse and mental illnesses as well as the community risk factors that contribute to these illnesses.

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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

    • National Center for Cultural Competency (11-27-07) -- NCCC is a component of Georgetown University Center for Child and Human development, which works to broaden the range of health, mental health and human services areas.

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    Data/Demographics

    • Community Informatics Resource Center (CIRC) (08-15-05) -- Through the Community Informatics Resource Center (CIRC), the "place-based" implications of issues impacting rural America can be more effectively visualized, analyzed, queried and mapped. While serving as a RUPRI core resource for panels and stakeholders, CIRC also coordinates with other national "place-based" initiatives to help bring focus upon rural issues within those initiatives. In addition to internet mapping, CIRC provides other data management and application development services.
    • Digest of Education Statistics, 2004 (10-21-05) -- NCES has just released the Digest of Education Statistics, 2004. This publication provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. Topics in the Digest include: the number of schools and colleges; teachers; enrollments; graduates; educational attainment; finances; federal funds for education; employment and income of graduates; libraries; technology; and international comparisons.
    • Family Strengthening Policy Center (02-23-05) -- The Family Strengthening Policy Center serves as a focal point for research, information dissemination, and advocacy on place-based, practice-driven family strengthening practices, programs, and policy.
    • Minnesota MapStats (09-01-05) -- Population information with Minnesota vs. the US plus the ability to view county vs. state information.
    • Minnesota Milestones (04-09-04) -- The Minnesota Milestones report uses progress indicators to determine whether the state is achieving determined goals. The goals are grouped in four broad areas: People, Community and Democracy, Economy and Environment.
    • Minnesota Planning (09-16-03) -- Identifies strategic issues and provide the information, analysis, coordination and tools necessary for informed decision making to guide MN future.
    • Monitoring the Future (04-12-04) -- An ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes and values of American secondary school students, college students and young adults. Each year, a total of some 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation.
    • National Center for Health Statistics (03-07-05) -- The National Center for Health Statistics compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the people. The website is a unique public resource for health information–-a critical element of public health and health policy.
    • National Forum on Education Statistics (09-07-04) -- The Forum's mission is to develop and recommend strategies for building an education data system that will support local, state, and national efforts to improve public and private education throughout the United States. It is committed to improving the quality, comparability, and usefulness of elementary and secondary education data, while remaining sensitive to data burden concerns.
    • National Priorities Project (09-12-07) -- National Priorities Project (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) research organization that analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Located in Northampton, MA, since 1983, NPP focuses on the impact of federal spending and other policies at the national, state, congressional district and local levels.
    • NCES Data Handbooks Online (11-17-04) -- The NCES Data Handbooks provide guidance on consistency in data definitions and maintenance for education data, so that such data can be accurately aggregated and analyzed. The online Handbook database provides the Nonfiscal Handbooks in a searchable web tool. This database includes data elements for students, staff, and education institutions.
    • Northwest Area Foundation Indicator Website (10-27-04) -- The Indicators Website is a convenient source of information on states, counties, reservations, and tribes in the Foundation's eight-state region. Use this site to find the most recent indicators on local population characteristics, economic well-being, health, and more.
    • Northwest Evaluation Association (04-26-06) -- NWEA,a non-profit organization, engages in ongoing, supportive relationships with partnering school districts and education agencies throughout the United States.
    • 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.
    • Public Access to Research Data (07-28-04) -- The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 has been revised to provide public access to research data through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) under some circumstances.
    • Public School District Finance Peer Search (08-20-04) -- The National Center for Education Statistics' Education Finance Statistics Center has updated the Public School District Finance Peer Search with School Year 2000-2001 financial data (the latest available fiscal data from NCES.) The Public School District Finance Peer Search permits you to compare the finances of a school district with its peers. Peer districts are districts which share similarities among such characteristics as total students; student teacher ratio; percent children in poverty; district type; and locale code.
    • 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.
    • State Education Data Profiles (02-02-05) -- Search for statewide information in elementary/secondary education, postsecondary education and selected demographics for all states in the U.S. based on data collected and maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. Besides being able to get state data you will also get data on U.S. averages and the ability to graph the results.

