In This Issue
Idaho Affiliates
Mental Health Facts
Contact Us
From the President's Desk
West Region Conference
NAMI Idaho Board of Directors Meetings and Election
Idaho CIT in Action
Mental Health Care Advocacy: URGENT ACTION REQUESTED
Education & Support Programs: Manual Update and Program Availability
2012 NAMI Idaho North Region Conference
Quick Links
Urent Action Requested: Comment on EHB
Idaho Affiliates
Contact  Information

NAMI Boise  

Kelly Norris, President 


4696 Overland Rd., Ste. 274    

Boise, ID 83705                  




Educational Programs: F2F, FSG, Basics, Connection, P2P, IOOV


NAMI Coeur d'Alene  

Susie Fischer, President   


P.O. Box 2068               

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816 



Educational Programs: F2F, FSG, Basics, Connection, IOOV         


NAMI Far North (Sandpoint)

Catherine Perusse, President  


P.O. Box 2415 

Sandpoint, ID 83864  




Educational Programs: F2F, FSG,

Basics, Connection, IOOV


NAMI Latah  (Moscow)

Jane Pritchett, President


P.O. Box 8654 

Moscow, ID 8384 


Educational Programs:  F2F, FSG 


NAMI Lewis/Clark Valley (Lewiston)

Barbara Kauffman, President


3336 16th St.

Lewiston, ID 83501



NAMI-Quad (Payette)

Lee Kroeker, President


108 W. Park Ave.

New Plymouth, ID 83655



NAMI Southeast Idaho (Pocatello)

Zina Magee, President


P.O. Box 6066

Pocatello, ID 83205


Educational Programs: F2F, FSG, IOOV


NAMI Upper Valley Idaho (Idaho Falls)

Jane Roberts, President


P.O. Box 2452 

Idaho Falls, ID 83401




Educational Programs: F2F, FSG,

Basics, Connection


NAMI Wood River Valley (Hailey)

Gail Miller Wray, President


P.O. Box 95

Hailey, ID 83333 




Educational Programs: F2F, Basics, Connection, P2P, FSG, IOOV



Did You Know?


One in four adults experiences a mental disorder in any

 given year.


One in seventeen adults has a serious mental illness,

such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.

One in 10 children has a mental health condition that causes significant impairment.
Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24.

Despite effective treatment, there are long delays--an average of 10 years--from the onset of mental illness

to treatment.

Racial and ethnic communities are less likely to receive needed mental health care and, when they do receive treatment, more likely to receive poorer quality of care.

Mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada

for ages 15-44.

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for America's youth ages 15-24.

Overall, we lose one life to suicide every 15.8 minutes. The vast majority have an undiagnosed or untreated mental illness.

About 20 - 25 percent of jail and prison inmates and youth involved with juvenile justice have a serious mental illness.

Twenty-six percent of homeless persons have a severe mental illness--over four times the rate of the general population.

An estimated 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. 45 percent of these veterans live with

mental illness.

For people living

with serious mental illnesses, life expectancy is 25 years less than that of other Americans.
People with schizophrenia die from heart disease, diabetes and other medical causes at a rate two or three times

greater than the rest

of the population. 

Contact Us:
  NAMI Idaho
  4097 Bottle Bay Rd.
  Sagle, ID 83860
Volume 1, Issue 3
                                     December 2012 
Heartfelt Sympathy 
The Board of Directors of NAMI Idaho extends its sympathy to the victims of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. This tragedy touches us all. The hearts of all of us are deeply touched by the death of innocent children and those who sought to protect them. May they rest in peace.  
From the President's Desk

                                                                                                        December 12, 2012


Dear Members and Friends of NAMI Idaho: 


Now that the elections are over, NAMI Idaho is preparing for its Advocacy Day on January 22nd in Boise. It has sent out a letter to each state legislator congratulating them on their election and educating them on the current state of mental health services in Idaho. The delivery of healthcare is
a major subject for the legislature this year. With the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) established, many changes costing millions of dollars will be necessitated at the state level just to comply with the Act. One of the major decisions to be made is whether Idaho will take
the option to expand the coverage of Medicaid as allowed under the Act. If they choose to do so, approximately 96% of individuals living with mental illness in the state would be covered by Medicaid. 

