June 25, 2015

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County
6216 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples, FL 34108
Contact: Jacquelyn Sly (239) 260-7300

O’Neill Foundation Awards $10,000 to NAMI of Collier County’s H.U.G.S. Program

(Naples, FL – June 25, 2015) – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County is elated to announce that their H.U.G.S. (Health Under Guided Systems) program was recently the recipient of a $10,000 grant from The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, which is a private, family foundation whose vision is for strong communities where all families thrive and where their children reach their full potential.

Awarded with a ‘Special Project Grant,’ the O’Neill Foundation presents this type of award to provide support for the direct costs of programs, services, and interventions of non-profit organizations that have an identified community need and families willing to utilize the services, programs, and interventions they provide.

The H.U.G.S. Program intends to use this grant to expand their services by screening more children, analyzing the data collected from screenings to establish practices that better service those they help, providing culturally sensitive mental health education, peer driven navigation, and family support liaison services, and facilitating structured support groups for children and adolescents with a mental health diagnosis.

NAMI’s H.U.G.S. Program is a collaborative inter-agency effort established to respond to the complex needs of children at risk of or with behavioral health problems in Collier County. Funded in part by the Naples Children Education Foundation (NCEF), H.U.G.S. facilitates collaboration across agencies, as well as both public and private schools to improve access to culturally and linguistically competent services for families. The project provides coordinated, universal screenings and referrals to facilitate early identification and access to care to mitigate the effects of untreated problems later in life. The H.U.G.S. team assists families in developing tools and understanding the long-term care needs of children and recovery planning, including integrated use of community services.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the 1 in 4 families affected by serious and persistent mental illness through education, support, and advocacy. Helping over 16,000 local community members every year, NAMI of Collier County has been able to cultivate several programs and services within their organization to help more people than ever before. With the help of NAMI’s generous partners and supporters, all programs, services, and resources are provided to those they serve completely free of charge.

If you’d like to learn more about NAMI or their H.U.G.S. Program, are in need of support, or would like to make a donation, please visit or call 239-260-7300.

For additional information:, 239-260-7300