Advocacy


Guest Speakers Available

Did you know that NAMI Hawaii has a speakers bureau available to educate community groups and providers about our mission and services ? NAMI Hawaii speakers are even available through our NAMI Hawaii affiliates which are also located on the islands of Kauai, Maui and the island of Hawaii. NAMI Hawaii speakers bureau engagements are FREE OF CHARGE (donations in any amount are gratefully accepted). As a non-profit organization dedicated to support and advocacy, our experienced and knowledgeable speakers include program graduates, certified program facilitators, clients in recovery and professionals from the mental health field. It is the goal of NAMI Hawaii and our affiliates to touch as many lives as possible by providing meaningful information related to: 


· Current NAMI core programs and support groups

· Basic education about mental illness and diagnosis

· Current statistics, literature and available community resources

· Information to navigate health care and access case management and other services

· Testimonials from program graduates (family members)

· Testimonials from clients in recovery

NAMI Hawaii speakers are available to meet with interested school and church groups, professional organizations and clubs, agency or company staff meetings, providers from the health and mental health fields and existing support groups.

To change a life and invite a NAMI Hawaii speaker to your next group meeting or function please call 
(808) 591-1297 or send an email request info@namihawaii.org


Outstanding Family Advocates at the Mental Health America of Hawaii's Mahalo Awards:
NAMI Board President, Mike Durant and his wife Margie, were honored in 2013
NAMI Board Member and NAMI Kauai director, Kathy Sheffield, was honored in 2015
NAMI Board Member Fredda Sullum and her husband, Edward, were honored in 2016




NAMI Hawaii helps increase visitations for our loved ones in jail

It's amazing what an idea can become. We are so proud of our Board member Steve Katz for bringing it to our attention last year that prisoners visitations were being cancelled at an alarming rate. As we know studies have shown that this is not good for the prisonersmental health, much less for someone who suffers from severe mental illness and there are many mentally ill people in our prisons, the prison being, in a sense, the largest mental hospital in Hawaii. 
There is still a lot to do with regard to having more short and long term treatment facilities and more beds in the behavioral health units at hospitals. Nevertheless we are proud of having participated in this step forward. A big Mahalo to Honolulu Civil Beat for continuing to cover such an important issue. 

Thank you letters were sent to David Ige, Governor State of Hawaii, Nolan Espinda, Director State of Hawaii Dept. of Public Safety and Dayton Nakanelua, State Director United Public Workers.
This change is particularly beneficial to the families and loved ones of those behind bars who are coping with the daily challenges of living with mental illness, and of course to the inmates themselves.

We applaud all of those who have worked to make this change permanent. 


Health Care Advocacy Seminar draws Mental Health Advocates 

On March 26th, 2011, consumers, family members, providers, and interested community members gathered to hear about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on mental health care from Andrew Sperling, NAMI Director of Legislative Advocacy. 

The ACA presentation was followed by a thought-provoking and lively panel discussion led by Joanne Lundstrom, retired CEO of Mental Health Kokua and Board Chair of PHOCUSED.  Featured panelists included community leaders, consumers, and family members: Mike Durant (NAMI), Randy Hack (NAMI), Poka Laenui (Hale Na'au Pono), Lloyd Lim (DCCA), Suzanne Chun Oakland (Senate Human Services, Greg Payton (DOH), and Andrew Sperling (NAMI).


ACT 221 Assisted Community Treatment Act

ACT 221