NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nations largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Hawaii State is dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families affected by mental illnesses, through support, education, advocacy, and awareness.  We serve our community by empowering people to confront the profound injustices brought by serious mental illnesses.  

NAMI Hawaii State provides free support, information and resources if you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition. Please contact NAMI Hawaii at info@namihawaii.org or (808) 591-1297.


March 17, 2020                NAMI Members and Friends Meeting with 
                                         Eddie Mersereau, Deputy Director, DOH Behavioral Health Administration
                                        “Building a Better Behavioral Health Care System in Hawaii”
REGISTER HERE for Members and Friends:  //namimembersandfriends.eventbrite.com/

March 30, 2020                NAMI Hawaii State Conference partnering w/MHA of Hawaii: 
                                         Assisted Community Treatment Training with 
                                         Treatment Advocacy Center
                                         REGISTRATION OPENS February 17, 2020

REGISTER HERE for the NAMI Conference-ACT Training: https://namihawaiiact2020.eventbrite.com

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP: https://forms.gle/sUgx9SKEs8Je3NdB8


NAMI Hawaii State Conference 2020

Treatment Advocacy Center: Assisted Community Treatment Training

Please Join Us for the Assisted Community Treatment Training

Assisted Community treatment (ACT) – sometimes known as “court-ordered Community treatment” – is the practice of placing individuals with severe mental illness and a history of struggling with voluntary treatment adherence under court order to follow a prescribed treatment plan while living in the community. Across the nation studies have shown that ACT can dramatically improve treatment outcomes and substantially reduce the likelihood of repeat hospitalization and criminal justice involvement for its target population.

In 2019, Governor Ige signed legislation designed to encourage wider use of ACT kindled new interest in ACT across Hawaii as a strategy for meeting the needs of some of the most challenging patients. The goal of this conference is to translate interest into action.

Setting Up for Success: Ten Building Blocks of a Sustainable ACT Program

Developing an effective ACT program takes planning and collaboration among a range of community stakeholders. This presentation will walk through the “Building Blocks” for establishing a new ACT program help ensure that it remains a permanent fixture within a local mental health system, including:

Building Block 1: Secure buy-in from key leadership.

Building Block 2: Reach a shared understanding of the law and the funding landscape.

Building Block 3: Determine the appropriate level of judicial engagement.

Building Block 4: Establish a mechanism for oversight of participants.

Building Block 5: Create written policies, procedures and forms.

Building Block 6: Hold regular stakeholder meetings.

Building Block 7: Print materials to inform participants of rights and responsibilities.

Building Block 8: Educate stakeholders and the community at large.

Building Block 9: Track data for purposes of program evaluation and improvement.

Building Block 10: Mentor neighboring communities.

 Who should attend?

Judges, lawyers, mental health professionals, law enforcement, family members and anyone else who is looking for solutions to improve the quality of life of those living with the consequences of untreated mental illness due to lack of insight.

Monday, March 30, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pomaika'i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery - Iwilei

Registration open thru March 24, 2020.     CEs APPROVED: NASW-HI (2.5), ADAD (5) & HCPS (2.5)

Cost: $25 per person, including a hot buffet lunch and training materials.  Scholarships are available. https://forms.gle/sUgx9SKEs8Je3NdB8

MARCH 31, 2020              On March 31st, the Treatment Advocacy Center will host “office hours” at the NAMI Hawaii office. If your team is ready to move                                                   forward on the implementation of ACT and you would like additional in-person technical assistance, this is your opportunity. For                                                 more information or to schedule a TA session, contact Betsy Johnson at the Treatment Advocacy Center at 

                                       Email: johnsonb@treatmentadvocacycenter.org.  


May 14,  2020                  MHA Mahalo Awards Honoring CIT Officers
June  2020                       Walk Rally
July 15-18, 2020              NAMI National Convention in Georgia
August 2020                     Walk Kick Off 
October 10, 2020             NAMIWalks Hawaii
December 12, 2020         Annual Celebration Breakfast
DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  For most events, you must register.  Please contact us for more information, email at info@namihawaii.org or call us at (808) 591-1297. Go to http://www.namihawaii.org/calendar for updated dates and times.