Welcome to NAMI Indiana, our State Organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are a grassroots public charity helping people living with serious mental illnesses, their families and friends. We support local NAMI Affiliates, train volunteer leaders, provide continuing education for professionals, and partner for systems change at the state level. Please explore to learn more about our mission and impact.

We are a NIMH Outreach Partner! Get the latest information on cutting-edge research about mental illnesses by clicking visiting the NIMH website today.

NAMI Indiana to Offer Paid Training

posted Mar 6, 2015, 11:06 AM by Barbara Thompson   [ updated by Erin Tock ]

NAMI Indiana is offering a paid, one-week training course for parents or guardians who want to work in the child mental health services system of care. Trainees will learn the skills needed to provide support to families with a child who is living with mental health challenges or serious emotional disturbances.

The candidate must have two years experience parenting or caring for a child with complex mental health and/or substance use disorders within the past eight years. This experience of navigating the necessary mental health and child-care systems will make them the ideal peer support provider.

The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction is in the process of helping to create jobs for the Parent Support Provider.

NAMI Indiana will provide training and financial compensation this spring for 25 people from around the state to attend a training and help accomplish the first major step in earning a new certification to work in this field. Through a newly designed certification, known as the Indiana Certified Parent Support Provider (IN CPSP), a person will learn to help families navigate the many aspects of caring for a child with unique needs. These needs can include identifying community resources, crisis planning, medical record keeping, goal setting, and much more. 

Along with the IN CPSP training, the CPSP will use his/her personal experiences to help and support other families who are caring for a child with mental health needs.

To become a Certified Parent Support Provider, a candidate must first fill out an application, move through the screening process, and complete the 40-hour training course, which includes an $800 stipend to be paid after completing the post-course exam and course evaluation. This initial training will cover topics including:
This training will give a candidate many of the necessary knowledge qualifications for potential positions that providers are considering for the future. NAMI Indiana is working closely with the State of Indiana to prepare this new workforce and to get feedback about the value of this training.

Benefits of CPSP training include:
  • Gaining skills for jobs of the future
  • $800 stipend for the one-week training
  • Using lived experiences to help shape Indiana's systems of care
  • Providing feedback on how this training will look in the future. 

Here is a sample job description that will be typical of the kinds of jobs that will be created. 

NAMI Indiana is hosting five training courses with the locations TBA:

April 6-10         April 27-May 1        May 18-22        June 1-5        June 15-19

Each course will be limited to five participants who will gain their certification at the end of the 40-hour specialized training. Interested candidates should call Joanne Abbot at 800-677-6442 and/or download the application below and send it to jabbott@namiindiana.org. 

Join us March 20th for our "Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit"

posted Feb 26, 2015, 1:39 PM by Marianne Halbert   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 10:54 AM by Barbara Moser ]

Too often, individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness become involved in the criminal justice system. Learn from experienced professionals in mental health and criminal justice about the latest initiatives to de-criminalize mental illness when we gather at the Indianapolis Marriott North on March 20, 2015. Hear lived experience from people in recovery. Network with judges, prosecutors, people who work in law enforcement, corrections, community corrections, probation, parole, mental health, advocacy, and more. To learn more, view the agenda, see our presenters' bios, or register, visit our Summit page. We hope to see you there!

Tomorrow: Annual Statehouse Meet & Greet

posted Jan 3, 2015, 12:45 PM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Jan 20, 2015, 10:50 AM ]

Each year, NAMI Indiana coordinates an event at the Indiana Statehouse when advocates and Indiana policymakers meet to build relationships, share stories, and discuss some of the most important issues facing those affected by serious mental illnesses.

Our 2015 Meet & Greet will convene on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

**The location has changed from the NORTH Atrium to the SOUTH Atrium.**

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class coming in 2015

posted Dec 3, 2014, 1:53 PM by Linda Williams   [ updated Dec 10, 2014, 8:32 AM ]

Youth Mental Health First Aid - February 10, 2015 - 8 am to 5 pm
Larue Carter Hospital, 2601 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Cost - $50 includes book

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. In January 2013, President Obama recommended training for teachers in Mental Health First Aid. The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to more than 100,000 people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.

Mental Health First Aid - October 21 and November 18, 2014

posted Jul 3, 2014, 8:48 AM by Linda Williams

NAMI Indiana is offering two more Mental Health First Aid courses. MHFA is an education program for front-line professionals that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.

We will offer the 8 hour course on Tuesday, October 21 and November 18, 2014. Read more about the program, if it's a good fit for your organization or career, and how you can register.

Mental Health First Aid Coming in May

posted Mar 28, 2014, 2:35 PM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Mar 28, 2014, 3:37 PM ]

NAMI Indiana is now certified to teach Mental Health First Aid, a public education program for front-line professionals that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.

NAMI Indiana will offer a course in May, split into two four-hour sessions on May 14 and May 21. Read more about the program, if it's a good fit for your organization or career, and how you can register.

Join With Us!

posted Feb 20, 2014, 7:01 AM by Leslie Gay   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 9:55 AM by Joshua Sprunger ]

Meet two of our program leaders, who graciously share their stories:



Learn more about how a donation to NAMI Indiana or becoming a member of NAMI can make a difference.

CIT Working in Fort Wayne

posted Jan 17, 2014, 11:08 AM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 11:16 AM ]

Bottom line: CIT works. The numbers are in, and Fort Wayne Police Department CIT officers responded to more than 1500 calls in 2013. Those officers used force only 22 times, and made just seven arrests. We congratulate and thank FWPD and the entire CIT coalition in Allen County for their work, and for being a model of what CIT coalitions can accomplish for those they serve.
Want more information? Explore all of FWPD's 2013 CIT statistics.

Star Coverage of Indiana's Children's Mental Health Intiative

posted Jan 16, 2014, 1:46 PM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 2:12 PM ]

NAMI Indiana was quoted in an Indy Star article about Indiana's new Children's Mental Health Initiative. This new program gets mental health treatment services to children in families who don't qualify for Medicaid, and for those whose private insurance falls short. Our organization has been talking with DMHA and DCS about these issues for some time, and we believe this is an important step in the right direction.
Click here to read the article, and send us some feedback at info@namiindiana.org, or tweet us at @namiindiana.

No Affiliate Support Call Today

posted Jan 1, 2014, 8:47 AM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Jan 1, 2014, 8:48 AM ]

Today's Affiliate Support Call has been cancelled because of the holiday. Affiliate and Program Leaders: watch your inbox for an announcement about the time and date of January's call. Thanks.

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