National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

You are invited to Join NAMI!

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with mental illness and their families. NAMI offers educational opportunities, support for those with a mental health diagnosis and their families, and training to be an advocate. NAMI vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities of recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.

If you receive mental health services or have a family member with a mental illness and are interested in more information on how to join our local NAMI Chapter, please contact Northwest Minnesota NAMI Coordinator, Chris Orsland 218-460-0986 voicemail or 218-289-6998.

Our NAMI chapter serves the northwest region of Minnesota. Meetings are at the Resource Center, 101 West Robert Street in Crookston (next to the Novel Cup). Call Chirs for current meeting information. 218-460-0986.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS IN YOUR AREA - Support groups, presentations and classes are free and open to the public.


Now more individuals and families in Minnesota can get low cost or free health insurance, even if they already have a health or mental health condition. MNsure offers multiple health plans from insurance companies all in one easy-to-shop location. Consumers will be able to compare plans side-by-side to see how price coverage and features differ.  MNsure is also the only place Minnesotans can go and see if they qualify for federal tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums. A single individual earning less than $45,000 a year or a family of four earning less than $94,000 a year, will likely qualify for a tax credit. As a MNsure Official Partner, NAMI Minnesota is helping spread the word about MNsure, as well as assisting people to enroll. See how you can benefit by visiting or by contacting Brenda Dale, at the Northwestern Mental Health Center, Inc. at 218-281-3940.

Important notes:

1) All plans under MNsure must provide mental health and substance use disorder

treatment, and must follow mental health parity laws.

2) There are no exclusions or waiting periods for individuals with pre-existing health


3) Medicaid (Medical Assistance) is expanding so that single adults can qualify based on

income alone (and not disability).

4) MinnesotaCare will no longer have waiting periods, limits on hospital coverage or a

$1000 co-pay for hospital care.