NAMI Lee County Inc.

aka NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties   |   Fort Myers, FL   |  www.namilee.org

Mission

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Vice President

Mrs. Vacharee Howard

Main address

8191 College Parkway Suite 201

Fort Myers, FL 33919 USA

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EIN

65-0122844

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Information and Referral

Telephone Helpline, email, web portal and in-person information and guidance to mental health treatment services as well as agencies/resources that assist with benefit applications, shelters and housing, food assistance, transportation, and advocacy. We also provide up-to-date and accurate information regarding mental illnesses, medications, co-occurring substance abuse, the Baker and Marchman Acts, guardianship and much more.

Peer Specialists work one-on-one with individuals and, based on their own lived experience with mental illness, can mentor and assist others with navigating the mental health care system and ways to successfully engage in their treatment and achieve goals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

NAMI’s Outreach Program is designed to bring our services out into the community where they are available, accessible and affordable (all of our services are offered free of charge).

• Participation in community/agency outreach events such as health fairs, college campus events, walks, conferences, symposiums and rallies for awareness.
• Presentations, speaking engagements and in-service training for school/college educators and administrators, civic groups, agency/business employees, service providers and more.
• NAMI FaithNet, an information resource and network for NAMI members, clergy and people of faith from all faith traditions. The goal of NAMI FaithNet is to engage faith communities to raise awareness and encourage the development of welcoming and spiritually nourishing environments in every place of worship.
• NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are for adults (18 years and older) living with mental illness and provide a safe, confidential environment that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.
• Family Support Group - a 90-minute peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with a mental health condition.
• NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free weekly, 10-session educational program for adults with mental health disorders who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery.
• NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, weekly 12 session educational program for family members,care-givers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

NAMI’s CIT Training program provides law enforcement and corrections officers with intensive training, including:
• Learning about mental illnesses and mental health crises from professionals and experienced officers in the community.
• Personal interaction with people who have experienced and recovered from mental health crisis and with family members who have cared for loved ones with mental illness.
• Verbal de-escalation skills. CIT teaches a new set of skills for ensuring officer safety – the words, approach and body language that convince a person to get help, or defuse a potentially violent encounter.
• Scenario-based training on responding to crises. With the help of volunteers or actors, officers practice their skills in common crisis situations, and get immediate feedback from instructors and classmates.
CIT Training gives officers more tools to do their job safely and effectively. It helps keep people with mental illness out of jail, and get them into treatment, where they are more likely to get on the road to recovery.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Where we work

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve any individual, family member or friend, service provider, first responder or any member of the general public affected by mental illness.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We had a lot of requests for our Family-to-Family class over the last six months so we committed to holding two classes before the end of 2021.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has allowed us to gauge the needs of those we serve so we can focus better on how to meet them.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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NAMI Lee County Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dennis Eads

Southwest Florida Public Service Academy

Term: 2021 - 2024

Chris Hansen

Kenneth Miller

David Sims

Peter Tarman

Mark Tesoro

Victoria Avellaneda

Helen Burton

Corey Lazar

Shalonda Scott

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/28/2021

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Leadership

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Gender identity
Female

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