NAMI Genesee County
NAMI Genesee County maintains an office in Flint, MI at 420 W. Fifth Ave. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1320, Flint, MI 48501, Phone (810)232-6498
NAMI Genesee County is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation of persons with a serious brain disorder, their family and friends. It is affiliated with NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness). A working Board of Directors and volunteers manage the organization’s business. There are no paid staff at the Genesee County affiliate.
NAMI’s policy of non-discrimination, local, state, and national: Shall without exception, not discriminate among those eligible for membership based upon sex, age, ethnicity/race, creed, color, sexual orientation, disability, or economic status nor shall membership be limited upon an individual’s declaration of status as either a consumer or family member and this position shall be communicated to all members.
Brief History of NAMI Genesee County
NAMI Genesee County was founded in November 1983 and incorporated February 1985. A family placed an ad in the Genesee County newspapers asking families with a family member suffering with mental illness to attend a meeting and unite in the process of forming an affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). In 2005, delegates at the National Conference voted that NAMI would stand for National Alliance on Mental Illness.
NAMI Genesee County was instrumental in calling for the first statewide meeting to organize AMI of Michigan. The eight Michigan family groups who attended this meeting signed to incorporate AMI Michigan in 1985.
Corporate name changes have occurred through the years to include:
- Family Support for Mental Recovery, February 1984
- Genesee County Alliance for the Mentally Ill Family Support Inc., April 1986
- Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Genesee County Inc., 1994
- NAMI Genesee County February, 1999
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these disorders, including children with serious emotional disorders.
……NAMI National was ranked by Worth magazine in it’s “top 100 charities most likely to save the world” in December 2001……
NAMI Genesee County will be the foremost advocate in Genesee County for persons affected by mental illness, including children with serious emotional disorders, and the leading proponent on consumer and family involvement in care, treatment and recovery.
Our efforts are to focus on support to persons with serious brain disorders and to their families; strengthen families to provide support, education, and advocacy in the community; to coordinate family and consumer involvement to influence public policy and advocate for nondiscriminatory and equitable federal, state, and private-sector policies; to support research into the causes, symptoms and treatments for brain disorders; and education to eliminate the pervasive stigma surrounding severe mental illness.
Key Messages Adopted by the NAMI G.C. Board of Directors
- Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders and treatment works.
- Early identification and treatment are most effective.
- Stigma against the mentally ill hurts.
- Unequal medical insurance coverage is unfair.
- People with brain disorders do not belong in jail.
- Disabled people have a right to employment.
The strength of NAMI is in its grassroots membership.
Local Affiliates www.nami.org/sites/namigeneseecounty
NAMI has more than 1,200 local affiliates spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto, Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. NAMI Genesee County presently has approximately 100 family memberships and a monthly newsletter distribution of more than 250.
State Organizations http://mi.nami.org
NAMI Michigan maintains an office at 921 N. Washington Ave. in Lansing. NAMI MI is operated by an Executive Director and Board of Directors with elected delegates from local affiliates.
NAMI National www.nami.org
NAMI National serves as a clearing-house and coordinator of state and local activities, ideas, and products to provide resources and technical assistance when needed.
By educating legislators and policymakers, NAMI maintains a strong presence on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. NAMI staff work on many issues involving serious mental illness. NAMI’s advocacy efforts also extend to federal agencies and the White House.
NAMI supports research through its association with NARSAD, The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. www.narsad.org
NAMI Genesee County
NAMI Board Members December 2011
Sandy Anderson, Erma Barber, Jeff Bernard, Ramona Deese, Gregory Hall, Marsha Hardy, Ruby Taylor, Jan Taubitz
Sandy Anderson, President
Gregory Hall, Vice President
Marsha Hardy, Recording Secretary
Jan Taubitz, Secretary
Erma Barber, Treasurer
Operating Activities 2011:
The NAMI Genesee County office is located on the second floor of the CMH building on Fifth Avenue in Flint. CMH provides an office to NAMI in return for orientation to CMH employees and Consumers regarding NAMI services and, in cooperation with CMH’s Customer Services Office, assisting consumers with issues that arise. With state and county budget problems, NAMI has been involved with advocacy and education to uninsured and underinsured county residents in need of mental health services.
The President has been active with NAMI operations and advocacy. She attended the NAMI Michigan Conference. She coordinated the guest speakers for the 2011 NAMI Genesee County support group meetings held on the second Tuesday of every month. Mrs. Anderson served as the Genesee County Chairperson for NAMI Walks and participated in the walk. She is listed on the National website as the contact person for NAMI Genesee County. She assisted in monitoring the Genesee County phone line.
NAMI cooperates with agencies and organizations that provide services for persons with mental illness. NAMI members have attended CMH board and committee meetings. The board members have met periodically with the CMH director, and we have representation on the Consumer Council. CMH offers speakers for some of our support/education meetings, distributes our brochures and newspapers, and provides us with an in-kind donation of an office.
NAMI GC has a close relationship with Project Vox, a substance abuse prevention program in Flint. Since many people with brain disorders also have substance use problems, cooperative effort benefits both groups. NAMI GC provided an information table at the MOST Soberfest in July.
Members supported legislation favorable to people with mental illness and educated elected officials about mental health issues by writing letters and making phone calls to state and national officials.
NAMI GC members worked with Michigan NAMI to promote NAMIWalks, a fundraiser designed to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
We have a website hosted by NAMI National and one of our board members maintains and updates the website.
