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: Mental Illness and Financial Assistance from Social Security Disability Benefits

When: April 2nd 2015, 6:00pm

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

If you, or someone you care about, is living with a mental illness and is unable to work, you may qualify for monthly payments from the Social Security disability Insurance benefits program.

However, winning benefits based on a mental impairment can be a complex, difficult and frustrating process. But it can be made easier with expert advice and guidance.

Tim Cuddigan of Cuddigan Law will share tips and inside information on how to get the Social Security disability insurance benefits you've earned and he will be available to answer your questions. Cuddigan Law is a firm which has focused on disability law exclusively since 1994 and has helped thousands of people across eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Tim Cuddigan is the current president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. He is recognized nationally for his knowledge of Social Security law and regularly speaks to local and national audiences. He is past president of NAMI Nebraska.

Topic: Hoarding Education

When: May 7th 2015, 6:00pm

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

Hoarding disorder was officially recognized as a stand-alone mental illness with the publishing of the DSM 5 manual, however, efforts to provide help to those with too much stuff have existed much longer. Alongside individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy, a self-help biblio-based workshop called "Buried in Treasures" has shown effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of hoarding. Jennifer Baker, MA, MSW, PLMHP, will discuss hoarding disorder, her experience co-facilitating Omaha's first Buried in Treasures workshop, and the potential for future peer-facilitated efforts in our community.

Topic: IOOV and Safe Harbor

When: June 4th 2015, 6:00pm

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

Ken Timmerman will be back with us to conduct an In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presentation and talk to us about some important upcoming training opportunities to become an IOOV presenter, as well as, give us an update on all the great things happening at Safe Harbor.


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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.