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About Us

Our Mission

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center), located within the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development in Washington, DC since 1984, is dedicated to increase the capacity of Communities, States, Tribes, and Territories, to improve, sustain, and expand Systems of Care and the services and supports provided within them to improve the lives of children, youth, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families.

The TA Center assists a range of audiences in planning for and understanding their role in change processes as well as in designing effective service systems and implementing effective practices for children, youth, and young adults. TA Center faculty and consultants have expertise with multiple populations with mental health needs including:

  • Infants and toddlers
  • Children and youth with co-occurring developmental disabilities or substance abuse
  • Youth transitioning into adulthood, and
  • Families from diverse cultural backgrounds

Faculty partner across the major child-serving systems such as child welfare, juvenile justice, health, mental health, and education. Applying a system of care framework, Center faculty work with states, communities, tribes, and territories to support leaders in achieving successful systems change for children, young people, and their families.


The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health is funded and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services’ Child, Adolescent and Family Branch and Special Programs Development Branch. Additional funding is provided by the federal Administration for Children and Families, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and other national foundations.