National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (TA Center) has taken a leadership role in addressing the mental health needs of children, youth and their families at the policy, research, training/consultation and direct service levels. The TA Center has provided the vision, leadership, knowledge base, to the field to build comprehensive community service delivery systems for children with mental health and/or substance abuse needs, and their families. The National Technical Assistance Center works with states, tribes, communities and families and offers a range of training and technical assistance opportunities, publications, and informational resources.

The TA Center is a component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and is housed within the Department of Pediatrics of the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Since 1986, the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health has been dedicated to helping states, tribes, territories, and communities to reform their mental health systems through innovative and collaborative solutions that improve the social emotional and behavioral well being of infants, children, adolescents and families.

Improving social and emotional outcomes for all children, youth and their families and improving access to quality care for those with mental health challenges is the core mission of the National Technical Assistance Center. System of care values and principals guide the center’s work with states, tribes, territories and communities. The center promote services and supports that are
 

  • Community based;
  • Comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative across systems and organizations;
  • In full partnership with families and youth;
  • Culturally and linguistic competent;
  • Individualized, flexible, and coordinated to fit each child and family;
  • Strength based; and
  • Evidence based or practice based on evidence

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health is committed to a broad view of mental health focusing on children from birth to adulthood, and their families. To this end, the center’s work focuses on the promotion of positive mental health and treatment for all children through the creation of community systems that assure needed services and supports for children and youth with emotional disturbance and youth with co-occurring problems such as substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and/or physical impairments.

Contact Information

National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Georgetown University
Box 571485
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: 202-687-5000
Fax: 202-687-1954
E-mail: childrensmh@georgetown.edu

Core Funding

The National TA Center is funded and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Center for Mental Health Services, the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, and the Special Programs Development Branch. Other funding sources include the federal Administration for Children and Families and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.