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Type of Facility/Agency/Group NAMI is an organization that is dedicated to helping families and people that are affected by mental illness. NAMI provides organization for support groups and resources for these patients and their families. They are also involved in educating the public regarding mental illness, and advocates for the rights of mentally ill individuals. NAMI provides resources, support groups, education, treatment, and research for the mentally ill. Some of these resources may include inpatient, outpatient, day programs, or other support groups. NAMI provides a centralized place for resources for every type and needed treatment for mentally ill patients. (nami.org, 2011) NAMI California is licensed as a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation (namicalifornia.org, 2011).

Financial Structure NAMI is a non-profit public organization that relies on funds raised from public and private sources. These include federal agencies, foundations, corporations, and individual donations. NAMI maintains a financial neutrality in its donations, and does not endorse any specific treatment plans. NAMI has many different chapters, organized by state and by region, for example, NAMI California and NAMI Los Angeles. NAMI is organized into the national, state, and local levels (nami.org, 2011).

Location, Physical Structure/Layout of Facility ********* I visited the Family support group organized by NAMI. These meetings were held in a public building in Culver City, the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center. The center functions as a suicide prevention organization, as well as hosting meetings for NAMI. It is located on a public street with easy access from buslines. a. Amenities. b. Size and location. c. Proximity to service facilities (shopping, entertainment, food).

etc. These include support groups such as Emotional support. size of room. bipolar patients and others. but they are not replacement for short or long term intensive therapy. d. vocational. anyone is welcome to attend and NAMI serves populations all throughout the US. behavioral. but a lot of that was due to the great peer support. as money is generally provided through public and private funding. b. location of bathroom. obsessive-compulsive disorder. Patient Selection Criteria NAMI allows any patient or person affected by mental illness to attend their meetings. NAMI is free. Long‐term vs. called Family-to-Family classes.d. in bathrooms. Many of the patients that attend NAMI meetings are referred through hospitalizations and counseling sessions. Recreation areas (inside and outside). psychoanalytic. so there was a sense of community as . These classes provide a lot of education and peer support for people living with mental illness. They provide support to all levels and degrees of illness and physical capability. (many use more than one). humanistic. recreational). Staffing ************ There was sufficient staffing in these meetings. Rationale for why/how you identified the treatment modality. c. Describe the milieu. Rather. and do not discriminate based on any characteristics. many of the meetings provide long term support and resources for family and patients. Cognitive. A lot of the people there had good advice to offer others. NAMI also provides workshops for teachers and also holds meetings that are specific to certain illnesses. number of patients per bathroom. e. Others may find NAMI through internet searches. e. Others may be referred after they encounter legal trouble. short –term. Adjunct therapies (occupational. Regardless. in individual rooms. Treatment Modalities ********** NAMI meetings vary considerably. f. If inpatient. number of patients per room. They offer more in-depth classes for immediate family members. Safety precautions in facility. a.

The staff appeared knowledgeable and was very resourceful with the patients. The particular place I attended was located in a good area. Level of training. I was a bit nervous. a. While some of the meetings are more specific in their design (such as for patients only. Level of functioning of staff. The meetings are free and open to anyone who might need them. others just needed some guidance and making appropriate decisions. so I tried to clear my mind of any previous biases before I attended. b. What you learned by this experience . I treat everyone appropriately and kindly. However. And I was pleasantly surprised. a. Cultural learning or issues c. the location was close to a down-town type area of Culver City. or caregivers only. and I read on nami. Strengths and weaknesses with this population d. While some patients had obvious impairments that affected their daily lives. c. Sufficient staff to support therapeutic interactions. Stereotypes or biases b. Statistics claiming that most horrible crimes are committed by those with mental illness stuck in my mind. I think that some of my strengths are that regardless of any biases I might have. ongoing training needed. especially the teachers and facilitators. and to make themselves available for helping patients. and had easy access with either walking or public transportation. Again.well. Community Involvement NAMI meetings are definitely designed with the community in mind. The staff leader appeared well trained. before I attended one of these meetings. NAMI works hard to erase the stigma that mental illness can have in the community.org that many of the staff receive ongoing training. or bipolar only) many of them are broad and all-inclusive. in a place that was already dedicated to those who suffered from suicidal thoughts. I know also that many patients with mental illness can be harmless. There are lots of classes to attend for every person involved in the NAMI meetings. Personal Reaction ************ I have to say that overall.

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