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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.
    • Early Warning, Timely Response (03-23-05) -- This guide presents a brief summary of the research on violence prevention and intervention and crisis response in schools.
    • 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.
    • Hurricane Help for Schools (10-05-05) -- The U.S. Department of Education has set up a Web page – "Hurricane Help for Schools" – that will serve as a clearinghouse of resources for Americans who want to help the students displaced by the hurricane. This Web page is a forum where schools, companies and organizations across the country can come together and work to help students displaced by the hurricane. Companies and organizations can respond to the needs of students and send resources directly to them, and schools will be able to directly contact the companies and organizations offering help.
    • Hurricane help for schools: Providing supplies for scho (09-19-05) -- This webpage will serve as a nationwide clearinghouse addressing the needs of the affected children and the schools and districts serving displaced students. Schools may list the items they need, from school supplies to personal items to counseling resources, and these requests are then posted on the site. Companies and organizations seeking to make contributions may also post what items they are able to contribute, and the schools may contact these organizations directly.
    • MDH Pandemic Plan Preview Meetings (07-12-06) -- At the conclusion of the preview meetings, many questions were submitted. We've compiled the questions, removed duplicates, and provided answers to most of them. Also includes updated information from the July 2006 meeting.
    • 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 Responds Medical Reserve Corps (08-23-07) -- Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MN Responds MRC) is part of a nationwide initiative to pre-register, manage, and mobilize volunteers to help their communities respond to all types of disasters. The Minnesota Department of Health provides the framework for coordinating multiple local, regional and state based programs of volunteers who have medical, public health, or other needed skills. The structure of each MN Responds MRC unit varies, depending on its own unique requirements and on the needs of the people and community that it serves. Volunteers donate their time and expertise in the area where they live, making it easier for them to help their own family, neighborhood and community.
    • 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.
    • Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools (12-21-06) -- This on-line, independent study course will help educators and first responders develop effective emergency operations plans for the wide array of potential emergencies that schools face. The course describes emergency management operations, roles and duties; explains how to assess potential hazards that schools may face; and explains how to develop and test an Emergency Operations Plan that addresses all potential hazards.
    • 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.
    • Practical Information on Crisis Planning (03-24-05) -- The U.S. Department of Education has developed a guide to provide schools and communities with basic guidelines and useful ideas on how to develop emergency response and crisis management plans. Six sections: introduction; mitigation/prevention; preparedness; response; recovery; closer looks.
    • 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.
    • Resources for Responding to and Preventing School Viole (03-23-05) -- In the wake of the recent school shooting and suicide in Minnesota, a number of resources are available to schools and communities to respond to and help prevent violent events in their local communities.
    • S.O.S. - Serve our Students (10-03-05) -- Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) has launched this website to provide information and suggestion for assisting and accommodating displaced students with disabilities.
    • 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.
    • World Health Organization (05-31-07) -- WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

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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.
    • Facing the Dragon (04-20-05) -- David Parnell is a motivational speaker. He travels across the country to share his story and struggle with methamphetamine. David has devoted his life to fighting Methamphetamine.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • GoingSmokeFree.org (12-06-07) -- GoingSmokeFree.org builds upon more than 20 years of experience implementing smoke-free laws and compelling evidence that smoke-free laws are good for health and business. The web site is a clearinghouse for the activities, events, and tools states and communities need to consider in planning, implementing and supporting new or expanded smoke-free laws.
    • 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.
    • KCI: The Anti-Meth Site (04-20-05) -- This website contains a LOT of information regarding the use of methamphetamine. Abuse stories and letters, warning signs of living near a meth lab, guidelines for cleaning meth labs, FAQs, upcoming meth conferences, treatment centers, plus quite a bit more.
    • Lead On America (01-31-07) -- Lead on America strongly promotes the partnership between local law enforcement and citizens in an effort to increase the community resources that have been impacted by the explosion of illegal drug activity in the Northwest.
    • Life or Meth Web Site (04-20-05) -- Sponsored by the Midwest HIDTA. Local Treatment and Law Enforcement contact information from each of the 6 HIDTA states. Well organized, quick loading, limited in information and some pictures may be offensive to young readers.
    • 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 (06-01-05) -- 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 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.
    • NIDA Goes Back to School (08-16-06) -- This website is your source of FREE information about the latest science-based drug abuse publications and teaching materials.
    • 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.
    • Project 7th Grade (11-06-06) -- Project 7th Grade is a fully-funded, innovative drug prevention program designed to reduce drug use among middle school students through education and proactive prevention. We partner nationally with schools, communities, and local agencies to provide education to parents on today’s drug issues that face our youth and to offer strategies on how a home drug test kit can be used as a drug prevention tool.
    • Reclaiming Futures (12-14-07) -- Reclaiming Futures is a new approach to helping young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. We have 10 sites throughout the United States that are reinventing the way police, courts, detention facilities, treatment providers, and the community work together to meet this urgent need.
    • 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 (12-21-05) -- ICCPUD's website offers parents, educators, community- and faith-based organizations, young people, law enforcement, prevention specialists, and others convenient access to comprehensive Government-approved information on underage drinking.
    • 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.
    • Pre-K Now (03-15-06) -- Pre-K Now is a public education and advocacy organization that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds.

