NAMI OF LAKE COUNTY- LOOKING BACK
NAMI Lake County’s grassroots were established in 1991 as AMI Lake County, an outgrowth of the Families Do Care Foundation; which began in October 1988 as a committee designed to define housing needs for the mentally ill in Lake County. Families Do Care was formed by volunteers, each of whom had a family member with a mental illness. Each also was involved in the support group at NEIGHBORING, Supportive Family Friendships.
In 1991, the AMI Lake County Board developed Bylaws which were approved by the general membership and achieved non-profit status as well as incorporation in the State of Ohio. AMI Lake County then became chartered as an affiliate of NAMI Ohio and the national organization – National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In accordance with a vote of the general membership of NAMI in 2006, each affiliated organization changed their name to become the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI.