FAQs

What is NAMI?

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education. NAMI of Kalamazoo is the local affiliate. The state organization has offices in Lansing, MI; their web is www.namimi.org

NAMI of Kalamazoo, MI – is a non-profit self-help and advocacy group. We serve Kalamazoo County and several surrounding counties  including Calhoun, Allegan, St. Joe, Van Buren, and Cass. We currently have this new web page at www.namikzoo.org and our older page is still at www.namikalamazoo.org for the time being.

What Do We Do at NAMI-Kalamazoo?

Our members are volunteers who provide support, education, and advocacy for consumers, their friends, and their families during all phases of their mental illness journey. We DO NOT provide any legal, housing, transportation, or medical services.

Meeting Schedule

NAMI of Kalamazoo now holds 1 meeting each month for members, friends and advocates to attend; held on the first Thursday of most every month. All meetings listed are held at the Pathways building located at 119 West Vine St., Kalamazoo, MI near Bronson Hospital. The meetings start at 6:30 pm. The public are welcome to attend meetings.

Membership: Registration is via the national www.nami.org website ; annual dues are $35/year for regular members and $3/year for open door members (peers, consumers) and those with limited income. All members are entitled to vote.

Questions and Answers:

1. Where can I find help?  In MI all public mental health services are delivered from your county of residence. So in Kalamazoo you enter for services via the KCMHSAS Access center, which is located at 418 West Kalamazoo Ave in Kalamazoo, at 269-373-6000. You can call, set up an appointment or drop in.

2. Are any services for families available?  Yes, in SW Michigan the KCMHSAS group provides help for families. Contact Mari Mckinlay, Family Support, at mmckinlay@kazoocmh.org or call her at 269-276-0207. You may also contact Katie  at 269.364.6961 for general information regarding Family Support
Services. Also see programs on this site.