2017 Bylaws Amendment

The bylaws amendment was passed by vote of the NAMI membership on June 30, 2017.

CONSIDER THE BYLAWS AMENDMENTS

Bylaws revisions or amendments may be proposed by any voting member, or by any Director. Bylaws changes require a two-thirds majority of those voting to pass.

Text proposed for removal is struck through; text proposed to be added is bolded and underlined.  For a complete copy of the current NAMI bylaws visit: www.nami.org/bylaws.

Rationale:  In order to better represent the mission of the council, the Consumer Council would like to change its name to Peer Leadership Council to reflect a more positive and inclusive approach to their role as an advisory group to the NAMI Board of Directors.

Upon a review of this amendment at their meeting on March 4, 2017, the NAMI Board of Directors voted to support these amendments.

Proposal #1: Proposed by Leah Thedford, Chair of the Consumer Council and Janet Edelman, Chair of the Governance Committee

ARTICLE IV

Board of Directors

Section 1.  Directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of sixteen (16) in number, including fifteen (15) regular directors elected by the membership and one (1) Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council director elected by the Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council . Any action taken by the Board of Directors in compliance with Article IV hereof during any vacancy of one or more members of the Board of Directors, shall constitute the action of the Board of Directors.

Section 3.  Terms of Office. Commencing in 1990 and at each annual meeting thereafter, the membership shall elect five (5) regular directors for a term of three (3) years or until their respective successors shall have been duly elected and qualified to succeed the class of regular directors whose term will expire at the end of such meeting; commencing in 1992 and at each third annual meeting thereafter, the Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council shall elect from its members the Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council director for a term of three (3) years or until his or her successor shall have been elected and duly qualified to fill the vacancy of the Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council director whose term shall have expired that year.

Section 5.  Vacancy.

(2) In case of any vacancy of the Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council shall elect a Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council member to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term.

Section 6.  Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council. There shall be a Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council of persons who have or have had mental illness.  Each state voting member, or if there is no state voting member in a state, then the local voting members of that state, by consensus, shall elect a person who has or has had mental illness to the Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council.  The Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors and shall elect one of its members to the Board of Directors.  All Consumer CouncilPeer Leadership Council members shall be members in good standing of a state or local voting member.