WHO WE ARE
The Yolo County California
chapter of the National Alliance on
Mental Illness is a grassroots, 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 children.
NAMI strives to reduce stigma and ignorance of psychiatric
disorders and to help eliminate discrimination and restricted access
to 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, three levels of adult residential care,
and a Wellness Center for mental health clients. We
continue planning, advocating for and making improvements in the
lives of people living with psychiatric disorders.
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 Washington, D.C. 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 County.