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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

    • Balanced Assessment (10-04-04) -- Offers over 300 mathematics assessment tasks for grades K-12. Topics and activities include averages, addition, area, batting orders, bicycle rides, chance of rain, chance of survival, cheetah's lunch, classroom groups, cost of living, dart boards, detective stories, Fermi estimates, genetic codes, gestation & longevity, graphing, gravity, intersections, logarithms, oil consumption, rectangles, squares & circles, stock market, triangles, volume, & more.
    • CASEL (12-06-06) -- Mission Statement: CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning) will enhance children's success in school and life by promoting coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school.
    • 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.
    • First Book Marketplace (02-16-06) -- The First Book Marketplace allows nonprofit organizations and government agencies registered in the United States to purchase new books at a reduced cost for the children they serve.
    • 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.
    • I Love Schools (10-25-04) -- iLoveSchools.com is a free matchmaking service – for education! School teachers request materials and supplies while potential donors search for a teacher in need of their gifts of money or, new and used goods.
    • K12 Academics (04-26-06) -- An education and disability resource center for teachers, students, parents, professionals and district officials involved in the K-12 education system. Use this site as a reference tool for various issues in education that affect the entire community- including job tips, neurological, developmental and learning disabilities, salary statistics, SATs, classroom management, home schooling, lesson plans, bullying, ADD, student loans and articles in education.
    • 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 Education Service (03-24-03) -- National Educational Service (NES) provides services and programs for educators across North America, in particular crisis management both manmade and natural.
    • 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.
    • Our Changing Voices (10-04-04) -- A lesson in which students identify issues involved in a family or community's migration into Nebraska. Students then examine the history of their own families.
    • 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.
    • Reach Out and Read (11-03-04) -- Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national, non-profit organization that promotes early literacy by making books a routine part of pediatric care.
    • 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?
    • Sites for Teachers (10-25-04) -- This is a great site to visit for links (15 pages) to free lessons plans, free clipart, and freebies for educators.
    • Sources for Lesson Plans (09-28-04) -- This site contains links to technology enhanced lesson plans, geography-related lesson plans, social studies subject lesson plans, and multi-discipline lesson plans.
    • 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

    • EDGAR Online (03-03-05) -- Education Department General Administrative Regulations - This publication by the U.S. Department of Education is an unofficial version of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations EDGAR), codified at 34 CFR Parts 74 – 86 and 97 – 99.
    • Health, Mental Health, and Safety Guidelines for School (10-27-04) -- The purpose of Health, Mental Health, and Safety Guidelines for Schools is to help those who influence the health and safety of students and school staff while they are in school, on school grounds, on their way to or from school, and involved in school-sponsored activities.
    • National School Safety Center (NSSC) (05-01-03) -- NSSC is committed to serving our nation's schools and youth-serving professionals by assisting them with training, technical assistance and effective, up-to-date resources and tools. NSSC remains dedicated to the support and protection of all children.
    • Rural School Facilities: State Policies (07-20-04) -- Rural School Facilities: State Policies that Provide Students with an Environment to Promote Learning, by the Rural School and Community Trust, defines the essential components of a fair and effective state school facilities policy and suggests a series of policies in five key areas: 1) Setting priorities for approving and funding school facilities; 2) Adopting funding mechanisms that do not penalize rural and low wealth districts; 3) Creating standards for school facilities; 4) Defining the appropriate state role, setting ethical standards, and encouraging local participation; and 5) Establishing processes to evaluate state school facility programs and projects.
    • SafeSanerSchools (10-27-04) -- SaferSanerSchools helps educators improve classroom management, school discipline and school climate through restorative practices.
    • U.S. Dept. of Education FY 2009 Budget Summary (02-06-08) -- For 2009, the President is requesting $59.2 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education, the same as the 2008 level, and an increase of $17.0 billion, or 40 percent, in discretionary appropriations for the Department since fiscal year 2001.

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    Evaluation/Best Practices

    • 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.
    • Nat'l Registry of Evidence-based Programs/Practices (08-31-07) -- The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. The purpose of this registry is to assist the public in identifying approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders that have been scientifically tested and that can be readily disseminated to the field.
    • School Crisis Response Book (03-09-04) -- With this link you will be able to download the National Standard for Responding to School-Based Crisis, A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools: Fifth Edition, A Practical Guide for University Crisis Response, Acute Traumatic Stress Management and The Home Page for The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
    • The ImproveGroup (01-27-04) -- The Improve Group provides a variety of strategic planning, facilitation, community, and evaluation projects through the talents and experience of several consultants and affiliates.
    • Treatment Improvement Protocol series (10-05-05) -- The Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series are best-practice guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse. CSAT's Division of Services Improvement draws on the experience and knowledge of clinical, research, and administrative experts to produce the TIP Series, which are distributed to a growing number of facilities and individuals across the country.

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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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    Foundations/Funding Sources

    • Northwest Minnesota Foundation (09-03-04) -- A public charitable foundation established in 1986 to address the long-term needs of our region. They invest resources, create opportunities and promote philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work.

