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Save the Date: NAMI Ohio Statewide Conference

Posted on Sep 11, 2017

Fulfilling the Promise Statewide Conference

May 4-5, 2018

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

*Registration information to follow

Job Opening: Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI Ohio) Children’s Division

Posted on Sep 05, 2017

POSITION TITLE:  Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI Ohio) Children’s Division

The National Alliance on Mental Illness for Ohio (NAMI Ohio) is the state’s voice for mental illness. NAMI Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization that engages in education, advocacy and support for people impacted by mental illness and their families.


The Director of NAMI Ohio’s Children’s Division will re-organize and supervise the expansion of NAMI Ohio’s Children’s Division. The candidate for this leadership role at NAMI Ohio will possess a Master’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of five years’ experience working with children.

Salary will be competitive with the opportunity for advancement. Please mail letters of intent with resume to NAMI Ohio; Executive Director; 1225 Dublin Road; Suite 125; Columbus, Ohio 43215 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by September 22, 2017.

1. Serve as the Director of the Children’s Division and guide this division in a re-structuring project.

2. The re-structuring will include fund development, personnel management, program development, and/or program modifications.

3. Manage the current children’s programs which include NAMI Ohio’s signature programs Kidshop; Ending the Silence; Parents & Teachers as Allies; and Caregiver Support Groups. Management of these programs will include supervision of two staff, grant application and reporting, and general oversight of the programs to meet the goals and objectives of their grants.

4. This person will be re-structuring our YouthMOVE Program and Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC) Program.

5. The Children’s Division needs to diversity its current funding and create new initiatives to help families of children navigate the multiple systems of care.

6. Will work to develop stronger relationships with other statewide organizations associated with the behavioral healthcare of children.

7. This position will be responsible to supervise all NAMI Ohio Children’s Division staff.

8. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Adam - Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center

Posted on Jan 25, 2017


In 2010, Adam Knapp, a 30-year old man living with schizophrenia and an avid outdoorsman, drove into oncoming traffic, ending his life and taking the life of another. Just eighteen days before, he had attempted suicide and filtered in and out of three different Ohio hospitals. When leaving the last hospital, his parents described him as symptomatic, yet he was released anyway.

Amanda Baker was a fervid mental health advocate who testified for Senate Bill 43, which gave judges the ability to order outpatient treatment for people with mental illnesses. This cause hit close to home for her and her family. She struggled with depression and lost her life to suicide at age 26 when she walked in front of a semi-tractor just days after leaving the hospital.

In both cases, the loving and supportive families of these young people tried desperately to get them help. Unfortunately, the mental health system failed them.

Hospital stays are often too short to properly stabilize people and prepare them for life outside a secure hospital environment. With many other major hospitalizations, patients are sent to a rehabilitation facility after discharge to recuperate and rebuild strength. This isn’t the case with mental illness. Patients are often sent home alone, dropped at a homeless shelter or released to a family member ill-equipped to offer the needed rehabilitation services. 

As the deaths of Adam and Amanda illustrate, the consequences of inadequate treatment can be tragic. Many people discharged end up back in the hospital, in prison, homeless, or dead due to the lack of community supports. The suicide rate in adults with mental disorders within the first ninety days after discharge is over fourteen times higher than the average rate of suicide in the United States.

The fact of the matter is that there simply are not enough mental health resources available upon discharge to care for this vulnerable group.

The deaths of these two people are tragic, but we can help prevent future tragedies by working to change the mental health system little by little.

In honor of these two individuals who lost their battles with mental illness, NAMI Ohio is excited to share a new approach to this crisis. The Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Athens, Ohio will be a pilot facility and the first of its kind. It provides a place for people with severe mental illness to go after release from the hospital and stabilize under supervised care before re-entering the community.

Although operating funds have been secured by the Athens-Hocking-Vinton Mental Health Board and the Ohio Department of Mental Health, capital funds are needed to build the facility. It is our hope the Adam and Amanda Rehabilitation Center will become the Ohio and national model for transition from psychiatric rehabilitation to home.

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