Form a NAMI Affiliate


The strength of NAMI is in our grassroots membership. Members of our Alliance who are motivated to make a difference, speak with one voice to ensure that individuals and family members affected by mental illness can build better lives.

With over 600 NAMI Affiliates across the country, NAMI Affiliates are a critical part of our Alliance—along with our 48 NAMI State Organizations and national NAMI headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. We educate by providing education programs in thousands of communities across the United States. We advocate and help shape national public policy. We listen through the NAMI HelpLine. We lead by increasing public awareness, especially during Mental Illness Awareness Week and with NAMIWalks. Visit About NAMI for more detailed information.

Currently, we are not be able to accommodate New Affiliate Development in states and US territories where there is no NAMI State Organization in place (WV, ND, PR, and VI).

NAMI Affiliate Formation Phases

Interested in starting a NAMI Affiliate? Please review the information below and complete the submission form to get started.

Phase 1: Inquiry

  • Individuals interested in starting new NAMI Affiliates learn general information about NAMI, NAMI State Organizations (NSOs), NAMI Affiliates (NAs).
  • Submit interest form.

Phase 2: Evaluation

  • The NSO will review the interest form and determine the need for a new NA in the specified geographic area.
  • The NSO will evaluate the local need, resources, capacity and commitment.
  • The NSO will communicate its decision of approval or denial to form a new NA to the individual/group in writing.

Phase 3: Formation (for Groups/Individuals who have NSO approval ONLY)

  • The approved group/individual will receive formation requirements and policies from the NSO.
  • The approved group/individual will receive an agreement and application from the NSO.

Phase 4: Application Submission and Review

  • The NSO will verify adherence to formation requirements, document their findings in writing and will forward to group/individual and NAMI.
  • The NSO’s board of directors vote to endorse the group/individual’s application and forwards the approval in writing to NAMI.

Phase 5: Approval

  • NAMI mails a welcome letter to the board approved group/individual including the instructions for completing the Affiliation with NAMI.
  • Based on the satisfactory completion of the previous step, the group/individual becomes “Model B” Affiliate.

Phase 6: Addendum

  • NAMI State Organization receives the “Addendum” to the State Charter for signatures.

Affiliate Interest Form