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Center for Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network
The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) established the Knowledge Exchange Network as a one-stop, national clearinghouse for free information about mental health, including publications, references, and referrals to local and national resources and organizations.

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
The Booze News section of CSPI's website updates advocates on alcohol prevention policy through action alerts, issue statements, fact sheets, project descriptions, publications, links, news, and other resources.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is responsible for improving the accessibility and quality of substance abuse prevention services. The website offers information about policy, programs, services, resources and publications.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Model Programs
This website is for everyone involved in preventing substance abuse and creating positive change in the lives of youth. Users can access materials on how to implement and evaluate their community's model substance abuse prevention program, request training and technical assistance from program developers, link to numerous prevention and funding resources, and check out and order many free publications on all model programs and the latest in science-based substance abuse prevention.

Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
CESAR (1) collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on the nature and extent of substance abuse and related problems in Maryland and nationally; (2) conducts policy-relevant research on specific initiatives to prevent, treat, and control substance abuse and evaluates prevention and treatment programs; and (3) provides technical assistance and training to state and local government agencies. This website includes the weekly CESAR fax, a one-page overview of a timely substance abuse topic; the biweekly Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) by Fax, a one-page summary of evaluations of CSAT-funded drug treatment programs; the CESAR Board, one of the nation's largest online sources of substance abuse-related information; and the CESAR Library, a clearinghouse of information on substance abuse and related topics.

Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health
The Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health is designed to help partnerships, funders, and policy makers realize the full potential of collaboration in order to improve community health and the functioning of health systems. This website includes information about their current projects, resources and publications.

Center for the Study of Social Policy–Local Governance Clearinghouse
The Center for the Study of Social Policy has developed and operates this Clearinghouse on "Local Governance," a decision-making strategy in which community members accept responsibility for improving the lives of all children and families in their locality. This website allows users to understand local governance and its key principles and what is it trying to accomplish.

Centers for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPTs)
Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the CAPT system brings research to practice by assisting states/jurisdictions and community-based organizations in applying the latest research-based knowledge to their substance abuse prevention programs, practices, and policies. The website furthers this goal in a number of ways by including a listing of upcoming events, an online calendar, news, links to regional CAPT websites, contact information, publications and other prevention resources, and an online virtual conference center.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
CWLA is an association of more than 1,100 public and not-for-profit agencies devoted to improving life for more than 3.5 million at-risk children and youths and their families. This website gives descriptions, facts sheets, resources, and links to all of its program and topic areas. In addition, it has the most comprehensive collection of child welfare materials in North America for research support, standards development, task force activities, and public policy initiatives.

Children and Family Futures (CFF)
This organization is dedicated to improving outcomes for children and families, particularly those affected by alcohol and other drugs, by providing technical assistance and training to those interested. This website offer users resources, publications, stories, and links.

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