NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
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3803 N. Fairfax Dr Suite 100
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National Alliance on Mental Illness
3803 N. Fairfax Dr. Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203 1701 USA
3803 N. Fairfax Dr Suite 100
Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)
Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)
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IRS Filing Requirement
This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
How does this organization make a difference?
Support, Education, Awareness, Advocacy, Research Every day, we reach out and respond to those in need. As the navigator of our nine signature education programs, offered in thousands of communities across America through our NAMI State Organizations NAMI Affiliates, we ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators are served. NAMI is tireless in our efforts to equip and train grassroots volunteer facilitators who provide individual and family support groups in thousands of communities across America. Through the toll-free NAMI HelpLine, we respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many. Public awareness events and activities including Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), NAMIWalks, and other efforts, successfully combat stigma, promote awareness and encourage understanding. By responding to current news events as they happen, NAMI ensures that media reporting is compassionate, understanding and accurate in portrayals of mental illness—NAMI promotes solutions. Each day, NAMI effectively shapes the national public policy landscape for people with mental illness and their families and equips grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. NAMI reaches out to our country’s youth and young adults, helping to shape the next generation’s experiences with recovery, encouraging a better tomorrow for all Americans. Recognizing the unique needs of our American heroes and their families, NAMI aggressively reaches out to help offer free and essential NAMI education and support group programs in thousands of local communities. NAMI actively promotes mental health care, support and a caring community for our veterans, their spouses and their children. Tirelessly promoting research, as they have done for decades, NAMI ensures solutions for early intervention, improved treatments and, eventually, a cure for mental illness. Continuing to build and cultivate virtual communities that reach millions of Americans who turn to NAMI through NAMI.org and social media channels for the latest information on treatment, services, supports, advocacy, research happenings, NAMI works every day to offer inspiration, information and encouragement.
What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
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Education, Training & Support
NAMI offers an array of peer education and support programs to help individuals, and family members, who are living with emotional and behavioral difficulties and other symptoms of mental illness. More than 185,000 people participated in a NAMI sponsored education class in 2013. NAMI offers help and a sense of community for parents, family caregivers, veterans, health care providers and persons living with mental illness. NAMI provides training, curricula, materials and technical assistance to thousands of volunteer teachers, trainers and facilitators who are committed to bringing these programs into their local communities.
NAMI achieved tremendous milestones in its education programs in 2013. The federal government added NAMI Family-to-Family to the National Registry of Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs. The NAMI Family-to-Family program leads to positive life changes for participants that enable them to feel more in control of their own lives. This is a major accomplishment for any program, but for a course that is provided by trained volunteers with the “lived experience,” it is an even greater feat. The results of the study are an endorsement of the quality of the program as well as the competence of the volunteer teachers who have committed their time and energy to adhering to the integrity and fidelity of the model in which they were trained.
The federal government added NAMI Family-to-Family to the National Registry of Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs. The NAMI Family-to-Family program leads to positive life changes for participants that enable them to feel more in control of their own lives. This is a major accomplishment for any program, but for a course that is provided by trained volunteers with the “lived experience,” it is an even greater feat. The results of the study are an endorsement of the quality of the program as well as the competence of the volunteer teachers who have committed their time and energy to adhering to the integrity and fidelity of the model in which they were trained.
NAMI is recognized as the preeminent voice on Capitol Hill and in State Legislatures across the country advocating on behalf of those living with mental illness and their families. NAMI promotes common sense solutions to local, state and national public policy landscapes by fighting for early intervention, community support services and access to affordable mental health care.
NAMI continues to work on behalf of individuals living with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal justice system. The past year represented the 25th anniversary of the first police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), which NAMI helped establish in Memphis. Today, there are more than 2,000 CIT programs nationwide. NAMI's CIT Center provides information and technical assistance to law enforcement, mental health professionals and other stakeholders, working to divert people from jails or prisons into treatment.
NAMI also worked with a coalition of criminal justice and mental health groups to reauthorize the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, federal legislation that supports a variety of approaches to jail diversion and community reentry for individuals in the justice system with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.
NAMI's "Got You Covered” was launched to educate on the opportunities and challenges of health care reform implementation. The campaign includes a series of fact sheets and toolkits to help people understand how health care reform impacts those living with mental illness.
A second national NAMI Smarts teacher training was held. A total of 26 teachers were trained from 13 states, with a total of 24 states implementing the program. NAMI Smarts is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Mary Giliberti, J.D. is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Previously, Ms. Giliberti served as a section chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, she was the director of public policy and advocacy for federal and state issues at NAMI.
During her 20+ years in the mental health field, Ms. Giliberti also served as a disability counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and as a senior attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
Mary earned her B.A. at Harvard College and her J.D. at Yale Law School. She is a native of North Bellmore, N.Y.
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