Today’s structure is as follows: NAMI National, NAMI Florida, and NAMI of Miami.
Since its inception in 1979, NAMI (National) has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in the NAMI’s mission have produced profound changes. NAMI has been the driving force behind a national investment in lifesaving research, parity for mental health care, increased housing and to ensure that treatments and services are available to those in need when they need them most. NAMI awareness efforts have successfully addressed the stigma of mental illness, ensuring the decrease of barriers to treatment and recovery. NAMI’s Signature education programs have served as a beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands of families and individuals.
For over 2 decades Judy Robinson has advocated, educated and represented those suffering from mental illness and their families. Mr. Mark Zimmer and Mr. Ted Franklin together with many other volunteers have also been instrumental in serving the greater South Florida area specially Miami-Dade County’s population.
With Lew Gramer as Education Coordinator, service delivery sky rocketed. NAMI’s Family to Family 12 week classes have generated many volunteers to include the current president, vice-president, and most of the current Board members. In 2015 under new leadership the organization sprang into non stop action. Both President and Vice-president work full time to spearhead the chapter into new areas to include liaisons with the Jail Diversion Program, and countless speaking engagements to include the Dade Delegation, CIT classes, VA hospital and many more. In the Spring NAMI National visited the chapter for an organizational week-end workshop.