To further complicate things, Idaho Medicaid is in the process of moving to a managed care program for behavioral health. A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued on August 27, 2012, and managed care organizations have until December 5, 2012, to respond to the RFP. Medicaid expects to award the contract by the end of calendar year 2012 or early 2013 with managed care administration of behavioral health services beginning July 1, 2013. NAMI Idaho has been active for nearly two years in presenting issues of concern relating to the change to Medicaid managed care and will continue to work with the legislature and the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) as the system is implemented. 

On January 21st, NAMI Idaho will be hosting the West Region conference in Boise as described below in more detail. I invite you all to attend the conference and meet your NAMI Idaho Board, fellow NAMI advocates and those who have an interest in bettering the lives of those living with mental illness. 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope that you will continue to support the work of NAMI Idaho in 2013.  



Doug McKnight, President

NAMI Idaho

West Region Conference
Monday, January 21, 2013
Harrison Plaza Suites Hotel
409 South Cole Road, Boise, Idaho
9:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

This is a Conference for...

Members and Friends of NAMI and everyone interested in improving

the lives of people living with mental illness.


It is an opportunity to network and receive support...

...Hear about Mental Illness, Anti-Stigma, and Crisis Intervention.

  ...Listen to In Our Own Voice speakers on Living with Mental Illness.

    ...Learn about NAMI Smarts for Advocacy and meeting your legislator.

      ...Meet the NAMI Idaho Board of Directors.


FREE Lunch hosted by Janssen Pharmaceuticals

FREE Dinner hosted by Bristol Meyers Squibb


 There is no fee for registration, but you MUST register by January 14, 2013

to ensure food for all participants.

To Register, call 208-309-1987 or write namiwrv@gmail.com

NAMI Idaho Board of Directors 


Annual Meeting & Election of Officers

September Meeting

The 2012 NAMI Idaho Annual Meeting began with the President's Report covering the Board's activity over the last year, focusing on organizational, educational and advocacy efforts and highlighted by the chartering of NAMI Idaho under the NAMI Standards of Excellence. The full President's Report is available on the NAMI Idaho website at www.nami.org/sites/namiidaho.  The Treasurer delivered his annual report.

The amendments to the NAMI Idaho Bylaws that brought them into conformance with the Standards of Excellence were approved. The following Directors were elected to serve two-year terms expiring at the 2014 Annual Meeting:
Regional Directors - North:  Jane Pritchett (NAMI Latah) and Ann Wimberley (NAMI Far North)
Regional Directors - West:  Kathie Garrett (NAMI Boise) and Tom Hanson (NAMI Wood River Valley)
Regional Directors - East:  Mike Sandvig (NAMI Upper Valley) and Dawn Smith (NAMI Southeast  Idaho)
State At-Large Directors: Rick Huber (NAMI Southeast Idaho) and Doug McKnight (NAMI Far North).

Newly elected and retiring Board members are included at the September 15, 2012 NAMI Idaho Annual Meeting in Sandpoint. Back row: Jane Pritchett (NAMI Latah), John Tanner (NAMI Upper Valley), Wendy Norbom (NAMI Wood River Valley), RuthSpencer (NAMI Coeur d'Alene), Ruth McKnight (NAMI Far North), Kathie Garrett (NAMI Boise), Heather Taber (NAMI Coeur d'Alene).  Front row: Amika Dupree (NAMI Coeur d'Alene), Doug McKnight (NAMI Far North), Mike Sandvig (NAMI Upper Valley),  Tom Hanson (NAMI WoodRiver Valley), Dawn Smith (NAMI Southeast Idaho). Not pictured: Ann Wimberley (NAMI Far North), Kim Jardine-Dickerson (NAMI Southeast Idaho), Steve Proctor (NAMI Southeast Idaho) and Rick Huber (NAMI Southeast Idaho).