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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.
    • 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.
    • Homelessness - HUD (02-12-07) -- Homelessness is a problem that affects many people in America. If you are homeless yourself and need help or if you want to learn more about homelessness and how you can help, we have information for you.
    • 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 Institute of Public Health (09-16-03) -- Material, training and consultation to build and maintain safe and health communities. Website includes: MPRC, Minnesota Prevention Resource Center www.emprc.org Website also includes: Central CAPT (Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies
    • 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.
    • National Alliance to End Homelessness (03-05-07) -- The National Alliance to End Homelessness works to mobilize the nonprofit, public and private sectors of society in an alliance to end homelessness in America. The Alliance addresses the root causes of homelessness and challenges society's acceptance of homelessness as inevitable. It is dedicated to solving homelessness and preventing its continued growth.
    • National Center for Family Homelessness (03-05-07) -- The National Center on Family Homelessness is the nation’s only research and social action organization dedicated solely to helping homeless children and families. By developing model programs, effective services, and innovative technical assistance, The National Center works to stabilize the lives of homeless families. Its mission is to identify what works, educate and inspire, and take action to end family homelessness.
    • National Institute of Health (09-16-03) -- Health information, grants, funding, scientific resources, and organizations. Website includes: National Institute on Aging at http://www.nih.gov/nia
    • National Organizations for Youth Safety (03-30-06) -- Through their Speak Out and Make NOYS initiative, the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) is encouraging students to seek out issues and solutions involving youth within their communities. One particularly helpful resource offered through this program is NOYS’ Youth Changing the World Project Manual . The manual highlights success stories and acknowledges the hard work of active students, and gives inspiration and ideas to those who want to become involved. In addition to showcasing successes of other students, the manual provides a step-by-step guide for individuals or groups to start their own projects. Learn more about this collaboration of national, youth-serving organizations and find out how you can get your own copy of the Youth Changing The World Projects Manual by visiting the NOYS website.
    • 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 Kids Minnesota (12-14-06) -- Safe Kids Minnesota, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council, is a statewide network of over 250 organizations and individuals dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries to children - the leading cause of death from ages 14 and under.
    • 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.
    • United States Department of Health and Human Services (10-07-03) -- The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
    • 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

    • Homeless Resource Center (09-30-08) -- An interactive community of providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at federal, state, and local levels sharing state-of-the art knowledge and promising practices to prevent and end homelessness.

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    Infants, Children, Adolescent Health

    • America's Children: Key Nat'l Indicators of Well-Being (07-20-05) -- This is a biennial report to the Nation on the condition of children in America. Nine contextual measures describe the changing population, family, and environmental context in which children are living, and 25 indicators depict the well-being of children in the areas of economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. This year's report has special features on children with asthma, children with specified blood lead levels, and parental reports of children's emotional and behavioral difficulties. In addition, the report includes a special section on family structure and the well-being of children. Highlights from each section of the report follow.
    • 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.
    • Center for Early Education and Development (05-27-05) -- The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) at the University of Minnesota has spent over 30 years helping children from infancy through age eight to learn and develop to the best of their abilities. Through research and community outreach, we strive to effect positive change in early education, child care, and public policy.
    • Child Welfare Information Gateway (06-27-06) -- Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as concerned citizens to timely, essential information.
    • 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'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
    • Connect for Kids (02-03-05) -- Connect for Kids helps adults make their communities better places for families and children. An alternative news source on the Web, Connect for Kids provides solutions-oriented coverage of critical issues for children and families. Our goal is to go far beyond the personal stories that dominate family coverage in most news outlets by bringing together meaningful information, success stories and ideas for action.
    • 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!
    • Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development (02-22-05) -- The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development connects thinkers and leaders of all ages to develop fresh ideas, forge new partnerships, and design strategies that engage young people and their communities.
    • Minnesota Infant Mental Health Project (09-27-05) -- The Minnesota Infant Mental Health Project was a cross-agency initiative coordinated by CEED and funded by the Minnesota Departments of Health, Human Services, and Education. During the project's existence from 1996 to 2004, project staff conducted a statewide needs assessment, set forth a set of recommendations based on that assessment, held trainings and public forums, and produced an on-line course entitled Introduction to Infant Mental Health.
    • Minnesota System of Interagency Coordination (10-12-04) -- The purpose of this site is to provide information and resources to anyone involved with the design and implementation of an interagency coordinated system for delivering services to children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 and their families.
    • National Child Care Information Center (11-17-05) -- The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.
    • 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.
    • National Indian Child Welfare Association (08-18-04) -- The most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and works on behalf of Indian children and families. NICWA works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development.
    • National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (03-18-04) -- The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality seeks to make dramatic improvements in the quality of care for children and adolescents. NICHQ's mission is to eliminate the gap between what is and what could be in health care for all children.
    • National Institute of Mental Health/UCLA Study (06-11-04) -- This study, which reveals that key aspects of brain development continue beyond the early childhood years, could suggest that more attention should be paid to programs that focus on youth in middle school and high school.
    • 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.
    • ReadyWeb (11-17-05) -- ReadyWeb is an electronic collection of resources on school readiness
    • Say Not Yet! to Sex (05-03-05) -- MN ENABL is a statewide initiative of the Minnesota Department of Health. It is primarily focused on preventing adolescent pregnancy by targeting youth ages 12-14, their parents/care givers, and the community. The goal of MN ENABL is to reduce adolescent pregnancy by decreasing the number of teens who engage in sexual activity and by promoting abstinence until marriage utilizing a multi-faceted approach.
    • Teen Screen Program (04-09-04) -- Mental Health Check-ups for Youth. This Website is a resource for school and mental health professional and community leaders who want to begin a mental health and suicide risk screening effort in their own community and for individuals that want to learn more about the Columbia University TeenScreen Program, universal screening and related policy issues.
    • 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.
    • Zero to Three For Professionals (11-03-04) -- Since 1977, ZERO TO THREE's multi-disciplinary focus has brought together infant and family professionals, uniting the fields of medicine, mental health, research, science, child development, and education. We focus on the needs of the "whole baby"—in the context of the family and community. Our job is to support you in the important work you do.

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    Juvenile Justice

    • Guide to Human Subjects Protection and the IRB Process (08-19-05) -- This is an online guide to the laws and regulations that govern research involving human subjects. It was prepared by the National Center for Juvenile Justice with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. Juvenile justice professionals committed to protecting the rights and ensuring the well-being of youth under the supervision of the juvenile justice system will find the guide a practical resource, as will those planning to establish an Institutional Review Board (IRB).
    • National Center for Juvenile Justice (06-11-04) -- NCJJ is a resource for independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of 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
    • Reclaiming Futures (02-28-07) -- Reclaiming Futures is a new approach to helping teenagers caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. A five-year, $21 Million initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Reclaiming Futures promotes new opportunities and standards of care in juvenile justice by bringing communities together to improve drug and alcohol treatment, expand and coordinate services, and find jobs and volunteer work for young people in trouble with the law.
    • Truancy Prevention (03-22-05) -- Because truancy is a complex problem requiring a comprehensive response, educators, law enforcement agencies, courts, communities and families all play a part in truancy prevention. This Web site focuses on partnership-building strategies designed to help children reach their fullest potential.

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    Leadership

    • Community Leadership Institute (11-13-08) -- The Center for Community Leadership assists states, counties, cities, territories, Native American Tribes, and public and private organizations to successfully serve the needs of children and adults, especially those with disabilities, in their homes, schools and communities.

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    Local, State and Federal

    • 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.
    • National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (02-19-04) -- The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Disaster Preparedness for Schools resource list contains links, books, and journal articles on disaster preparation for schools.
    • Northwest Regional Development Commission (01-08-04) -- Provides programs and services for the Area Agency on Aging, Northwest Regional Arts Council, Economic Development, Enterprise Fund(business loans), Transportation, Housing, Farm Wrap, Health Insurance Counseling and Flood Recovery.
    • 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.
    • United We Stand (10-04-04) -- Provides primary source documents that students use to examine the working conditions of U.S. laborers at the turn of the century and to develop their own answers to a question: "Was there a need for organized labor unions?"
    • 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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    Marketing

    • How to Write a Press Release that Gets Noticed (10-12-04) -- The information at this website will assist you when writing a news release for distribution. A well crafted press release captures the attention of journalists and is optimized for distribution over the Internet and through e-mail.

