WHO WE ARE
The Yolo County California chapter of the
National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grass roots, self-help,
support and advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to improving the
lives of people with psychiatric disorders, which include schizophrenia,
bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and severe emotional disorders in
NAMI strives to reduce stigma and
ignorance of psychiatric disorders and to help eliminate discrimination
and restrictions accessing essential treatments and life supports such as
employment, housing, and health insurance.
Our advocacy efforts for people with
psychiatric disorders began in 1978 as the Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
At the time, Yolo County's public facilities for psychiatric patients were
three locked cells at the end of a hall in the old County Hospital. Now,
Yolo County patients have access to the model psychiatric unit at Woodland
Memorial Hospital, with Wellness programs in Woodland and adult residential care
in Woodland, Davis and West Sacramento. We continue planning, advocating for and making improvements in
the lives of people living with psychiatric disorders.
Nami-Yolo is a non-profit organization.
NAMI-Yolo is one of 70 affiliates of
NAMI-California and one of over 1,000 affiliates of our national
organization, the National Alliance on
Mental Illness, headquartered in
Arlington, Virginia with more than 220,000 members.
Located in Northern
California, NAMI-Yolo includes the communities of Davis, Esparto, West
Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland as well as other communities within Yolo