The Board thanked retiring Directors Steve Proctor and Heather Taber for their service.

The Board of Directors meeting began with the approval of the minutes of the August 27, 2012 meeting. As the first order of business the following officers were elected for a term of one year:
 President:  Doug McKnight;  Vice President: Tom Hanson; Treasurer: Michael Sandvig; Secretary: Wendy Norbom.

Board meetings and Regional Conferences were scheduled as follows:  January 21-22, 2013: Boise; April 2013: Pocatello; September 21, 2013: Coeur d'Alene. The Board will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of every month by conference calls except in December.

Reports were presented by Educational Programs Committee Chair Ruth McKnight and Public Policy Committee Chair Kathie Garrett. In her absence, the written report of Ann Wimberley, CIT Coordinator, was read by President Doug McKnight.

The Board discussed implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Idaho and the RFP issued by the Department of Health and Welfare soliciting bids for introducing Medicaid Managed Care for Behavioral Health.


October Meeting

On October 31, 2012 the NAMI Idaho Board of Directors met by conference telephone call, approving the minutes of the September 15 meeting and accepting the report of the Treasurer.

Kathie Garrett reported that the Behavioral Health Interagency Cooperative will report to the Governor in December and may not be continued thereafter. The 'pyramid' of mental health services articulated by Ross Edmunds has  been incorporated into a statute that is before the Governor for review. No decision has yet been made by the Governor regarding either a state health care exchange or expansion of Medicaid coverage to approximately 100,000 additional individuals as allowed under the Affordable Care Act.


Further Board discussion concerned the cost of new Idaho Medicaid staff needed to comply with Medicaid changes, the length of time it takes individuals seeking help for mental health issues to receive ongoing treatment, the RFP for Medicaid Managed Care for Behavioral Health, and the proposed use by the Department of Correction of funds previously appropriated for a secure mental health facility.


In anticipation of its Advocacy Day in Boise at the state legislature on January 22, 2013, the Board discussed the presentation of the following issues:
 1. Basic mental illness education for legislators;
 2. Additional CIT training for Department of Correction officers;
 3. Decriminalization of mental illness;
 4. Adequate funding to enable Medicaid to smoothly and safely transition individuals  living with mental illness from one provider to another under managed care, and to  collect and publicly disseminate outcome data;
 5. Evaluation and response to DHW legislation affecting delivery of behavioral health services.


The program materials for Family-to-Family are being revised and will be reissued in connection with the Train the Trainer programs to be held in Washington, DC on March 15-17, 2013.


Ann Wimberley reported that the Byrne/JAG grant for CIT training will end on March 31, 2013 and that all Regions have made their final requests for CIT funding under the grant. The Department of Correction is developing their own CIT training program. In Region 1, 911 dispatchers have been trained in CIT and the training they received, with some modifications, is anticipated to become part of the initial training for all dispatchers. 


November Meeting
The Board of Directors met by conference call on November 28, 2012. Minutes of the October 31, 2012 meeting were approved as amended. The Treasurer's report was read and approved later in the meeting.

The new curriculum materials for Family-to-Family have been reviewed by outside professionals and updated to current scientific information, language and terminology, and reflecting cultural competency and diversity. Distribution of this material will be delayed from mid-December to after March 15 to coincide with the Train the Trainer sessions, which will be held in the Washington, DC area. By September 2013, all F2F trainers and teachers will be expected to have been oriented to the new material and to teach from the new curriculum.
Amika Dupree has resigned from the Board and recommended an individual who appears willing to serve as a Director and to assist with coordination of the educational programs.

The Board established the date for the spring meeting and East Region Conference as April 27, 2013 in Pocatello. The Conference will be planned by Regional Directors Tanner, Smith, Sandvig and Jardine-Dickerson.

President Doug McKnight reported to the Board on a telephone conversation he and Ruth McKnight had with Ross Edmunds, Director of the Idaho DHW Behavioral Health Division.