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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 Multicultural Human Services (05-18-06) -- Assists mental health workers in meeting the needs of clients who have a culture and/or language barrier to treatment. The Center is dedicated to bridging the gap between diverse client populations and mainstream mental health provider organizations.
    • 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.
    • 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:
    • Help Starts Here (03-29-06) -- The National Association of Social Workers -- in partnership with several schools of social work and the Amgen Foundation – recently launched a website that connects consumers to information and resources on more than 30 psychosocial topics. HelpStartsHere.org provides visitors with information about four key areas of social work practice: aging, children and family services, mental health, and public health. It was created to provide individuals and families with timely information about problems they face every day, and to offer resources that can help them cope successfully. The new site contains current trends, service options, tip sheets, and real life stories, among other content. It also encourages visitors to search a user-friendly “Social Worker Finder” tool if they need professional assistance. Social workers in multiple disciplines contributed materials to the site. HelpStartsHere.org is a key component of a larger public education campaign about the social work profession. The national campaign, which launched this year, seeks to not only change perceptions of who can benefit from social work services, but also to increase student interest in social work as a career.
    • Mental Health, Resilience, and Inequalities (10-12-09) -- This report by the World Health Organization provides information on the importance of developing initiatives to address mental health as a component of overall well-being.
    • 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.
    • President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (07-28-04) -- The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health released its final report, Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America one year ago. This visionary document calls for transformation of the Nation's mental health system.
    • 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.
    • SAMHSA Co-Occurring & Homeless Activitie Branch (CHAB) (12-21-09) -- The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of a new website to help SAMHSA grantees, health professionals & the public address problems of homelessness & co-occurring substance abuse & mental health disorders. The website, Co-Occurring & Homeless Activities Branch (CHAB) , features an online library of tools that are designed to advance the field & improve the effectiveness of prevention, treatment & recovery programs operated by SAMHSA's CHAB & other service providers.
    • 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: Recovery in the Worksplace (11-15-09) -- Webcast: Recovery in the Workplace: Treatment Benefits Both Employees and Employers. This program will look at examples of companies investing in their employees, what it means to nurture a "drug-free workplace," and what the recently passed Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act of 2008 means for employers. This program will look at examples of companies investing in their employees, what it means to nurture a "drug-free workplace," and what the recently passed Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act of 2008 means for employers.
    • Webcast: Social Services System (11-09-09) -- Webcast: The Social Services System: Supporting Treatment and Recovery for Individuals and Families. This program will examine ways in which social services effectively delivers assistance - via foster care, housing, job training, medical care, veteran support, for example - to those who need it, including the children and families of those with substance use disorders. The program also will offer tips on how to improve cooperation with other sectors of society.
    • Webcast: Treatment 101: Recovery Today (11-09-09) -- Treatment 101: Recovery Today This program will look at the current state of addiction treatment, examine recent advancements in the field, consider barriers to treatment and how to overcome them, and discuss strategies for making addiction treatment more accessible by establishing public health framework-based addiction treatment services for both the person suffering from the disease and members of the person's family.
    • 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

    • Avert Center for Safer Schools (10-09-06) -- A resource strategy for schools to utilize in becoming safer, healthier environments for kids to succeed, through best use of mostly existing and some new resources.
    • 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.
    • Casey Family Programs (08-08-07) -- The goal of the Casey Family Programs is to provide and improve—and ultimately prevent the need for—foster care.
    • Casey Life Skills (08-08-07) -- Here you will find free and easy to use tools to help young people prepare for adulthood. The life skills assessments provide instant feedback. Customized learning plans provide a clear outline of next steps, and the accompanying teaching resources are available for free or at a minimal cost.
    • 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.
    • Future of Children (10-20-08) -- Seeks to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.
    • Helping America's Youth Community Guide (02-08-07) -- This website is focused on connecting at-risk youth with family, school, and their community in order to help children and teens reach their full potential. Nine Federal agencies have come together to contribute their knowledge and programs to the Helping America's Youth initiative by developing The Community Guide to Helping America's Youth.
    • 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.
    • National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (02-20-04) -- The mission of the National Dropout Prevention Center is to serve as a research center and resource network for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape school and community environments to meet the needs of youth in at-risk situations so these students receive the quality education and services necessary to succeed academically and graduate from high school.
    • 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.
    • Northwest Service Cooperative (04-23-04) -- Northwest Service Cooperative is to be a regional leadership partner with schools, cities, counties, and other governmental agencies and to plan and provide innovative programs and quality services that maximize resources.
    • 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.
    • PhotoVoice (02-18-09) -- PhotoVoice’s mission is to bring about positive social change for marginalised communities through providing them with photographic training with which they can advocate, express themselves and generate income.
    • Project C3 (05-28-09) -- Connecting youth to community and careers
    • ResilienceNet (11-17-05) -- Information for helping children and families overcome adversities
    • School Mediation Center (07-29-04) -- Provides comprehensive programs, training services and products to teach youth and those who work with youth in the areas of peer mediation, restorative justice, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, diversity, social and emotional learning, and violence prevention.
    • 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.
    • The Challenge (02-19-04) -- The Challenge provides critical information and resources to assist schools in creating safe and healthy environments for young people.
    • 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
    • Web-Based Telephone Conference Calls (07-20-07) -- Conference call services for businesses, organizations and individuals. There are two free options plus a low-cost toll-free dial-in option to choose from.
    • 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

