NAMI Delaware County – Reaching Out to Persons with Severe Mental Illness in Local Criminal Justice Contexts

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the primary advocacy organization for persons with mental illness and their families in the United States. Over the past few years, the local NAMI chapter in Delaware County has established innovative programs for persons with mental illness and their families, including support groups, suicide hotlines, and education for law enforcement on crisis intervention. In this immersive project, students met with the NAMI Delaware County Executive Board to discuss how the organization supports these programs. Students then formed teams to plan and carry out activities for NAMI DC, including two fundraisers at local restaurants to support Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement officers, and donation and distribution of flyers educating the community about mental health resources.

Faculty Mentor: Monte Staton
Department: Criminal Justice and Criminology
Community Partner: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Students: Abdul Aldhiroy, Hussam Alghamdi, Abdulrahman Alhasani, Nader Alluoh, Faris Alruthia, Will Boston, Martin Dyrcz, Christy Garke, Caleb Gramman, Conner Hobbs, Shauntanyse James, Kyla Kettell, Katie Kunzman, Justin Lewis, Justin Miti, Dametrea Mixon, Destini Pugh, Dakota Schaefer, William Stone, Nicholas Wise

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