Monday, May 20, 2013
NAMI Alabama is a tax-exempt private non-profit organization under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. NAMI Alabama is a unique non-profit organization because its core members and leaders are family and friends of those with serious mental illnesses, and persons with mental illnesses themselves.
NAMI Alabama is comprised of local support and advocacy groups throughout the state dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with a mental illness in Alabama. The number of such groups is growing rapidly as families become more determined to improve treatment and care for Alabamians diagnosed with a mental illness.
NAMI Alabama also links affiliates and members together so they can more effectively advocate on statewide issues affecting persons with mental illness. Local affiliates offer support and education and usually focus on local issues.
NAMI Alabama advocates on the local, state, and federal levels to approve legislation that will improve the lives of the persons with severe mental illness. NAMI Alabama shares the overall concerns of all local affiliates and speaks as one collective voice on statewide issues.
What Does NAMI Alabama Do?
NAMI Alabama is a partner with the National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partnership Program. The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide outreach initiative of the NIMH with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstrations (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) that enlists state and national organizations in a partnership to help close the gap between mental health research and clinical practice, inform the public about mental illnesses, and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. For more information on the NIMH Outreach Program please visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partners/.