Conferences, Workshops and Outreach
- Two members attended the NAMI National Conference in Chicago from July 7th-10th.
- Four members attended the NAMI Michigan annual conference in Livonia Michigan on May 13th and 14th. The topic was “Erasing The Stigma”.
- Several members participated in Project Vox Walk for Recovery (Soberfest) in July.
- One member participated in a mental health function at Our Savior Luthern Church and First Presbyterian Church.
- Two members attended facilitator training for Family to Family classes
- NAMI Basics classes were held in Clio and Grand Blanc and another at the, McLaren Day Treatment Center.
- NAMI Genesee County has representation on the Greater Flint Health Coalition Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force and the ISD Great Start Collaborative.
- NAMI members provided guest speakers for psychology classes at Grand Blanc High School.
- NAMI members provided a panel discussion for a class of senior nurses at the University of Michigan.
- NAMI members provided a speaker for the CMH "Coffee and Conversation" meeting.
NAMI Family to Family
Family to Family is a series of 12 classes for family members of people with mental illness. We have trained facilitators and had our first class in Flushing in 2010. We are preparing to offer the classes again in February 2012.
Education Programs: Part of the second Tuesday support meeting of each month was dedicated to an educational program. In 2011, we had speakers and videos on various topics of interest to consumers and family members. We hosted the Janssen program “Choices in Recovery, Relapse Awareness & Reduction Strategies” with presenter Richard Berchou from Wayne State U. We provided an information table at the Grand Blanc School’s Kindergarten Round Up. Our January meeting was our Annual Meeting with dinner and guest speaker Dr. Jim White. Support/education programs were free of charge to participants.
Exhibits: We were invited to several locations: Our Savior Luthern Church Community Outreach Program, the Clio Community Health Fair. We handed out information about mental health and NAMI. We distributed NAMI literature in area hospitals and clinics.
Promotion: Upon request, we mail NAMI promotional materials to therapists and individuals.
The Common Bond: We publish and mail 255 monthly newsletters to provide members, friends, consumers, legislators, and providers with current information on issues, resources, research, medications, and pending legislation.
Support Groups: NAMI GC has free support group meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the McLaren Community Medical Center 1314 S. Linden Rd., Flint, Michigan 48532 from 7-9 P.M. Family meetings are facilitated by family members. Consumer meetings are facilitated by consumers.
Support and Help Line: We operate a local phone line 810-232-6498 and contact info. is on www.nami.org and www.minami.org. We also have referrals from NAMI Michigan.
Membership Committee: provides information and support to families at meetings, maintains an accurate roster for newsletter mailings and memberships.
NAMI KIDS: Members of this committee respond to young families whose children have a neurobiological brain disorder (mental illness). Families are offered support and information to help them cope.
NAMI KIDS programs include the following:
- “Parents and Teachers as Allies,” is a two-hour in-service mental health education program for school professionals. It responds to recommendations included in Goal 4 of President Bush’s New Freedom Commission report on mental health that calls for schools to play a larger role in the early identification of mental health treatment needs in children and in linking them to appropriate services. The NAMI Genesee County KIDS Committee has been designated as national trainers for other affiliates who wish to implement “Parents and Teachers As Allies.” We have also been designated as a research site.
- We publish a monthly newsletter especially for young families, “NAMI Kids News,” which is mailed with NAMI’s newsletter, “Common Bond.”
- “NAMI Basics” is a series of six classes for parents of children with mental disorders. Classes are free of charge to parents.
- “Breaking the Silence” is a one or two hour lesson developed by NAMI for use by teachers to reduce the stigma of mental illness. We promote the lesson for use in elementary, middle school, and high school health classes.
- Swartz Creek and Fenton Knights of Columbus have provided funding for the NAMI Kids’Committee projects.
NAMIWALKS: Michigan’s seventh annual Walk was held Saturday, September 24th at Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge Campus. The purpose was to publicize the needs of people with brain disorders and to raise funds for support, education, and advocacy services. The Walk had T.V. and newspaper coverage. Several of our members participated by soliciting donations and walking on the day of the event. The proceeds were shared by NAMI national, state, and local affiliates.
Research: NAMI supports NARSAD, (The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) and the Brain Bank. One Thousand dollars in donations from members was forwarded to NARSAD in 2011.
Project Companionship: We finance monthly outings for consumers who attend NAMI support meetings. 2011 outings included several bowling events.
- Membership appeal (dues)
- Memorial contributions/tributes
- Newsletter subscriptions
- Other cash donations from individuals
- Grants and donations from other organizations
- VG’s receipts and Spartan labels redeemed for cash
- Office Depot “Rewards”
In-kind donation of meeting space from McLaren Community Medical Center makes our meetings possible. In-kind donation of an office at CMH greatly lowers our administrative costs. In-kind donations of gasoline, computer paper and ink, snacks, etc. and hours of time from many members support NAMI G.C.
NAMI could not exist without our dedicated Board members. Board members were asked to log their volunteer hours and miles driven. Our President, Secretary, Treasurer and board members logged miles and hours from January 1 to December 31, 2011. They logged 2028 hours and 6948 miles.
We wish to thank all those who give unselfishly of their time, support, compassion, friendship, and finances to keep NAMI operating. We have provided support, friendship, and education to many families and individuals living with mental illness.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Compiled and published January 2012 by the NAMI Genesee County Board of Directors.
Yearly Income Expense/Balance Sheet 2011 (Excel File)