Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)
The Official Web Site of our partnering agency.

Albany County
The Official Web Site of the government of Albany County, NY

University at Albany - Center for Human Services Research (CHSR)
The Center for Human Services Research (CHSR) is dedicated to developing empirically based knowledge in order to promote effective services that meet human needs. The Center conducts applied research on human service programs and systems through interdisciplinary partnerships with government, foundations and non-governmental agencies. In so doing the CHSR extends the services of the University to assist government and its affiliated organizations better meet their goals and objectives.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides information, statistics and articles on improving the quality and availability of services.

Youth Leadership, Advocacy, Information and Resources

Families Together in New York State - Youth Leadership
Families Together in New York State is currently working towards building county, regional and statewide forums for youth to come together and have their voices heard. We believe the youth voice should be heard on all levels of services and communities. Nothing about us without us!
Visit their message board at

Youth in Progress (YIP)
The mission of the Youth In Progress is to enhance and advance the lives of today's and tomorrow's foster care youth by giving them a sense of self responsibility. To do this, YIP pledges to educate everyone involved in the foster care system to the realities of this experience. We will accomplish this mission by listening to youth in care and by offering them guidance that will allow them to achieve success in their lives and to realize their full potential.

National Youth Leadership Network
The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is dedicated to advancing the next generation of disability leaders.

Kids as Self Advocates (KASA)
KASA is a national, grassroots network of youth with disabilities and needs (and our friends), speaking out. We are leaders in our communities, and we help spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues. Those issues include: living with disabilities and health care needs, health care transition issues, school, work, and many more. We also help health care professionals, policymakers and other adults in our communities understand what it is like to live our lives and we participate in discussions about how to help each other succeed.

The National Disabled Students Union
The National Disabled Students Union (NDSU) is a national, cross-disability, student organization dedicated to social justice for all. Our mission is to mobilize and organize students with disabilities throughout the nation in order to continue the legacy of empowerment and community solidarity.

Youth @Work
Youth @Work, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) website for youth in the workforce. The EEOC's goal is to eliminate illegal discrimination from the workplace for all workers.

This website is designed to teach you about some of your rights and responsibilities as an employee.

Youth Communication
Youth Communication helps teenagers develop their skills in reading, writing, thinking, and reflection, so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives.

mpower is a new youth awareness campaign that's harnessing the power of music to change youth attitudes about mental health and fight the stigma facing the 1 in 5 youth with mental health problems.

Working with a diverse coalition of artists, music industry executives, mental health advocates and youth leaders, mpower is dedicated to reaching out to today's youth about a range of mental health issues, including depression, substance abuse, anxiety, eating disorders and suicide, and providing important resources and information to encourage those in need to seek help.

Sponsored by the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), one of the country's top health charities, and its 340 affiliates nationwide, mpower will turn up the volume nationally and locally through concert tie-ins, special events, media activities, PSAs, educational forums and web-based outreach and empower millions of young people to get informed and take action.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities.
The NCWD/Youth, created in late 2001, is composed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the NCWD/Youth is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NICHCY stands for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. We serve the nation as a central source of information on:

  • disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth,
  • IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,
  • No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and
  • research-based information on effective educational practices.

The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health serves, with humility and determination, to provide and sustain leadership for a broad and deep nation-wide network of family-run organizations. We harness the passion and we honor the cultural diversity of our national membership and help focus it as a potent force for change in behalf of children with mental health needs and their families.

For Publications, Guides and Reports - visit Families Together in New York State, Inc.

The National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
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