Welcome to the Centers for Technical Assistance

SmileOur original technical asisstance center, the National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center (NCSTAC) was established in 1998 by Mental Health America. We are currently in the process of opening 3 new TA Centers on a variety of issues.  Our purpose is to strengthen consumer organizations and provider agencies by providing technical assistance in the form of research, informational materials, and training. The MHA Centers for Technical Assistance (MHATAC's) promotes mental health systems transformation by working with diverse racial and ethnic communities to conduct comprehensive community assessments, develop community coalitions, advocate for improved mental health services and conduct public education activities.

To request technical assistance for your organization please contact us at the numbers and email address listed below. All MHA TAC publications can be downloaded for free or ordered as hard copy editions via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Housing, Homelessness and Social Inclusion Teleconference

The SAMHSA ADS Center has opened registration for its next training teleconference: Housing, Homelessness, and Social Inclusion: Essential Elements of Healthy Communities which will take place on February 23, 2011.  Registration will be closing on February 20th.

If you need  a more complete description about the teleconference and a link to register they can be found on the SAMHSA Web site at the following link http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/teleconferences/default.aspx.  



The Center on Adherence and Self-Determination

The Center on Adherence and Self-Determination 


An exciting new research Center has been created to examine service engagement (a.k.a. treatment "adherence", "compliance") using a self-determination framework. The Center on Adherence and Self-Determination (CASD) is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and directed by Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D. of the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Psychology. The Center is based at the Illinois Institute of Technology and involves investigators at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Rutgers the State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Investigators conduct research aimed at promoting choice and full engagement in services that help people with serious mental illnesses achieve their recovery goals. The Center leads the field in the conceptualization, development, and dissemination of innovative research methods, analytic approaches, and interventions aimed at promoting self-determination and service participation.


September 2011 International Community Inclusion Proposal Deadline Approaches

September 2011 International Community Inclusion Proposal Deadline Approaches!

The Temple University Collaborative's Second International Research Conference on Community Inclusion is scheduled for September 19 - 21, 2011, in Philadelphia - and the deadline for submission of proposals for institutes, workshops, and poster sessions is quickly approaching.

Proposals are due January 31, 2011. Guidelines for the proposals can be found on our website at http://tucollaborative.org/call_for_papers.html.

We are seeking proposals that review current research findings on community inclusion, describe innovative community inclusion policies, programs, and practices, or offer personal stories about the impact of community inclusion on the lives of those with psychiatric disabilities, and are especially interested in submissions from consumers and consumer-operated programs
Using Social Media for Social Good

groupJean and Steve Case established the Case Foundation in 1997 to reflect their family’s commitment to finding lasting solutions for complex social challenges.

Our purpose is to expand giving, promote everyday philanthropy, deepen civic engagement, and broaden the use of new technologies to make giving more informed, efficient, and effective. They seek to do this while emphasizing the value of collaboration across all sectors, individual and organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship

Publication: A Guide to Funding and Financial Management

NCSTAC is pleased to announce the release of our new technical assistance manual, A Guide to Funding and Financial Management. This is the latest addition to our growing library of technical assistance guides for peer-run organizations.



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