We advocate by shaping national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and providing volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.
— NAMI Orange County

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.


NAMI National

For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment, and unceasing belief in NAMI's mission have produced profound changes. NAMI's greatest strength is the dedication of our leaders and members. We are the families, friends and individuals that serve to strengthen communities across the country.

NAMI Advocate Magazine

NAMI Advocate is the flagship vehicle for public communication from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It brings you the kind of timely, practical information you need, whether you are a consumer, a family member, or a friend of a person with a serious mental illness.

The Advocate is published 12 times per year. Both the magazine and e-newsletter are available online at www.nami.org/advocate.


SAMHSA's Resource Center
SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center)
The SAMHSA ADS Center provides information and advice on countering discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness. It has the support and input of experts on this topic.

Patient Rights

Patient's Rights Advocacy Services is part of a state-mandated patient's rights advocacy system. Read more on the OC Health Care Agency Behavioral Health Service Web site.

Treatment and Advocacy

The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illnesses. TAC promotes laws, policies, and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

California Disability Access Information
The purpose of this site is to provide information and links on the major laws, regulations and areas of interest regarding disability rights and access for Californians with disabilities and other interested persons. You will find references to laws, resources for services and referrals to organizations that can help you with your access concerns.

Dayle McIntosh Center

The Mission of the Dayle McIntosh Center is to advance the empowerment, equality, integration and full participation of people with disabilities in the community. The Center is not a residential program, but instead promotes the full integration of disabled persons into the community. Dayle McIntosh Center is a consumer-driven organization serving all disabilities.