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NAMI Arkansas offers the following links and information on an "as-is" basis, we cannot endorse any non-NAMI program or organization.

Arkansas Autism Alliance (AAA)

The Arkansas Autism Alliance (AAA) is a collaborative effot among research scientists and physicians of Arkansas Children's Hospital and Reseach Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Pediatrics who share a common interest in the study of autism and it's causes and its causes and the providion of the best possible care to children with autism. Arkansas families affected by autism have their first chance to participate in a volunteer registry that will track how many people in the state have autism spectrum disorders with the debut of a new website, Families will also find a host of autism resources compiled on the site such as links to local organizations, support groups, opportunities to participate in research, bios of Arkansas autism specialists and more.. This website, developed by Jill James, PhD, will help families understand what’s happening with autism in Arkansas.  The registry component will help researchers at the collaborating institutions find out more about how many people in Arkansas have autism spectrum disorders and where they live.

Just us Friends: self-help videos on a wide variety of mental health topics:

SAMHSA ADS Center (Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health), a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promoting acceptance and social inclusion for people with mental health problems and countering the negative beliefs, harmful attitudes, and discriminatory behavior experienced by those with mental health problems. describes itself as a not-for-profit organization created by actress Glenn Close, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization). Close volunteered to learn more about mental health because both her sister and nephew publicly disclosed that they have mental health problems.

National Empowerment Center - The National Empowerment Center (NEC) is a National Technical Assistance Center sponsored by SAMHSA and run by mental health consumers/survivors. It provides information and referrals to consumers/survivors and the public nationwide, offers technical assistance to individuals and groups involved in consumer empowerment activities, distributes recovery-related publications, and sponsors education and training activities. To find more information about NEC, visit or call 1–800–769–3728.

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, the nation’s first national consumer technical assistance center, is sponsored by SAMHSA. This clearinghouse promotes and helps develop consumer-run self-help groups across the country. The Clearinghouse offers technical assistance and educational materials, including information on organizing groups, conducting fundraising, developing leaders, incorporating public relations, advocacy, and networking into activities.

To find out more about the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, visit or call 1–800–553–4539.

Arkansas Family and Youth Assistance Network (FYAN)

FYAN supports families and youth with behavioral and mental health issues. They provide information and resources to parents, allowing them to better help and support their children. To find out more about the Arkansas Family and Youth Assistance Network visit or call 1-800-342-2923.

Arkansas Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (AMPAC)

The Arkansas Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (AMHPAC) was established to monitor, review and evaluate the distribution and adequacy of mental health services in Arkansas. The Council is composed of  advocates, providers, consumers, family members and representatives of state and private agencies who advise the Division of Behavioral Health, state legislature, and governor. Members are responsible for the oversight of a multi-million dollar mental health block grant. You can visit their website at or e-mail them at

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Contact Your Representitives- NAMI Arkansas believes that each person has a voice and each voice is important. We encourage people to become advocates for Mental Illness by writing to their representitives. NAMI national can help you find out who your representitives are and how to contact them.

NAMI's Public Policy Platform

Mental Health Council of Arkansas

Arkansas State Hospital - Although it is an Australian-based website, we found the materials it provides useful to any teenager. The site includes coping tips, forums, fact sheets, personal stories as well as resources regarding mental illness, school, employment, stress and relationships.

CHADD’s Educator’s Manual on AD/HD - CHADD has released the 2006 2nd edition of the Educator’s Manual on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). It provides teachers with much needed, up-to-date, science-based information on AD/HD from an educational perspective. Specific academic and behavioral interventions are suggested for students at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels.

Autism Resource Center of Arkansas - The Autism Resource Center of Arkansas is dedicated to serving children and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). It is our mission to empower children and families with information and training to maximize the quality of life and developmental potential of affected individuals.

James L. Dennis Development Center - If you have a child with special needs, UAMS offers services to help your child learn to manage his/her condition. The James L. Dennis Development Center provides assistance for parents with children who may have developmental conditions. 


Expert Consensus Guidelines

Internet Mental Health

Mental Health Infosource

Mental Heath Aspects of Developmental Disabilities


Medication Information

Ablify (aripiprazole) - Used to treat Schizophrenia.

Adderall (amphetamine)  - Used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults.    

Ativan (lorazepam)   - Used to treat symptoms of anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.  It may also be used to calm people before surgical procedures.  Lorazepam is also used to prevent severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms (delirium tremens, or “DTs”), and to stop convulsions in people with epilepsy.

BuSpar (buspirone) - Used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Celexa (citalopram) - Used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Clozaril® (clozapine)Used to treat Schizophrenia.

Concerta (methylphenidate) - More info soon!

Cymbalta (duloxetine) - Used to treat major depressive disorder.

Depakote (divalproex sodium) - Valproic Acid - Used to treat bipolar disorder.