    • A Guide To Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) on The Web (01-08-08) -- SAMHSA provides this Web Guide to assist the public with simple and direct connections to Web sites that contain information about interventions to prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders. The Web Guide provides a list of Web sites that contain information about specific evidence-based practices (EBPs) or provide comprehensive reviews of research findings.
    • Atlas of Minnesota-Online (06-08-06) -- The Center for Rural Policy and Development announced the creation and release of a new web-based data and information tool called the Atlas of Minnesota-Online. Structured similarly to the center's popular hard copy atlas released in 2003, this new online version has approximately 140 updated maps divided into 11 chapters, analyzing everything from median family income to DUI arrests to the percentage of eighth-graders who have passed the state's Basic Skills Test for mathematics.
    • 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
    • Children's Report Card (03-12-05) -- Children's Report card sets 6 goals for the state's future and uses 31 indicator to track progress toward the goals.
    • Common Core of Data: America's Public Schools (03-09-06) -- This application enables users to create customized tables of CCD public school data using data from multiple years collected from five CCD surveys and a Census Special Tabulation
    • Datanet Census 2000 (03-03-05) -- Allows users to access 2000 Minnesota Census data and create maps
    • Education Seek (07-14-05) -- EducationSeek.com is a national directory of elementary, middle, and high schools. Use the directory to find potential schools or locate your current school and see how it compares to other schools in your city, county, or state.
    • Education Statistics, 2004 (10-01-05) -- NCES has just released the Digest of Education Statistics, 2004. This publication provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. Topics in the Digest include: the number of schools and colleges; teachers; enrollments; graduates; educational attainment; finances; federal funds for education; employment and income of graduates; libraries; technology; and international comparisons.
    • Frameworks Institute (07-18-05) -- The mission of the FrameWorks Institute is to advance the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems.
    • Kids Count 2004 Data Book (03-12-05) -- Data from the 2004 KIDS COUNT Data Book are now available in our easy-to-use, powerful online database that allows you to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles; or, download the entire data set as delimited text files.
    • Minnesota County Health Profiles - Datanet (05-01-05) -- View more than 200 health indicators for all Minnesota counties and the state as a whole. Minnesota County Health Profiles, based on data from the Minnesota Department of Health, is organized into five themes: demographic and vital statistics, morbidity and health care utilization data, chemical health indicators, environmental health data, and maternal and child health data. State and county profiles for 2000 are available.
    • Minnesota county profiles (03-03-05) -- A statistical profile of all the counties in Minnesota using the 2000 census information. The profile includes specific information on the people and households in each county. The profile includes housing data, educational attainment, income and other data. In short, each document in this series provides an in-depth demographic profile of the residents and households of a specific county in Minnesota.
    • Minnesota Milestones (03-12-05) -- This website allows you to view data, map, and chart 250 variables at the state, county, and school district level.
    • SchoolMatters (05-01-06) -- SchoolMatters provides rich information and powerful search and comparison tools to help uncover the stories behind the numbers, and further the discussion about how to improve student performance.
    • 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.
    • U.S. Census Bureau - State, County, City (06-02-05) -- Find basic counts/population, aging, disability, education, gender, income and employment, origins and language, poverty, race and ethnicity, relationships, transportation, and veteran information by state, county or city. Excellent source with some statistics broken down by age and by sex.

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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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    Rural Perspective Issues

    • National Rural Network (NRN) (08-15-05) -- The mission of National Rural Network (NRN) is to create awareness and understanding of those public policies which enhance the viability of Rural America. The NRN represents the breadth of non governmental organizations whose constituencies comprise an emergent new rural reality. This coalition will be recognized as the preeminent national stakeholder community in addressing these broad based concerns, challenges and opportunities.
    • Rural Assistance Center (08-15-05) -- The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) is a new national resource on rural health and human services information. Our information specialists are available to provide customized assistance, such as web and database searches on rural topics and funding resources, linking users to organizations, and furnishing relevant publications from the RAC resource library.
    • Rural Policy Research Institute (08-15-05) -- The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) conducts policy-relevant research and facilitates public dialogue to assist policymakers in understanding the rural impacts of public policies and programs.
    • Rural Poverty Research Center (08-15-05) -- RPRC is a community of policymakers, practitioners and researchers seeking to understand how policy and practice can reduce poverty across the rural-urban continuum.

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    Search Engine

    • 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.
    • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs/Practices (11-05-08) -- NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.
    • Univ. of MN Extension Service INFO-U (05-17-06) -- The University of Minnesota Extension Services website, INFO-U answers your questions about families, gardens, farms, food, homes, yards, and the environment.

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    • 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.
    • University of Georgia Gerontology Center (10-07-03) -- Provides an overview of Gerontology Center activities and faculty. It also coordinates snd promotes multi-interdisicplinary aging research, training and outreach.

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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.
    • Oneworkspace (10-23-03) -- An affordable and customizable web-based project management service and client extranet that simplifies project team collaboration with innovative task, document, email notification and calendaring tools.
    • Projectdesk (10-23-03) -- An online project and task management tool which provides a virtual workspace to facilitate effective communication between team members. Will help manage your team members and their activities to complete projects on time. Now you can easily assign tasks to your team members with priorities and due dates. Project Desk will automatically notify your team members of new tasks, inform you of completed tasks and even send out reminders of past-due tasks.
    • 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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    Truancy

    • Truancy (09-22-08) -- Information and resources that define truancy and truancy penalties and other related information from the California Department of Education.

