The National Technical Assistance Center
for Children’s Mental Health (TA Center) is located within the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development in Washington, DC. Since 1984, the Technical Assistance Center has been dedicated to working in partnership with families and many other leaders across the country to transform systems and services for children, adolescents, and young adults who have, or are at risk for, mental health problems and their families.
Using a multifaceted approach, the Center provides information, technical assistance, and training on system and service strategies for achieving positive outcomes for children and youth with mental health needs 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 and youth. 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.