Effexor (venlafaxine) - Used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder and social anxiety disorder (social phobia).

Geodon (ziprasidone)  - Used to treat schizophrenia, acute agitation associated with schizophrenia (injection), and acute manic and mixed episodes of bipolar disorder.

Haldol (haloperidol)   - Used to treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

Invega (paliperidone) - Used to treat Schizophrenia.

Klonopin (clonazepam)   - Used to treat seizure disorders (such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, akinetic myoclonic, and absence [also known as petit mal] seizures), and panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia.  

Lamictal (lamotrigine)  Used to treat seizures (epilepsy) in adults and children as well as bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder). That means lamotrigine will help to delay the time to occurrence of mood episodes. Some patients with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder (four or more mood episodes in one year) have been treated with lamotrigine by itself.

Lexapro (escitalopram) -  Used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Lithium - Used to treat manic depression (bipolar disorder).

Luvox (fluvoxamine) - Used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Paxil (paroxetine) - Used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia), panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

Prolixin (fluphenazine)  - Used to treat Schizophrenia.

Prozac (fluoxetine) - Used to treat depression.

Remeron (mirtazapine)  - Used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

Risperdal (risperidone) -  Used to treat Schizoprenia and bipolar disorder.

Ritalin (methylphenidate)   - Used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults. 

Seroquel (quetiapine) -  Used to treat Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Strattera (atomoxetine)  - Used to treat children over 6 years old, adolescents, and adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   

Symbyax (olanzapine/fluoxetine) - More info soon. Click here to read the Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Symbyax.

Tegretol (carbamazepine)    - Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant medication that is most commonly used to treat seizures in patients with epilepsy. Although epilepsy is the only FDA approved indication, carbamazepine is also used to treat bipolar disorder and several pain syndromes.

Trileptal (oxcarbazapine) - Used to treat bipolar disorder and neuropathic pain.

Topamax (topiramate) - Used to treat  tremors, nerve pain, eating disorders, alcohol dependence, and bipolar disorder.

Wellbutrin (bupropion) - Used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and to help people quit smoking (smoking cessation).

Xanax (alprazolam)   - Used to treat panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia), certain types of anxiety disorders (such as generalized anxiety disorder), and for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.

Zoloft (sertraline) - Used to treat depression, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Premenstural Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), as well as  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in adults and children. 

Zyprexa (olanzapine) -  Used to treat Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.


Government Agencies

Arkansas Homepage

National Library of Medicine


Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Behavioral Health Services

Arkansas Medicaid

National Institute of Mental Health



Disability Rights Center  provides assistance regarding issue of rights information and advocacy services regarding education, housing, employment and post secondary higher education, abuse and neglect issues, access to community services, etc.

Arkansas Advocates for Children

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law - This site has do it yourself legal help that can assist you in writing your will, forming an LLC, creating a living trust, incorporating a business, filing a provisional patient application as well as many other things. For more information visit:

Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland's Criminal Justice System -   Although this book provides information and critical resources on how to help when an individual with mental illness becomes involved with the criminal justice system in Maryland much of the information is useful for persons living in Arkansas. The book has a focus on the mental health and criminal justice systems of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Beyond Punishment addresses helping an individual in jail awaiting trial, in prison serving a sentence or on probation or parole. It also discusses ways to help prevent a mental health crisis from leading to an arrest and subsequent involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as how to get mental health crisis services. Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System now can be purchased for $19.95 as a trade paperback on   Click here to purchase Beyond Punishment on If you looking for specific information and do not want to buy the entire booklet please click here to access topic specific fact sheets.

National Associations

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

National Mental Health Association

National Mental Illness Screening Project

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation


Prescription Drug Assistance Programs




The Medicine Program


Information about Medicare

For outreach and enrollment materials for Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) try these links:

                         Extra Help resources from CMS

                         Partnering with CMS Center

                         "Benefits Check-Up" online tool

  • Additional information about the Medicare prescription drug benefit is available through the following links:



  • Arkansas' Medicare Drug Plans is posted HERE.


Training Teleconferences and Archive   - The SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated with Mental Illness (ADS Center) hosts approximately six free training teleconferences annually. These events generally consist of two or more formal presentations followed by an open forum. Participants present and discuss the most up-to-date research and information about stigma and stigma-reduction programs and topics, as well as share experiences, and expertise on efforts to counteract discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness.

Since scheduling conflicts often prevent many stakeholders from joining in the live events, the teleconference trainings are archived online for individuals or groups to utilize at their convenience. To download complete presentations and listen to the audio recordings, visit the ADS Center Web site at Instructions for play and download are included here also.

We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions:

The SAMHSA ADS Center is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.

South Central MIRECC Communiqué - A publication by the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center.