Ann Wimberley reported that the Idaho CIT Work Group is working to ensure the appropriate use of the Byrne JAG grant throughout the Regions. All are either planning or executing 40 hour CIT academies, with purchasing and accounting assistance by NAMI Idaho.

The Regional Directors planning the January 21-22, 2013 West Region Conference and Advocacy Day reported that the event will be in the Harrison Plaza Suite Hotel with speakers on stigma-busting, IOOV, NAMI Smarts for Advocacy and others. Kathie Garrett will be asked to help create lists of legislators and agency heads to assist Directors in making appointments for their January 22 meetings.

President Doug McKnight suggested that the Board's standing committees be reviewed and some of them eliminated in favor of specific task assignments. He will send a proposal regarding committees to the Board and solicit further discussion.

  cit logo  

Idaho CIT in Action


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training for Law Enforcement 

NAMI Idaho was awarded a Byrne JAG grant "Strengthening Idaho Crisis Intervention Training" in December 2010.  Byrne JAG grants are federal law enforcement grants, this particular one was administered by the Idaho State Police.  The grant consisted of two separate parts: funding two Train the Trainer Courses and providing up to $2,000 for each of the 7 Idaho DHW regions to implement the Introduction to CIT courses by the Idaho CIT Work Group.
The Train the Trainer courses, taught by men who implemented the first CIT program and remain the leaders in the gold standard of CIT, Memphis model CIT, were held in Boise in October 2011 and in Sandpoint in February 2012.  Region 7 had previously held a similar Train the Trainer in Idaho Falls.  The Boise and Sandpoint locations made it possible for law enforcement and mental health leaders in CIT programs in other areas of the state to receive similar training.  Now leaders in all CIT programs in Idaho have been trained in verbal de-escalation skills by Major Sam Cochran and Dr. Randy Dupont, and their team.  This aspect of CIT training really is the heart of Memphis model CIT and ensures fidelity to this model in Idaho and uniformity in programs throughout the state.
Implementation of the second part of the grant proved more complicated.  A key goal of CIT programs is to improve communication between law enforcement officers and mental health providers.  One way this is accomplished is by providing food and beverages at breaks and lunch.  Also, many lunches during CIT programs are "working lunches".  After the grant was awarded, the U.S. Attorney General ruled that Byrne JAG grant funds could not be used to buy food for trainings.  Since food is a major expense in most CIT programs, the grant needed to be amended to allow other items to be covered.  The original grant application specified that any funds remaining after an Introduction to CIT course was held could be used to fund a 40-hour academy.  Some regions with well-established CIT programs felt their programs would not benefit from an Introduction course.  Therefore, the grant was amended to allow funds to be used for a 40-hour academy whether or not an Introduction course was held, and to cover basically any items needed for implementing the training other than food.  The grant was later further amended to allow regions to cover the expense of sending law enforcement officers to the CIT International Conference held in Las Vegas in August 2012.  The conference provides a wealth of information on CIT and also the opportunity to network with leaders from other programs.  This experience increases law enforcement leadership in Idaho CIT programs, which strengthens our programs.
Many regions used part of their funds to cover the expense of mp3 players that allow officers to participate in a Voices Simulation exercise, highly rated by participating officers.  The National Empowerment Center, an organization composed of people living with mental illness, made a set of CDs in which people who have experienced auditory hallucinations recorded an interpretation of their hallucinations so others could experience the sensation for themselves.  The Salt Lake City Policy Department CIT, which administers the state of Utah's CIT program, developed a set of four exercises specifically for law enforcement officers to complete while wearing the Voices Simulation headsets.  Officers reported that this exercise gives them a better understanding of why people in crisis experiencing psychosis may have difficulty understanding instructions and following commands.
Region 6 decided not to utilize the funds available to their CIT program in the grant so these funds plus the funds remaining after all the expenses in the Train the Trainer section of the grant were paid were made available equally to the remaining 6 regions.  Region 5 subsequently decided not to use all their remaining funds; these funds will be made available as needed to the regions working to implement their first 40-hour CIT academies in 2013.  The NAMI Idaho Byrne JAG grant will end on March 31, 2013.
Much progress has been made in CIT in Idaho during the time frame of our grant.  Much of this progress is due to the work of the law enforcement officer and mental health provider volunteers in local programs and also to the support of Lt. John Parmann of POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training).  However, we can be proud of our financial contributions.  Our grant trained 10 law enforcement and 7 mental health trainers in Boise, and 7 law enforcement and 8 mental health trainers in Sandpoint.  These trainers represent 5 DHW regions; all have returned home to work with their local CIT programs in planning further trainings.  The grant also helped with funding one Introduction course in Region 2, two in Region 3, one in Region 4, and one in Region 5.  It also helped fund one 40-hour academy in Region 5.  Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 plan to use our funds in funding their 40-hour academies in 2013.  The Region 2 and Region 3 academies will be the first ever held in their respective regions.  Region 7 plans to use their funds to hold an advanced CIT training in 2013.  Our grant also paid the expenses for one Region 4 officer to attend the CIT International Conference and the per diems of a Region 3 officer and a second Region 4 officer. 
In the next issue, I will discuss how local NAMI affiliates can provide support for their regional CIT programs.
Ann Ferguson Wimberley, M.D. (retired)
NAMI Idaho CIT Chairman


