NAMI CI has been on the road over the past month as part of an effort to expand services in the region. NAMI CI is dedicated to serving the 10 county region of CICS including: Franklin, Hardin, Hamilton Boone, Story Marshall, Jasper, Powesheik, Madison, and Warren. We are excited to continue our mission to support, educate and advocate for those living with mental illness and their families.

Jasper County 

First on the itinerary were the friendly faces from the Jasper County NAMI Board and its members. Sue Ann Peck, Rebecca Snider, Josh Hubbell and Wendie Cooper traveled on May 16 to share the NAMI signature programs such as Family -to-Family, Family Support Group, Peer-to-Peer and Connections. NAMI CI shared personal experiences with these programs which can help NAMI Jasper County as they consider expanding offerings.  Also discussed were programing ideas such as In Our Own Voice, monthly educational ideas, and the Mental Health Wellness Center.

Franklin County 

On May 17 members of the NAMI CI community including Wendie Cooper, Rebecca Snider, and Royce Stockton traveled to Franklin County to visit with Larry Fanny, Director of the Franklin County Drop-in Center, and other leaders to share ideas and best practices for running an effective drop-in center which can provide resources and space for adults living with mental illness.  NAMI CI shared helpful materials such as a sample safety contract, whole health activities, recovery based activities and discussion topics, and examples of artwork and creative writings from our Ames Mental Health Wellness Center.  Also on the agenda was a review of NAMI signature programs including NAMI Connection (weekly peer support group), Peer-to-Peer (peer educational classes) as well as Family-to-Family and the Family Support Group.

Marshall County 

In Marshall County Wendie Cooper and Rebecca Snider shared a folder packed with materials for Jill Eaton and other leadership.  Preliminarily discussions were held regarding a weekly Connections support group in the county and potential facilitators. As in all the counties, NAMI CI is working with leaders to identify individuals who can be trained to teach NAMI signature programs.  This meeting took place on June 3.

NAMI CI plans to continue these conversations and invest in future collaborations. More about NAMI signature programs can be found here: https://namici.org/resources/

Stay tuned for more details as we work to bring mental health services to our 10 county region.