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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

    • ACT: Adults and Children Together Against Violence (01-14-05) -- ACT—Adults and Children Together—Against Violence is a violence prevention project that focuses on adults who raise, care for, and teach children ages 0 to 8 years. It is designed to prevent violence by providing young children with positive role models and environments that teach nonviolent problem-solving. The project includes a national media campaign and training for community professionals.
    • Building Partnerships to End Men's Violence Initiative (01-14-05) -- The aim of this initiative is to inspire more men to take a stand against men’s violence and to play an active role in promoting healthy, vibrant relationships. To achieve this, we will promote stronger partnerships among those currently working to end violence and those individuals and organizations with potential for a more active role in prevention work.
    • Bullying.org (10-23-06) -- Bullying.org is dedicated to increasing the awareness of, and the problems associated with, bullying and to preventing, resolving and eliminating bullying in society.
    • 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).
    • Center for the Prevention of School Violence (10-03-06) -- Established in 1993 as one of the nation's first state school safety centers, the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - Center for the Prevention of School Violence serves as a resource center and "think tank" for efforts that promote safer schools and foster positive youth development. The Center's efforts in support of safer schools are directed at understanding the problems of school violence and developing solutions to them. The Center focuses on ensuring that schools function so that every student who attends does so in environments that are safe and secure, free of fear and conducive to learning. Positive youth development efforts are emphasized as the Center focuses beyond the school into the community and works in support of youth-serving programs and agencies which target the development of attitudes, behaviors, and conditions that enable youth to grow and become productive members of their communities.
    • Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (01-14-05) -- Violence in America has reached epidemic proportions. Today, all Americans are touched directly or indirectly by violent acts. In response, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) was founded in 1992 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to provide informed assistance to groups committed to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence. Since that time, our mission has expanded to encompass violence across the life course.
    • Children's Safety Network (01-14-05) -- CSN is a resource center for maternal and child health and injury prevention professionals in state health departments who are committed to reducing injuries and violence among children and adolescents. CSN staff offer expertise, resources, and contacts on any injury topic and can help you develop, implement, and evaluate injury and violence prevention activities.
    • 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.
    • Education Development Center (01-14-05) -- Programs and products developed to promote learning and health development for individuals of all ages. Website includes: Children's Safety Network, National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center.
    • 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.
    • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (01-14-05) -- Founded in 1996, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization led by more than 2,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence and leaders of police officer associations.
    • Know Gangs (10-04-06) -- This training program will give your staff the tools to reduce drugs on campus, school violence, the influence of gangs and will reduce the risk of a critical incident occurring on campus such as a school shooting. Four hours of training will make a difference. It will reduce potential civil liability and will increase safety on campus.
    • 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 Center for Mental Health (03-17-04) -- Welcome to the web site for the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, a training and technical assistance center for Federal grantees working to promote mental health and prevent youth violence among children, their families and other adults. To find out more about the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention and its services, read the Center FAQ.
    • National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) (01-14-05) -- NCPC's Mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur.
    • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (09-16-03) -- NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. Website includes: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
    • National Safety Council (09-22-08) -- The mission of the National Safety Council is to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.
    • 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.
    • Operation Respect (01-22-07) -- Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence.
    • Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (01-14-05) -- Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation is one of the nation's preeminent independent, nonprofit organi zations merging scientific knowledge and proven practice to create solutions that improve the health, safety and well-being of individuals, communities, nations, and the world.
    • Partnerships Against Violence Network (01-14-05) -- Partnerships Against Violence Network is a "virtual library" of information about violence and youth-at-risk, representing data from seven different Federal agencies.
    • 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?"
    • SafeState: Preventing Crime & Violence in California (01-14-05) -- SAFESTATE is a crime and violence prevention tool to create a safer California. It is based on the premise that crime and violence are not inevitable. There are solutions. The goal of SAFESTATE is to serve as a portal to statewide crime and violence prevention information. The site provides practical information on child abuse, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, elder abuse, gangs and youth violence, hate crimes, high-tech crimes, violence in schools and other topics. The site includes the latest statistics, research, model practices, useful action steps, funding sources, upcoming events and links to other state and national sites.
    • Safety Zone (09-30-03) -- Information for the training and technical assistance on school safety and violence prevention to public schools and school districts.
    • SafeUSA (01-14-05) -- SafeUSA, a nonprofit corporation in Washington, DC, is an alliance of public agencies and private organizations whose programs include research, service, training, communications, and policy development related to injury and violence prevention. Representatives of these organizations assemble twice each year to exchange information and develop strategies to increase support for injury and violence prevention.
    • 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.
    • Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (01-14-05) -- The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, formed May 1991, by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services seeks to reduce violence and its impact on the residents of Los Angeles. The Coalition is dedicated to addressing violence as a public health issue in Los Angeles. Members represent a broad cross section of concerned individuals from public and private organizations including: public health, schools, universities, law enforcement, the judiciary, community based organizations, the medical community, hospitals, the entertainment, media, and the community. The Coalition seeks to identify the social policies and processes which can prevent, control and reduce this costly health problem.
    • 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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