Program and Services Overview

All services of NAMI of Collier County are provided free of charge to participants.


NAMI CONNECTION is a recovery support group for adults living with mental illness and is led by trained individuals who are also in recovery – people who understand the challenges facing those with a mental illness diagnosis. NAMI Connection offers a flexible and casual environment without an educational format.  Groups meet on Tuesday afternoons at the Sarah Ann Drop-In Center and on Tuesday evenings at Saint John’s Episcopal Church.

PARENT/YOUTH GROUP for children, adolescents, and parents, is led by a licensed mental health counselor and meets every other Tuesday. The evening starts with dinner (provided by NAMI) and child care provider is engaged so that siblings may also attend. The age range for children/youth participants includes newborns to 19. Groups typically meet in the evening at the Sarah Ann Center the first Wednesday of every month. Please contact Erika Garcia at NAMI (239) 260-7310 to confirm details.

FAMILY MEMBERS /CAREGIVERS is for family members, caregivers and friends of persons with a diagnosed mental illness. This group generally meets the second Wednesday of the month and is led by a NAMI trained professional. Reservations are required by calling our office at 239.260.7300.

HEARING VOICES, SEEING THINGS provides coping skills for those who manage auditory and visual hallucinations while providing close-knit support. For more information, please call our office at 239.260.7300.


HEALTH UNDER GUIDED SYSTEMS (HUGS): Our community-based children’s behavioral health program is funded by the Naples Children Education Foundation. The HUGS program facilitates early intervention for social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges for children ages 3 months to 18 years. HUGS team members provide coordinated, universal screenings, clinical assessments, and culturally competent system navigation. They facilitate early identification and access to mental health care to mitigate the effects of untreated problems later in life. In addition, HUGS staff teach the NAMI signature program, Ending the Silence, for children in the Collier County school system, helping to break down barriers and de-stigmatize mental illnesses.

SARAH ANN DROP-IN CENTER (SAC): Our peer-operated center provides a supportive and recovery–oriented sanctuary for people 18 years of age and older, offering a safe haven Monday through Saturday for people who would otherwise be isolated. Our 550 visitors per month socialize, attend in-house support groups, plan activities, go on outings, work on art projects, watch movies, play pool, dance, do yoga and exercise, based on a monthly calendar of events voted on by the participants. Three days a week, a hot lunch is provided. SAC also offers a free food pantry and a clothing closet.

SELF DIRECTED CARE (SDC): This is a service delivery model in which program participants make their own healthcare choices and actively participate in their recovery from serious mental illnesses.  Life Coaches assist participants in establishing measurable and time-limited recovery goals and serve as accountability partners along the way to important and lasting life changes. Public financial resources are used for self-selected mental wellness services and supports to address the barriers that serious mental illnesses can pose to a productive lifestyle, and can include both traditional and complementary mental health services. The SDC program covers a five-county area and supports up to 76 participants at any given time.  For more information, please call 239-936-4318.

PROJECT HOPE (HELPING OUR PEOPLE IN EMERGENCIES): NAMI CC is honored to have been selected as the singular awardee to operate this nationally recognized FEMA outreach model for both Collier and Lee counties, beginning January 1, 2018 through October 30, 2018.  We anticipate serving a minimum of 9,500 children and family members, with a focus on the hardest hit areas of Collier and Lee Counties, including Immokalee, Golden Gate, and the Everglades / Chokoloskee / Copeland / and Plantation and Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres Alva and sections of Ft. Myers communities. Our approach is “neighbors helping neighbors” – and is designed not only to provide emotional support and immediate referrals for additional support services, but to also work in concert with other local mental health and medical facilities, community groups and voluntary organizations to fully maximize the available pool of resources needed for long-term recovery and well-being. For more information, please leave a message at our 24-hour call center at 239-260-7302.Be sure to include your Name, Phone Number, and the County where you live so we can direct your call to the appropriate person.

CONNECTING LEADERSHIP, EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, AND RECOVERY (CLEAR)Our statewide peer-run CLEAR Warm Line (1-800-945-1355) is for individuals with a mental illness who want to talk with someone who shares personal experience coping with mental health issues. CLEAR also operates the Born Drug-Free Information and Referral Line (1-800-945-1335), an initiative of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Office of the Attorney General and the Florida Department of Health to raise awareness about babies being born exposed to prescription drugs. The campaign educates expectant mothers about the importance of discussing prescription drug abuse with their doctors. Callers receive education, referrals to treatment and supports, and a peer to speak with during a difficult period in their lives. CLEAR is funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Our CLEAR services also include intensive behavioral health training and certification for Recovery Peer Specialists.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PEER EDUCATION (COPE): Peer support is an evidence-based practice that is considered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to be one of ten guiding principles of recovery. Our NAMI team of Florida Certified Recovery Peer Specialists provide outreach services to individuals with serious mental illnesses in our community, teaching coping skills, and helping peers to advocate and access the services and supports that will help them attain their individual recovery goals. Our team also provides assistance to our Community Program Partners, offering customized mental health educational presentations, employee training services and specialized recovery support services. For more information, please contact Cindy at 239-963-578.

TOMMY AUGUST MEMORIAL EMERGENCY CARE FUNDTo address barriers to mental health care, NAMI Collier provides individual emergency financial assistance for psychiatric and medication co-pays or housing needs for people facing short-term emergencies. We keep a careful log with a request form and document follow up.  Assistance is not given directly to the person, but a check is written to the medical provider, landlord, or pharmacy.


CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING (CIT): This intensive 40-hour, national best practice program is designed to improve the way law enforcement officers and first responders react to people experiencing a mental health crisis, averting unnecessary trauma, injuries, and arrests. CIT is led by NAMI and related agencies and takes place at the NAMI office four times per year, with an average of 30 in attendance.  Over 1,000 local officers have been trained to date.