Do I need to be a member of NAMI to attend? Will I get much out of the
We encourage both members and nonmembers to attend the
What does my registration fee include?
The registration fee includes all registration materials, attendance at all meeting sessions and events, and the Homecoming Party on Thursday, July 7. The registration fee does NOT include transportation, lodging, food, or incidental expenses. You must make your hotel and travel arrangements -- and pay for them -- yourself. Register now!
What if I register now, but then I am unable to attend? Can I transfer a registration to someone else?
Yes, you can transfer your registration to another person. You must inform us of the transfer in writing no later than June 15, 2011.
When should I plan on arriving in
The convention begins on Wednesday, July 6 and end on Saturday evening, July 9. This schedule will help you plan your stay at the convention.
Where should I stay?
The NAMI 2011
What airport should I fly into?
Two airports service the
A convenient, inexpensive alternative to a cab is to take the Chicago Metro Orange line from Midway to the
A convenient, inexpensive alternative to a cab is to take the Chicago Metro Blue line from O’Hare to the
When can I register on-site at the
What kinds of things happen during the
How do I decide what sessions to attend?
Review the program schedule and plan your schedule so that you can attend the sessions most important to you. Be sure to schedule breaks and other rest periods for yourself. The Convention Orientation session is a valuable resource for those attending our
What is a "plenary"?
Plenary sessions are major sessions of general interest designed for the entire convention attendance. They are held when no other events or sessions are scheduled.
What is the Leadership Institute? Can I attend?
The NAMI Leadership Institute offers leadership and organizational development opportunities to assist NAMI state organizations and local affiliates in meeting the NAMI mission. Any
Leadership Institute sessions will be held on Wednesday, July 6 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm
What if I can't go to a session I'm interested in?
You can purchase CD recordings of almost all of the sessions held at
Where can I get session recordings at the
A recording company records nearly all sessions at the
What should I wear at the
Casual clothes are appropriate. There are no formal events but some attendees like to dress up for the Homecoming Party on Thursday night. We highly recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. Meeting rooms tend to be chilly during the first sessions of the morning so be certain to bring a sweater or a jacket.
Can I bring a guest with me to the party?
Additional tickets for the Homecoming Party can be purchased at the NAMI Registration Desk for $40.00.
Is there time for sightseeing during
If you arrive in
Who are my state leaders and how can I meet them?
Most states will be holding meetings during the
I am looking for a member of my affiliate, how can I reach them?
A message board will be located in the hotel. Messages for
What are the elections being held? Can I vote?
Elections are held to determine which nominees will sit on the NAMI National Board of Directors. Only credentialed NAMI affiliate representatives can vote for the Board as well as on any pending resolutions or bylaw changes.
Voting will take place on Friday, July 8.