NAMI of Collier County was originally named AMI: Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
AMI officially commenced operations on May 1, 1986 and was incorporated on November 20, 1987 in Florida. The Board of Directors subsequently changed the organization’s name to NAMI of Collier County following directions from NAMI National.
The NAMI membership is comprised of people with serious and persistent mental illnesses, as well as their parents, children, spouses, siblings and friends. The original founders of NAMI were primarily family members of people with chronic mental illness. These individuals met the goal of building a movement to refocus inadequate research and services available to people with mental illness.
The NAMI movement has been tremendously successful, with a national record high 1,200 affiliates nationwide. Our affiliations with NAMI and NAMI National consists of NAMI contributing nominal per capita dues annually while deriving substantial benefits in the areas of education, member services, research and advocacy. With the exception of those nominal dues, all monies raised locally are used to benefit Collier County.
Facts about NAMI Collier County: