State of Delaware Mental Health Agencies

For more information about admission, care, treatment, release, and patient follow-up in public or private psychiatric residential facilities, contact your State mental health agencies:

For Children Services:
Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services
Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families
1825 Faulkland Road
Wilmington, DE 19805
Phone: 302-633-2573
Fax: 302-633-2614

For Adult Services:
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Department of Health and Social Services
1901 North Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: 302-255-9399

State Protection and Advocacy Agency

Each State has a protection and advocacy agency that receives funding from the Federal Center for Mental Health Services. Agencies are mandated to 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, board and care homes, homeless shelters, jails, and prisons. Agencies provide advocacy services or conduct investigations to address issues that arise during transportation or admission to such facilities, during residency in them, or within 90 days after discharge from them.

Brian J. Hartman, Director
Disabilities Law Program
913 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-575-0660
Fax: 302-575-0840

Other Advocacy Organizations or Services

Statewide consumer organizations are run by and for consumers of mental health services and promote consumer empowerment. These organizations provide information about mental health and other support services at the State level and are active in addressing and advocating for mental health system issues. For information about consumer activities in your area, contact:

Champions for Children’s Mental Health

Champions for Children’s Mental Health is a Delaware-based, nonprofit organization offering peer support, trainings and resource information to families caring for a child/youth with mental or behavioral health needs.

Barbara Messick, Executive Director
(302) 892-6408

Mental Health Association

The national and local Mental Health Associations provide information on mental health issues, information about community services and advocate for improved services.

National Mental Health Association Information Center
1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
Phone: 703-684-7722
Fax: 703-684-5968
Toll-free: 800-969-6642
TTY: 800-433-5959

Mental Health Association in Delaware
Community Services Building
100 West 10th Street, Suite 600
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-654-6833
Kent/Sussex: (800) 287-6423

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The national and local organizations provide information on mental illness, community services, support groups and advocacy components.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203
Main 703-524-7600
Fax 703-524-9094
HelpLine 800-950-6264

National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware (NAMI Delaware)
2400 W. 4th Street, Wilmington DE 19805
Phone 302-427-0787
HelpLine (888) 427-2643

The Parent Information Center of Delaware (PIC)

This is a private, non profit organization funded by the U.S. and Delaware Departments of Education, State of Delaware and private and corporate gifts. PIC provides: education advocacy training for parents of children with disabilities, information on special education laws and processes, information on the rights and entitlements of persons with disabilities and disability awareness training for schools and communities. In addition, PIC sponsors a Parent-to-Parent Support program with support group meetings to help families cope with a disability in the family. PIC sponsors a statewide conference each year which focuses on issues and topics of interest to families of children with disabilities.

Parent Information Center of Delaware (Northern Delaware)
5570 Kirkwood Highway
Orchard Commons Business Center
Wilmington, DE 19808
Phone: (302) 999-7394 
FAX: (302) 999-7637

Parent Information Center of Delaware (Southern Delaware)
13 Bridgeville Road
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: 302-856-9880
FAX: 302-856-9882
Toll-Free(in Kent County): 1-888-547-4412


Medicaid clients and their families may contact the following for advocacy assistance and information:

Delaware Medicaid Consumer Hotline: 1-800-372-2022
Health Benefits Manager: 1-800-996-9969

Other Sources of Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) is the Federal agency that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans.  SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention provide guidance and technical assistance to DPBHS to ensure quality and effective service delivery.

The National Institute of Mental Health supports national research in the prevention and treatment of mental health problems

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law maintains a "Children’s Issues" section on their website which contains information which is of interests to children and their families.