Convention FAQs

The following are answers to questions frequently asked about the 2020 NAMI National Convention in Atlanta. If you don’t see the information you need, please email convention@nami.org.

When and where will the 2020 NAMI National Convention take place?
What hotel is NAMI using for the convention?
How do I register and how much does it cost?
What is included in my registration fee?
If I am unable to attend the convention, how do I cancel my registration?
Can I send someone else in my place if I cannot attend the convention?
Can I update the registration information?
Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) Credits? 
Do I need to be a member of NAMI to attend? Will I get much out of the convention if I'm not a member?
Can I bring my support dog?
Are meals included in the convention?
What should I wear at the convention?
I am interested in sponsoring the convention. Whom should I contact?
How do I exhibit at the convention?
I would like to advertise in the Program Book or Mobile App?
Where and when is the 2021 NAMI National Convention?



 

When will the 2020 NAMI National Convention take place?
The dates for the convention are July 15 - 18. The convention will be held in Atlanta at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. All convention sessions and activities will take place onsite at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

What hotel is NAMI using for the convention?
The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is the convention headquarters hotel

How do I register and how much does it cost?
Information about rates, deadlines and how to register online will be available starting November 1. 

What is included in my registration fee?
The convention full registration fee includes all activities beginning the evening of Wednesday, July 15 through the NAMI Closing Event on Saturday, July 18. You may puchase day registrations and those events are not included. You my purchase those events separately.

If I am unable to attend the convention, how do I cancel my registration?
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to convention@nami.org. If you cancel before April 15, 2020, there is a $25 service fee to cover administrative costs. If you cancel between April 15 and July 1, there is a $50 service fee to cover administrative costs. No refunds will be processed after July 1, 2020.

Can I send someone else in my place if I cannot attend the convention?
Yes, you may transfer your registration to another person. There is a Convention Registration Transfer Form that you must completed and a $25 transfer fee that must be paid when you submit the form. All transfer requests must be done by July 1, 2020.

Can I update the registration information?
Yes, you can update or change your information by completing the Convention Registration Change Form. There is a $5 change fee for each requested change. All change requests must be done by July 1, 2020.

Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) Credits? 
Mental health providers can earn CE credits by attending sessions at the NAMI Convention. The exact number of hours will be finalized in May. At previous conventions, we have offered up to 21 credits. NAMI is a certified provider through the Minnesota Board of Social Work and the California Board of Registered Nursing. Please check with your specific agency to verify whether or not they accept credits from these sources.  
  

Do I need to be a member of NAMI to attend? Will I get much out of the convention if I'm not a member? 
We encourage both members and nonmembers to attend the convention! NAMI is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots advocacy group working on behalf of individuals with lived experience and caregivers. Whether or not you are a member of NAMI, you will benefit from the information offered at the convention, as well as the chance to network with some of the knowledgeable mental health advocates in the nation. 

Can I bring my support dog? 
Yes, documented and Registered Service dogs are welcomed but must remained leashed. If you are flying with your service animals, be sure to call for details or visit airline websites as some airlines have recently updated their policies regarding advance notification, documentation and other requirements for approval of service animals on planes. 

Are meals included in the convention?
No, meals are not provided. We only provide light hors d'oeuvres during the welcome reception and closing event.
  
What should I wear at the convention? 
There is no required dress code for the convention. Attendees usually wear casual or business casual attire. Presenters generally wear professional business attire. Remember, meeting rooms in hotels can be chilly, so dressing in layers is encouraged. 
   
I am interested in sponsoring the convention. Whom should I contact? 
Please contact Gustavo Guerrero at guerrero@nami.org.

How do I exhibit at the convention?
Please visit the Become An Exhibitor page for more details.

How do I exhibit at the convention?
Please visit the Advertising Opportunity page for more details.

Where and when is the 2021 NAMI National Convention?
The convention will be held at the Washington Hilton Hotel, June 30 - July 3, in Washington. D.C.