The Virginia Family Network (VFN) is a program developed through a contractual agreement between the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and NAMI Virginia. The purpose is to create a statewide network of families who support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family-driven and youth-guided policy throughout the child-serving systems. To access their webpage, click here

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia (NAMI Virginia) was created in 1984 to provide support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families in Virginia affected by mental illness. To visit their website, click here

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) in Virginia builds partnerships to create improved educational opportunities for children with special needs. To find out more about this organization, click here

Mental Health America of Virginia provides education, support and advocacy opportunities for those affected by mental health issues. To access their website, click here

The Children’s Mental Health Resource Center, a program of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, is an innovative resource for families of children with mental, emotional or behavioral health needs. They assist families and providers in understanding the mental health services available for children and adolescents and link them to appropriate information and care. For more about their services, click here

Voices for Virginia’s Children focuses on developing and championing policies and practices that positively impact the health and well-being of Virginia’s children and families. Core policy topics include: early care and education, foster care and adoption, health & wellness, mental health, family economic security, and trauma-informed care. To access their website, click here

The Partnership for People with Disabilities is Virginia’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). It is one of a national network of UCEDDs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country. UCEDDs work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing, with a focus on building the capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens. To access their webpage click here