Mental Health Care Advocacy

ADVOCACY DAY IN BOISE:  January 22, 2013


The Board of Directors of NAMI Idaho places a high value on its role as the voice of individuals living with mental illness in Idaho and devotes considerable energy to its annual Advocacy Day at the opening of the legislature in Boise in January. In preparation for the 2013 Advocacy Day on January 22, NAMI Idaho has written personal letters to every member of both the Idaho House of Representatives and Senate, containing important facts and information about mental illness in general and the needs of individuals in Idaho who live with these neurobiological disorders. Here is a summary of the issues NAMI Idaho has placed before the legislators and will continue to emphasize during the coming year. 


The nature of mental illness, treatment and recovery: 

  • Mental illnesses are neither character flaws nor bad behavior.They are complex biological diseases of the brain that affect an individual's behavior, functionality and human relationships. 
  • Every year one in four adults and one in five children experiences a mental health disorder. 
  • One out of every 17 people lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder, making mental illness the leading cause of disability in the nation.
  • It is proven that treatment works and recovery is possible. Effective treatment consists of a full range of services including medication, therapy, support and education. 
  • Untreated mental illness results in absenteeism from work, unemployment, school failure, incarceration, unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits, and homelessness. 
  • In over 90% of deaths by suicide, mental illness is a factor. 

Idaho's Current Behavioral Health Environment - Idaho Facts and Numbers:

  • Since FY2009, 22 states have increased their mental health spending, but Idaho ranked eighth highest on a percentage basis among the states that have cut mental health spending. 
  • Only one state spent fewer dollars on mental health in FY2012 than Idaho. Per capita, Idaho spent $44.00 on mental health compared to the national average of $122.90. Only four states spent less per capita on mental health than Idaho. [From a report issued November 12, 2011, by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).]
  • In 2010 (the most recent year available ), Idaho's suicide rate was sixth highest in the nation, 49% higher than the national average. 

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Managed Care: 

  • Pending decisions regarding the potential expansion of Medicaid to cover up to 96% of Idahoans living with mental illness and the establishment of a health insurance exchange are presenting challenges to legislators and policy makers. 
  • The pending state-wide contract for Medicaid Managed Care for Behavioral Health, if effectively implemented and properly funded, presents the potential for a quality, accessible care system delivered through a coordinated network of providers; who will be accountable for their costs and quality outcomes. This requires establishment of a robust system of outcomes measurement, and data collection that is timely disseminated to the public and the legislature.
  • Transition to Medicaid Managed Care also includes risks associated with changes in providers such as gaps in treatment, lapses in follow-up, and loss of established long-term therapeutic relationships. 

The Board of Directors of NAMI Idaho encourage you to support the advocacy of NAMI Idaho on behalf of yourself and your loved ones living with mental illness by emphasizing these issues when you speak with your elected and appointed state and local officials and policy makers.


