NAMI Clark, Greene & Madison Counties is a strong NAMI affiliate! Our Executive Director, Erica Picklesimon, oversees NAMI CGM. We are governed by the NAMI Clark, Greene & Madison Counties' Board of Directors and funded in part by the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties and grants. We rely on your generous donations to make up the rest of our funds.
Our dedicated NAMI staff, Board members and volunteers work tirelessly to raise awareness and decrease the stigma and discrimination surrounding brain-based diseases. Additionally, we provide education, support and advocacy for people living with mental illness and those who love them.
Since Covid-19 arrived, we have been able to keep open one of our two drop-in support centers. The Vernon Center in Springfield is open each weekday. Transportation is available to the center for those who live in Greene and Madison Counties. Peers can spend time with others just like them to play, craft, and/or relax in a welcoming and safe environment. Peer Recovery Supporters provide support and staff monitor and guide activities. Cold breakfasts and hot lunches are available, as is a monthly hygiene clinic. Community outings occur monthly, such as bowling, art museums and more.
Our confidential NAMI educational programs and support groups help people gain vital information, insight and understanding. People discover that they are not alone in their recovery journey, and that others share many of the same issues. Many describe their NAMI experiences as “life changing”.
When you have NAMI in your life you no longer need to walk the path of mental illness alone, we will be there with you. In fact, we are better together!