NAMI Tallahassee, Inc.
P.O. Box 14842
Tallahassee FL 32317-4842
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 14842
Tallahassee, FL 32317
Telephone (850) 841-3386
Fax 850 671-5272
Alternate Address 2024 Doomar Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308
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At A Glance
Organization DBA
National Alliance on Mental Illness-Tallahassee
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Name of supporting organization National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
EIN Number 59-2859337
Year of Incorporation 1987
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $35,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Mission Statement
NAMI Tallahassee is a nonprofit organization that provides support, education, and advocacy throughout Leon County and surrounding areas on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Needs Statement
  • A facility to house materials and storage for the NAMI-Tallahassee affiliate.
  • A sustained funding stream that would afford us the opportunity to hire a part-time volunteer coordinator to assist with the maintenance of an up-to-date resource list for individuals and families dealing with mental illnesses, manage the "Help Line" and assist with registration for Family-to-Family and Basics classes.
  • As a volunteer based organization, we always need Volunteers! Our one-on-one relationships are just as important as the partnerships we build with agencies and community providers. In order to achieve our mission, we are continuously looking for individuals interested in joining our mission.
  • A great deal of our work is based on community-wide research. As such, we are always searching for new data that supports the needs in our community for improving the lives of individuals living with mental illness.
Impact Statement

In addition to advocacy related issues on mental illness, NAMI-Tallahassee has consistently offered Family-to-Family classes, an ongoing monthly support group, co-sponsored Crisis Intervention Team training for local law enforcement and maintained a phone help-line.  Recent accomplishments include:

  • On Labor Day 2015 over 320 runners participated in the first Bluebird Run, a 5K and 1Mile Fun Run Walk and raised over $23,000 to fund suicide awareness and post suicide intervention. Media coverage was provided by the Tallahassee Democrat and other major media outlets in the community.
  • On October 25, 2014, the NAMI-Tallahassee affiliate coordinated and administered The Gathering, an educational dialogue for individuals with a mental illness and their families. This was the continuation of the area's first peer-education conference organized and facilitated by individuals living with mental illnesses in 2012.  The 2014 event was expanded to include family members and held at TCC's downtown Capitol Center.  It was a collaborative effort of the Big Bend Mental Health Coalition, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), Florida State University School of Medicine's  Dep. of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, the Outlet, Tallahassee Peer Network and NAMI-Tallahassee. Over 100 registered for the free event. The event received financial support from the Apalachee Center, Magellan Complete Care; Florida State University College of Medicine and Tallahassee Memorial's Behavioral Health Care Center.
  • The Tallahassee affiliate signed two Memorandums of Understanding in 2014. In January, NAMI-Tallahassee and the Apalachee Center agreed to "explore partnership ventures, including expanded venues and opportunities for community support and education, legislative initiatives, and system-of-care development related to the delivery of community mental health and substance abuse services." The second community partnership is with the Gadsden/Leon PACT, a consortium of early childhood providers, parents and community leaders focusing on a community level investment in the social, emotional, developmental and behavioral well-being of young children and their families in the Gadsden and Leon County area.  In 2015, the affiliate signed an MOU with the FSU College of Medicine's Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine.
  • Continued utilizing a $3,000 grant from NAMI National for Sharing Hope, a community outreach program to the African American faith-based community. Utilizing the faith community's key relationship to many African American families, this initiative builds support, guidance and understanding specifically designed for its members living with mental illness.  In June, the Florida African Dance Festival named NAMI as their health partner for 2014.
  • In October 2014, NAMI-Tallahassee and NAMI FSU on Campus sponsored NAMI Smarts, a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. The free 3-hour session was taught by Dr. Sandra Van Pelt of Orlando.
  • Socials continues to provide regularly scheduled social events for individuals living with mental illness and their families.  Many individuals living with mental illness are dependent on Social Security Disability with limited funds for socializing. Outings have included picnics at local parks, movies and game-days.
  • NAMI-Basics, is an 8-week peer-led educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with a mental illness. The first class was held February 2014 with 10 graduates. Three classes were held in 2015, two for family caregivers and one for health-care professionals.
Background Statement

NAMI Tallahassee was incorporated as an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Florida in September of 1989.

As such, the affiliate is part of the nation's largest volunteer advocacy organization of families, individuals, and proponents of the goals to improve the quality of life for people and families coping with mental illness, to eliminate stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to increase awareness of brain disorders, treatment, and recovery.

Service Categories
Mental Health Associations - Multipurpose
Alliances & Advocacy
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
Areas Served

Although NAMI-Tallahassee primarily serves Leon County, individuals from other communities attend the Family-to-Family education program -- driving from Perry, Marianna, Chattahoochee, and southern Georgia.  Law enforcement officers from Wakulla and Gadsden counties routinely attend the Crisis Intervention Team training.

Board Chair Statement We are good stewards.  We are grateful that NAMI was there for us and will continue to ensure it is there for others.   Matt Liebenhaut, 2015 President
All education and support programs offered by NAMI Tallahassee are free to the public and follow NAMI national guidelines.  They are facilitated and taught by certified trained individuals.

NAMI drew on course elements which have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective in the field. These elements include recognition of mental illness as a traumatic event for the individual and the family; sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by the family as a whole; gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a life-long role; and empowerment to be effective advocates.

:  A 12-week course designed for family, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness.  The program educates attendees on the illnesses and assists them in providing support, coping and problem solving skills.

A  6-week peer-led educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with a mental illness. The course is facilitated by trained parents or caregivers of individuals who developed mental illness symptoms prior to the age of 13.



Budget $1,100.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Peer Counseling
Population Served Families, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Family-to-Family:  Many family members report the class to be "life changing."  Provided up-to-date information in the course, they feel they are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner. 

The course materials and peer instructors provide insight on the lived experience of a person with mental illness, as well as strategies for handling crisis and relapse.  Attendees gain guidance on locating resources and support services that are available in the community. 

Basics: School professionals often recognize warning signals before family members do, but admit feeling ill equipped to address the needs of these students and how best to communicate and work with families.  NAMI Basics provides a referral resource that families can access at no cost to themselves. NAMI believes that early identification and treatment is of vital importance, impacting the well being of families and an individual’s ability to achieve independence. By working to ensure access to the treatment and recovery supports; education success is accelerated and further harm related to the course of illness is minimized for the student. 
Long term Success

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education program is recommend by the American Psychiatric Association, said to "significantly" improve coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness.  The results of the landmark study by The National Institute of Mental Health were published in the association's June 2011 Journal, Psychiatric Services.  Family-to-Family is also included in the list of the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs sanctioned by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The course has been offered locally since 1995.

NAMI Basics is a new program for the Tallahassee affiliate.  We anticipate it will achieve the success of other NAMI signature programs.  Four instructors were certified to teach the course in 2013.

Program Success Monitored By
Peer teachers are trained by the national guidelines (NAMI) and recertified on an ongoing basis.  The course materials are also updated annually and distributed by the national organization.  

Surveys are completed by all graduates and teachers upon completion of the course.   The survey results are entered into a nationwide database maintained by the national organization. 
Examples of Program Success
We are fortunate to have two nurse-practitioners, one who is a member of FSU's nursing faculty, as part of our teaching team.  We find it easy to recruit instructors for the course as family members routinely "step-up" to ensure the material is available to others.

We are especially proud that the leadership of TallyTies chose NAMI Tallahassee as its 2013 partner based on the recommendation of a Family-to-Family graduate.  TallyTies is a not-for-profit organization comprised of professionals from various industries with a passion for giving back to the Tallahassee community. The year long partnership is spent interacting with the service partners and volunteering time.
Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) provide a police based response to persons experiencing a mental health emergency.   CIT certified officers complete an intensive 40-hour training program that includes signs and symptoms of mental illnesses, information about community mental health resources and specific de-escalation techniques for managing calls involving persons with a mental illness.  The training as well as the deployment of teams in Leon County is based on a nationally recognized and evidence based model of crisis intervention commonly referred to as the "Memphis Model" of CIT.  NAMI partners for CIT training are the Tallahassee Police Department and Leon County Office of  Court Administration.  CIT training is an ongoing program and is available to all law enforcement agencies in the Big Bend Area.  Nine agencies from Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla Counties are regular participants in CIT training.  The program is offered two and sometimes three times per year.
Budget $945.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Crisis Intervention Programs
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
The near term success from CIT training is the altered behavior of individual law enforcement officers. One indicator of success is the post-course feedback which is overwhelmingly positive, and has been consistently so over the course of 26 classes . Other indicators are surveys of CIT certified officers and   interviews with family members who have requested law enforcement assistance.  Both officers and family members credit CIT training with, in most cases, more satisfactory resolution of mental health crises.   
Long term Success
Program goals include improved physical safety for law enforcement officers, improved physical safety for persons experiencing a crisis, and diversion from the criminal justice system to a more appropriate system of medical care. 
Law enforcement calls for service involving a mental health crisis are inherently dangerous calls where the risk of injury to both officers and subjects is high.  The long-term success of Crisis Intervention Teams will be measured by significant reduction in "line of duty" injuries to officers, significant reduction in "use of force" by officers, and more appropriate decisions about arrest vs. custody and transport to a system of medical care. Pertinent data are routinely collected by law enforcement agencies and hospital/public health organizations. 
Program Success Monitored By
Useful empirical data include reports of "line of duty injuries" to law enforcement officers; law enforcement "use of force" reports; case dispositions (arrest vs hospital transport); ratio of jail inmates with mental illness; and jail budgets for psychotropic medications.  These data are carefully tracked, and easily available with the cooperation of  the collecting agency.
Anecdotal data are available from individual law enforcement officers, families and individuals experiencing a contact with law enforcement, and health care facilities receiving patients who are transported by law enforcement.  
A continuing demand for CIT training is also an important indicator of  long term success.
Examples of Program Success
Patients and family members report improvements in the way law enforcement officers handle calls for police services involving a mental health issue.  Families and individuals have learned to request a CIT certified officer when calling for assistance.
The following is from an unsolicited commendation of Tallahassee PD officers: "I am truly thankful for their kind compassionate treatment of (my son). . .The (911 operator) was efficient, clear and able to keep me calm.  I asked for a CIT officer and he sent two.  They (officers) were phenomenal. . . they listened to (my son) and gained his trust.  I have dreaded the first time that he would have to be Baker Acted, but they took care of the situation with respect and dignity."
Support Group and Information Phone Line:
NAMI-Tallahassee offers a monthly support group which meets at St. John's Episcopal. Church on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Individuals who attend support group or call the "Information Help Line" are connected with  trained volunteers, consumers and family members —  who are in a unique position to offer support and empathy from people who know what it's like and who have "been there."

It is designed for families and friends, as well as individuals living with mental illness.  The Support Group is led by NAMI trained facilitators who strive to provide an atmosphere of mutual consideration, forbearance and protection -- offering individuals the opportunity to learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies, encouragement, and understanding.
Started in January of 2013, Socials are offered at least four times a  year. They are designed for individuals living with mental illness and their families and friends.  Events have included picnics at area parks, movies and game days.   
Budget $700.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
NAMI-Tallahassee has only offered the "socials" for almost two years. Many individuals living with mental illness are dependent on Social Security Disability funds and have very limited funds for socializing. 
Long term Success
Support Group and Information Phone Line:
Many of these individuals register for the Family-to-Family education classes or become active members of the organization.
Program Success Monitored By
A call list is maintained by the volunteers answering the "Help Line" as well as a "sign-in" sheet for people who attend the monthly support group.
Examples of Program Success The monthly Support Group and Information Phone Line have been part of NAMI-Tallahassee since the organization's inception.  These two services, along with the website, usually serve as the initial contact source for individuals seeking assistance.

A national NAMI education initiative that originally partnered with African-American congregations.  As of 2013 it has expanded focus to partner with all organizations with a predominantly African American membership or service population to share mental health education and support. 

Sharing Hope is a one-hour presentation which provides an overview of mental illness, treatment and recovery from the perspective of a panel of people who have personally experienced these illnesses.

Budget $3,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Pastoral Counseling
Population Served Blacks, African Heritage, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Three congregations have participated in the education initiative, resulting in the recruitment of additional volunteers for the program. 
Long term Success

The goal of Sharing Hope is to create an environment that decreases mental health stigma, increases awareness of mental health recovery and introduces education and support to the African American community.

