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NAMI in the News

Check out the video below for more information about NAMI Oregon and our advocacy efforts. Executive Director Chris Bouneff is interviewed by television news anchor Ken Ackerman.

About NAMI Oregon

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon (NAMI Oregon) is a statewide grassroots organization with more than 1,700 members in 14 affiliates; it is one of 50 state organizations that comprise the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Our mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals living with mental illness and their families and loved ones through education, support, and advocacy. Our statewide toll-free Helpline (800-343-6264) is answered by trained volunteers and staff who provide information and referrals to mental health resources.

See a list of our current education courses and support groups around Oregon.

NAMI Oregon's affiliates, which rely on the support of dedicated volunteers, are vital to providing programs and services locally to let you know you are not alone. NAMI Oregon also works to ensure that everyone affected by mental illness is represented wherever decisions are made. NAMI Oregon testifies before the state legislature, serves on state planning and advisory committees, actively partners with strategic coalitions, and participates in task forces and other policy forums. 

Read below for the latest news and events at NAMI Oregon.


Eligibility for the Oregon Health Plan is expanding. There is no longer a lottery or waiting list, and we can help you sign up. Financial assistance is also available for many Oregonians who want to purchase new private insurance plans. Call 503-230-8009 to schedule an appointment or click here for more information.

HIPAA Privacy Rule Clarification

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a clarification on when it is appropriate for mental health care providers to share information protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, especially with family members and loved ones. The HIPAA Privacy Rule allows for health care providers to share information about a patient's care with family members not only when permission has been expressly granted, but also in circumstances when the patient may be unable to grant permission but the provider deems sharing information will be in the patient's best interest. For details, read the HIPPA Privacy Rule guidance.

Communication Checklists

Communication between care providers and family members of patients seeking treatment for mental illness improves the quality of care and reduces the risk of suicide for these patients. While confidentiality is a fundamental component of a therapeutic relationship, misunderstandings by clinicians about the limitations created by HIPAA, FERPA, and state laws for preserving confidentiality has caused unnecessary concern regarding disclosure of relevant clinical information. 

To address this deficit of communication, the Oregon Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry published a checklist for mental health providers in 2012.  The authors, Dr. Stewart Newman and Jerry Gabay (NAMI Oregon Board Member), have created a companion checklist to help families seek information from providers. Click here to view both the provider checklist and the family member checklist.

Community Resources

NAMI Oregon is rebuilding its Community Resources webpage. We have added many new resources statewide and will continue adding more in the weeks to come. Please take a look. If you know of a resource in your community that falls under one of the categories covered and should be included but is not, please email the suggested addition to

We are located at:

4701 SE 24th St., Suite E
Portland, OR 97202

Click here for a map. Our office is upstairs.


NAMI Oregon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Tax ID #: 93-0875209

Support NAMI Oregon
and its mission by
 contributing online

Become a member

Call our statewide toll-free

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Join Our Mailing List

Related Files

NAMI Oregon Transformation Policy Guide (PDF File)
Monthly Giving Form (PDF File)
Checklist for Providers (PDF File)
Checklist for Family Members (PDF File)
Enrollment Assistance Flyer (PDF File)
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2014 Smith Dinner Release (PDF File)
MHFA Flyer (PDF File)
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