Kathie Garrett, Chair

NAMI Idaho Public Policy and Advocacy Committee   



Comment on Essential Health Benefits


YOU can make a difference!


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires private health plans offered through Health Insurance Exchanges to cover ten categories of care known as Essential Health Benefits (EHB). The recently released federal proposed rules for Essential Health Benefits (EHB) will affect how individual and small group plans in every state will cover care, including mental health care. Some of the proposed rules create positive changes for individuals with mental illness; others do not.


You have an opportunity to provide vital feedback to make the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aware of the importance of these issues. NAMI urges you to comment on these proposed rules.


1.  To comment, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=CMS-2012-0142 .


2.  Click on 'Comment' and on the screen that opens, type in your identifying information and insert the following language in the 'Type Comment' box by using your 'Cut' and 'Paste' functions.  

3.  You must send your comments by December 26, 2012.

As a member of NAMI, I am pleased to submit the following comments on the proposed Essential Health Benefits rule:
155.115 (a)(2) Mental health parity
Define a federal process for ensuring that plans comply with parity and require plans to release detailed information about coverage of mental health and substance use services to allow public transparency on parity.
156.110 (c) Benchmark plans that do not meet EHB requirements
Define a process for adding to benchmark plans when benefits do not meet rule requirements at no extra cost to states.
156.110 (e) Balance among categories of benefits
Adopt a standard for balanced benefits among the ten EHB categories and a federal process for ensuring that plans comply.
156.110 (f) Habilitative services
Define habilitative services for benchmark plans, including the types of covered benefits, to make sure that that people whose skills or functioning are affected by mental illness are covered for needed services.
156.115 (b) Substituting benefits within categories
Adopt standards for substituting benefits that make sure that people living with mental illness are not left with inadequate or no coverage for the types of care they need.
156.120 Prescription drug benefits
Require plans to cover "all or substantially all" antidepressants and antipsychotics and adopt the patient-friendly processes in Medicare Part D for requesting drugs that are not covered.
156.125 Plan benefits may not discriminate
Require plans to report on which benefits they do not cover and adopt a standard for non-discriminatory coverage and a federal process for ensuring that plans comply.
156.130 (c) Out-of-network cost sharing requirement
Require that cost-sharing for out-of-network specialty mental health services count toward the annual limit on cost sharing and deductibles.
155.170 Benefits required by state law
Allow benefits required by state law at any date to qualify as Essential Health Benefits at no extra cost to states.                                                       



 Training Opportunity

Education & Support in Idaho

2013 Manual Availability Dates 


NAMI Education, Training and Peer Support Center program manuals will not be available in December for the year 2013 as they usually are. 


The 2013 NAMI Training Manuals will not be available until March 18, 2013, to coincide with the Training of Trainers weekend. A substantial "overhaul" is being conducted on the NAMI Family-to-Family materials that makes it impractical to meet the December release date of previous years. Trainers, Teachers and Mentors should continue to use their existing program manuals until the new versions become available. 


Program Directors: please spread the word among program leaders and teachers in your area that manual updates will not be distributed or made available until March 18. 


NAMI Family-to-Family 2013: 5th edition 


Outside professional sources for the first time have reviewed the NAMI Family-to-Family education program materials for terminology and language, and ensured that the most current science and cultural competency is reflected in the curriculum. 


In connection with incorporating all these professional suggestions, NAMI is also making a much needed overhaul of the manuals themselves, in an effort to create a Teacher Manual that is easy to follow, to make the task of teaching Family-to-Family easier for our all-volunteer cadre of teachers. 