Program Success Monitored By
Questionnaires are distributed and completed prior to the presentation for a "pre" survey of the individual's perception  of mental illness.  A "post" questionnaire indicates whether the presentation has changed the attendees' opinion. The results of these questionnaires are tallied and entered into a NAMI National database.
Examples of Program Success
Based on a commitment from an African American member of the NAMI-Tallahassee Board and the success of other national education programs, the affiliate was awarded a national grant in 2012 to assist with the implementation of the program. 
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
NAMI's participation in the implementation of Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) in Leon and surrounding Counties has been significant in a number of ways. 
The primary, and most obvious, result is a better experience for consumers of mental health services who receive help from a CIT certified law enforcement officer.  Active participation in CIT led directly to NAMI representation on the Leon County Commission's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Advisory Board (SAMHA) which gave NAMI a direct and active involvement in the creation of a mental health court in Leon County, the first in the Second Judicial Circuit.  County Commissioners chose to not re-apply for grant funding to sustain the court, and the Advisory Board was dissolved in 2012, but many valuable relationships remain intact.  One of those relationships created an opportunity for NAMI representation on the Leon County Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC).  The PSCC mission is to monitor jail operations and to advise the County Commission on that and  other areas related to public safety.  NAMI was also invited to contribute to the development of CIT for the Florida Department of Corrections, a program that is being delivered to over 16,000 corrections officers across the state. 
In summary, the unanticipated consequence of NAMI participation in CIT has been to establish NAMI as an important stakeholder in areas related to mental health and especially in the criminal justice system in Leon and neighboring counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Matt Liebenhaut
Company Affiliation Attorney
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms. Denise Barber
Company Affiliation FL State Government
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Mrs. Margie Armstrong Magellan Health
Ms. Denise Barber FL Department of Children & Families
Mr. Bob Barnette Retired, Florida State University
Mrs. Cindy Foster Community Volunteer
Nancy Fruin Nurse Practitioner
Mr. Matt Liebenhaut Attorney
Nancy O'Farrell Retired
Mrs Marsha Slade Florida Department of Health
David Steingart Social Work, MSW
Mr. Richard Stephens Retired, Fl Dept of Law Enforcement
Mrs. Doris Strong State of Florida
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 82%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director No paid staff N/A
Term Start Sept 1989
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The Apalachee Center: In 2014 and continued in 2015, NAMI-Tallahassee and the Apalachee Center, through a signed Memorandum of Understanding, agreed to "explore partnership ventures, including expanded venues and opportunities for community support and education, legislative initiatives, and system-of-care development related to the delivery of community mental health and substance abuse services."

Gadsden/Leon PACT: NAMI Tallahassee is a member of a consortium of early childhood providers, parents and community leaders who focuses on a community level investment in the social, emotional, developmental and behavioral well-being of young children and their families in the Gadsden and Leon County area.
In 2015, added two collaborations.  A Memo of Understanding was signed with the Department of Behavorial Sciences and Social Medicine of Florida State University's Medical School.  NAMI-Tallahassee agreed to provide representation and support an integrated health center focused to include mental health services.  A 2nd partnership agreement was signed with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the members of the Delta Kappa Omega Chapter to promote mental health education in the African American community.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $35,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$10,595$5,125$4,234
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates$838$1,042$1,201
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.521.860.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%83%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$24,392$18,493$13,168
Current Assets$24,392$18,493$13,168
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$24,392$18,493$13,168
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments NAMI-Tallahassee was fortunate to end its 2013 financial year with left-over revenues and "roll-over" funds from previous years. For this reason, we have increased our educational programming and community service significantly over previous years, while maintaining a conservative revenue projection.  The 2014 budget projects an operational loss of $2,368.00, but an operational reserve from previous years is available if needed.  We feel that an increase in programming and services will generate additional revenue.

We are proud of NAMI-Tallahassee's accomplishments as an organization that operates without staff or office space. This is challenging, but also empowering. We recognize that if this much can be accomplished with a group of volunteers, just think what can be happen with more volunteers and increased financial support.

Our current goals are to one day employ a part-time volunteer coordinator and secure storage space for materials and event functions.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the in house financial statements
  • Contributions from foundations/corporations are included with total for Individuals
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the financials
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Additional Comments
Please review our newsletter and "2014 Gathering" Education Program.  The "Gathering"  was created specifically as a resource for individuals with a mental illness as well as their families and friends.

We are especially grateful to the Community Foundation of North Florida for their efforts on our behalf and other non-profits.
Nonprofit NAMI Tallahassee, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 14842
Tallahassee, FL 323174842
Primary Phone 850 841-3386
CEO/Executive Director No paid staff N/A
Board Chair Mr. Matt Liebenhaut
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney
Year of Incorporation 1987