Access to Mental Healthcare

Suicide Prevention / Substance Use Hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-TALK (8255) If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness. The phone number above will connect you to a skilled, trained counselor in your area 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline1-800-662-HELP (4357) Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Medicaid Coverage

  • Find out more about the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, here.
  • Find out about Medicaid coverage in your state here.
  • See if you are eligible for Medicaid here.

Private Providers who Specialize in Adult ADD

Note: Many private providers do not accept health insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid. Patients are typically responsible for out-of-pocket payments, but may be able to submit claims to their insurance companies for partial reimbursement. The list of providers below is for informational purposes only; Adult ADD Central does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. 

  • Envision ADHD: Based in Wisconsin, Dr. Jake Behrens specializes in a psychiatric approach that combines an understanding of the unique needs of working professionals with an expertise in ADHD-specific treatments.
  • NYU School of Medicine: Serving the New York City metropolitan area, NYU’s Department of Psychiatry Adult ADHD Program offers diagnostic examinations, medication management, neuropsychological testing, cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy.
  • Penn ADHD Treatment & Research Program: Located in Philadelphia, PA, The Penn ADHD Treatment & Research Program specializes in assessing and treating older adolescents and adults (generally age 18 and older) who have difficulties related to ADHD. The program offers diagnostic assessment, consultation and recommendations, specialized treatment, and access to clinical research protocols, whenever they are available.
  • Potomac Psychiatry: Serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Potomac Psychiatry provides medication management and coaching to improve organizational and time management skills for adults with ADHD.
  • ADHD Boston: Based in Needham, MA, ADHD Boston offers ADHD testing, medication and therapy for children and adults, including treatment for common co-morbidities (i.e. depression and anxiety disorders)
  • Bay Area Adult ADHD: Located in San Francisco, this practice offers assessment, medication management, and therapy/coaching for adults and children diagnosed with ADHD.

Mental Health Policy and Advocacy 

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. In addition to the resources available on NAMI’s national website, you can find your local NAMI chapter or dial the NAMI helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm EST).
  • National Council for Behavioral Health: Together with 2,500 member organizations, the National Council for Behavioral Health serves more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. Keep up with policy updates on the Council’s Capitol Connector blog , get trained in Mental Health First Aid, and read about dozens of mental health and substance abuse topics.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: AFSP is a leading organization in the fight against suicide. They fund research, offer educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support those affected by suicide. Find your local chapter here.
  • Mental Health America: Mental Health America is a community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Your local affiliate can help you access mental health resources in your area. Find your local affiliate by entering your zip code here.
  • The Kennedy Forum: The Kennedy Forum works with policymakers, medical experts, the business community, and advocates from across the political spectrum to ensure the rights secured by the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act are realized by all Americans.

Additional U.S. Government Resources and Services 

Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Shire US, Inc. (Vyvanse, Adderall XR) Shire US Inc., Wayne, PA 19087. Tel. 1-800-828-2088
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Concerta) Titusville, NJ 08560. Tel. 1-888-440-7903
  • Arbor Pharmaceuticals (Zenzedi) Atlanta, GA 30328. Tel.  678-334-2420

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)

The ADD Brain

ADD in the Workplace

  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
  • Federal laws prohibiting job descrimination FAQs

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


  • National Alliance on Mental Illness overview of depression.
  • Interview with Andrew Solomon about what it means to be depressed. Solomon’s book The Noonday Demon, which charts his own mental health struggle, has recently been re-issued in this country. Solomon argues we do not have a wide enough vocabulary when it comes to describing depression, and that the disease should be treated as seriously as a physical illness.

Meditation & Mindfulness


  • National Sleep Foundation: The National Sleep Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities.

Substance Use Disorder

  • What is Substance Abuse? A Booklet for Families: This booklet was created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. It answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. It also addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems.
  • SAMHSA provides a Mental Health Services Locator, an online, map-based program visitors can use to find facilities in their vicinity. SAMHSA also offers an opioid treatment directory specifically for individuals seeking treatment for opioid addiction.
  • ADHD and Substance Dependence: provides information on ADHD and substance use, as well as recommended resources for ADHD-focused addiction treatment.


  • The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Test: The ACE Study conducts ongoing research on the long-term effects of childhood trauma. The ACE Test attributes one point for each category of exposure to abuse or trauma. The higher the score, the greater the exposure, and the greater the risk of negative impacts.

Resources for Non-ADD Friends & Family

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