NAMI Education is preparing a list of frequently asked questions regarding the new version of Family-to-Family, but here are the facts you need now to plan for 2013: 

  • The number of sessions has not been reduced. NAMI Family-to-Family is now under review for inclusion on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) as a twelve session course. 
  • NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher trainings scheduled before the new manuals are released will be conducted with the 2012 materials. 
  • The 2013 Train the Trainers (TT) courses will use the new 2013 5th Edition manuals. 
  • State Trainers for Family-to-Family must be recertified in the new curriculum prior to conducting a teacher training using the new curriculum. No new teachers should be trained using the 2012 (old) curriculum after April 1, if possible, but absolutely not after July 1, 2013. 
  • Recertification opportunities will be made available for NAMI Family-to-Family State Trainers and Teachers following the March 2013 Train the Trainer courses. 
  • Recertification/orientation to the new material can be accomplished through attendance at online webinars, requiring approximately 90 minutes of Teachers' time.
  • Teachers may continue to teach the course using the 2012 materials until they have been recertified: Deadline: September 1, 2013 




Program Availability by Affiliate
A set of key structures and group processes following clear guidelines for encouraging full participation in support group meetings.
Revised facilitation aids for Family Support Group Facilitators will be available after the March 2013 Train the Trainer session.



First and third Mondays of every month

7 p.m.


4696 West Overland Road, Suite 274


Bonners Ferry

Fourth Monday of every month

6 p.m.

Panhandle Health District

7420 Caribou



First and third Mondays of every month

6 p.m.

Lower Level at NAMI - Wood River Valley

Southeast corner of South Main and East Maple Streets 


Idaho Falls:

Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month

7 p.m.

Development Workshop Inc.

555 25th



Fourth Wednesday of every month

7 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church

104 College Ave.



Third Wednesday of every month except December

7 p.m.

Bonner General Hospital Classroom

520 N. Third Ave.


A free 12-week course for family and friends of individuals with serious mental illness, taught by trained NAMI family members. Provides information, insight, understanding and empowerment


Tuesday and Thursday, January 22 - February 28, 2013

7 - 9:30 p.m.

Lower Level at NAMI - Wood River Valley

Southeast corner of South Main and East Maple Streets




A presentation by individuals living with mental illness that creates awareness about recovery, reduces stigma, and provides self-confidence for individuals living with mental illness.  Living proof that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.

A recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness offering respect, understanding, encouragement and hope in a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental Illness.
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.
Boise Veterans Campus - Behavioral Health
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.
Boise Behavioral Health Hospital
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
4696 W. Overland Road, Suite 274

Mondays, 5:30 p.m.
Lower Level at NAMI - Wood River Valley
Southeast corner of South Main and East Maple Streets

Idaho Falls:
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m..
Trinity United Methodist Church
237 N. Water Street
First Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.
Gardenia Center
Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Bonner General Hospital 
A free education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. 



A unique, experiential learning program for people living with mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining wellness and recovery. 


See Idaho Affiliate Contact Information to find out
which programs are available in your area. 
2012 NAMI Idaho North Region Conference


Featured conference speaker Dr. Michael Fuller, University of Texas Medical Branch, discussed relapse prevention strategies in the 'Choices in Recovery' program sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.


Liz Smith, Director of NAMI's Center for Excellence, describes how the Standards of Excellence can help state organizations and local affiliates succeed.


The Board practices advocacy skills in the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy training on how to effectively
communicate in writing with elected representatives.





Join NAMI|Idaho
ecome a member of NAMI, NAMI Idaho and your local affiliate 






                                 City, State, Zip __________________________________________


                                 Phone ____________________________





My local NAMI Affiliate is____________________________________


Membership Type (Check One)

____ Individual/Family Membership ($35 Annual Dues.)

____ Open Door Membership ($3 Annual Dues.)

  (Full membership for individuals and/or families on limited income. )           

____ I want to make a tax-deductible donation to NAMI Idaho.


 Optional Information:

I am:    ___An Individual Living with Mental Illness 

   ___A Family Member

   ___A Friend

   ___A Mental Health Professional

   ___Other ___________________


Print Application and mail with check payable to NAMI Idaho to:

NAMI Idaho * 4097 Bottle Bay Rd. * Sagle, ID 83860


Treasurer, NAMI Idaho * 1985 E. 25th Street * Idaho Falls, ID 83404


NAMI Idaho is a 501(c)(3) corporation