Orange County Mental Health Resources

Child Care Behavior Consultation

Provides screening and support to children from birth to age 5 whose child care providers have concerns about their development, behavior, or ability to succeed in the classroom. Consultants provide support based on the needs of individual children and work with child care providers and families to create success strategies in the classroom. Services are provided free of charge and do not require a diagnosis. Contact: Jessica James Reed, MS, LPCA at 919-423-6394.

KidSCope Outreach Services

Provides evidence-based therapies in English and Spanish for families with children from birth to age 5, which focus on improving the caregiver-child relationship and increasing children’s positive behaviors. Parents are actively involved in the program and gain an understanding of their child's behaviors and how to address them in a developmentally appropriate manner. Services include customized evaluation, early intervention and individual counseling and education for families, including Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), and Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS). Contact: Kathy Eden, MSW, LCSW at 919-358-3585.

Incredible Years Parent Education

The evidence-based parent program is a free 15-week program for parents of children aged 3-6 years in Orange and Chatham Counties. Parents learn skills to promote children’s social competence, school readiness and to reduce behavior problems. Offered in English and Spanish, classes focus on play and positive involvement with children, praise and rewards, effective limit setting and non-violent discipline practices. Contact: Alexandra Morris, MSW at 919-593-4655.

Mental Health of America of the Triangle

A national organization that supports a variety of education, training, and support for parents, providers and community members on an array of topics related to mental health and wellness throughout the year. Phone 919-942-8083. Website >>


Family Advocacy Network (FAN) provides free services to parents raising children (toddler--high school) with serious mental health conditions, learning disabilities, substance abuse, high-functioning Autism.

The Pro Bono Counseling Network (PBCN) provides free counseling to uninsured/underinsured individuals via a network of licensed, volunteer therapists.

The Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth is a partnership between community members and various agencies, schools and organizations in Hillsborough and rural Orange County concerned about the issue of underage drinking and drug use.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Orange and Durham County

Provides support, advocacy and education. Phone 919-929-7822. Website >>


Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-session course that teaches ways to understand and help the person with mental illness and helps the family cope with family crisis.

Family Support Group is for family members and close friends of mental health consumers. (See SUPPORT GROUPS)

NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program for persons who live with mental illness. (See SUPPORT GROUPS: NAMI-Durham)

Peer-to-Peer Education Program consists of nine two-hour classes taught by a team of three who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

In Our Own Voice educates the general public and changes attitudes and stereotypes about who has mental illness and how those persons look and act.

NAMI Basics is a free six week course for parents or direct caregivers of children who have shown symptoms of mental illness before the age of 13.

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