Welcome to NAMI Omaha

NAMI Omaha is a non-profit organization composed of consumers, family members, professionals, and friends who have come together to share and take comfort in the commonality of their experiences and to educate members of their communities about serious brain disorders. Along with education and support, NAMI Omaha actively advocates at the local, state and national levels to improve the services, and the lives of those affected by mental illness, and their families.

NAMI Omaha has been supporting, educating and advocating for consumers, family members and professionals in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties since 1986.


Calendar of Events

Upcoming NAMI Omaha Meetings

Topic: Health Insurance Marketplace

When: January 8th 2015, 6:00pm (Second Thursday)

Where: CHI Health Service Center
7261 Mercy Rd., Omaha NE

Do you need health insurance, but are not able to obtain Medicaid coverage? What is the new Health Insurance Market Place and How do you enroll?
Rich Armstrong, RHU, REBC, Licensed Consultant with Marketplace Nebraska will give a basic explanation of the new Health insurance marketplace in Nebraska and its benefits for persons with mental illnesses when Medicaid may not be available. He will also discuss the enrollment process and answer other questions you may have. Sign Up times for the Marketplace are November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015.

Topic: Nebraska Legislative Bills affecting Mental Illness

When: February 5th 2015, 6:00pm

Where: CHI Health Service Center
7261 Mercy Rd., Omaha NE

An important part of NAMI's mission is to provide advocacy regarding public policy issues that affect adults and children living with mental illness and their loved ones. Bradley A. Meurrens, MPA, from Disability Rights Nebraska will give an overview of the Nebraska Legislature and talk about some current legislative bills. Information will be given on how to contact your legislators to voice your concerns.

Topic: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Omaha Police Department

When: March 5th 2015, 6:00pm

Where: CHI Health Service Center
7261 Mercy Rd., Omaha NE

Did you know that about 400 law enforcement officers from the Omaha area have been trained in Crisis Intervention specifically to help people with mental illness and their families? NAMI Nebraska and NAMI Omaha were major players in beginning the CIT collaboration in Omaha in 2006.
Officer Leigh Culver will talk about the CIT program, discussing the history of the Omaha program, giving an overview of the different sessions that are offered in the training and the impact that it has had on the police department and the community. Kevin DeGoey, Peer Specialist with the Omaha Police Department will talk briefly about his experience as a consumer and his work with the Peer Support program as part of the Omaha Police Department. There will be time for questions/answers also.


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Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, VA Senator Creigh Deeds, other Mental Health Advocates to Urge Congress to Pass Comprehensive Mental Mealth Legislation as Part of NAMI's "National Day of Action" for Mental Health
NAMI announced that it will launch a National Day of Action for Mental Health on Thursday, September 4th during its annual convention in Washington, DC. As part of the National Day of Action, conference attendees will visit Capitol Hill offices to urge legislators to pass comprehensive mental health reform legislation.

Connect 4 Mental Health Announces 2014 Community Innovation Awards Call for Entries
Nationwide initiative will honor local programs implementing approaches designed to positively impact those with serious mental illness and their communities

Mental Illness: NAMI Report Deplores 80 Percent Unemployment Rate; State Rates and Ranks Listed?Model Legislation Proposed
One of the best steps in recovery from mental illness is a job, but the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80 percent, according to a report issued by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Broadcasters Announce Record On-Air Support for Mental Health Initiative
As broadcasters' one year commitment to the campaign concludes, NAB announced that the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) will assume management of OK2TALK, and continue to support the growing online community of those who have sought help through the campaign's Tumblr page, OK2TALK.org.

Tune-in to Hear Why It's Time to Take Action on Children's Mental Health
Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, with one in five children affected by mental illness and often not getting treatment for years. To help children and their families, schools and communities, the Cigna Foundation is sponsoring and co-hosting a forum and webcast today with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The forum will provide steps that teachers, parents and health care professionals can take to address the growing mental health crisis among youth.