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					Territory Behavioral Health Agency                             part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
For more information about admission, care, treatment,         Services, investigates some complaints about treatment
release, and patient follow-up in public or private mental     facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. For
health and substance abuse treatment facilities, contact       further information at the national level, contact:
your Territory agency:
Social Services Division                                       Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Department of Human and Social Services                        7500 Security Boulevard
P.O. Box 997534                                                Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
Pago Pago, AS 96799                                            Phone: 410-786-3000
Phone: 684-633–7506                                            Toll-free: 877-267-2323
Fax: 684-633–7449                                              TDD: 866-226-1819
E-mail:                                            E-mail:
Internet:                                   Internet:
                                                               San Francisco Regional Office (serves American Samoa)
Territory Protection and Advocacy Agency
                                                               Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Each State and selected Territories have a protection and
                                                               90 – 70th Street, Suite 5-300
advocacy agency that receives funding from the Federal
                                                               San Francisco, CA 94103-6706
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
                                                               Phone: 415-744-3501
Administration (SAMHSA). Agencies are mandated to
                                                               Fax: 415-744-3517
protect and advocate for the rights of people with mental
illnesses and to investigate reports of abuse and neglect in
facilities that care for or treat individuals with mental
illnesses. These facilities, which may be public or private,
include hospitals, nursing homes, community facilities,        Advocacy Organizations
board and care homes, homeless shelters, jails, and            Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental
prisons. Agencies provide advocacy services or conduct         Health Association) maintains a referral and information
investigations to address issues that arise during             center and can help you locate local chapters. These local
transportation or admission to such facilities, during         groups have information about community services and act
residency in them, or within 90 days after discharge from      as advocates for people unable to represent themselves.
them. Contact:                                                 For more information about the association, write or call:
Protection and Advocacy                                        Mental Health America Resource Center
P.O. Box 3937                                                  2000 North Beauregard Street - 6th Floor
Pago Pago, AS 96799                                            Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone: 684-633-2441                                            Phone: 703-684-7722
Fax: 684-633-7286                                              Toll-free: 800-969-6642
E-mail:                             TDD: 800-433-5959
                                                               Fax: 703-684-5968
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)               E-mail:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is       Internet:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness maintains a            The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help
helpline for information on mental illnesses and referrals     Clearinghouse, funded partly by SAMHSA, promotes and
to local groups. The local self-help groups have support       helps to develop consumer-run self-help groups across the
and advocacy components and offer education and                country. Technical assistance and materials are available
information about community services for families and          on such topics as organizing groups, fundraising,
individuals. For information about the Alliance’s activities   leadership development, incorporating, public relations,
in American Samoa, contact:                                    advocacy, and networking. For more information, contact:

NAMI American Samoa                                            The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help
Psychiatric Services                                           Clearinghouse
LBJ Tropical Medical Center                                    1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1207
Pago Pago, AS 96799                                            Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 684-633-5139                                            Phone: 215-751-1810
E-mail:                                   Toll-free: 800-553-4KEY (539)
                                                               Fax: 215-636-6312
Territory-representative consumer organizations are run by     E-mail:
and for consumers of mental health services and promote        Internet:
consumer empowerment. These organizations provide
information about mental health and other support services     The National Empowerment Center is a Technical
at the Territory level and are active in addressing and        Assistance Center run by mental health
advocating for mental health system issues. For                consumers/survivors. The Center's mission is to carry a
information about consumer activities in your area,            message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to
contact:                                                       people who have been diagnosed with mental illness. The
                                                               Center provides information and referrals to
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum                 consumer/survivor resources nationwide and offers
450 Sutter Street, Suite 600                                   technical assistance to individuals and groups involved in
San Francisco, CA 94108                                        consumer empowerment activities. The Center distributes
Phone: 415-954-9988                                            recovery-related publications and sponsors education and
Fax: 415-954-9999                                              training activities. For information on consumer/survivor
E-Mail:                                        activities in your area, contact:
                                                               The National Empowerment Center
National Asian Pacific American Families Against               599 Canal Street
Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)                                     Lawrence, MA 01840
340 East Second Street, Suite 409                              Phone: 978-685-1494
Los Angeles, CA 90012                                          Toll-free: 800-769-3728
Phone: 213-625-5795                                            Fax: 978-681-6426
Fax: 213-625-5796                                              Internet:
Other Sources of Information
There are many sources of information that you can tap.
Your area mental health authority, which is generally a
part of the local government, may be useful. Other
branches of your city or county government also may be
able to help. For example, the education office might have
information about help for children, and the agency for the
aging might know about services for senior citizens. In
addition, your family physician or area hospital may be
able to make referrals. For legal advice, contact your local
bar association or go to Also,
your local library and telephone yellow pages may have
resource lists for sources of help in your community.


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