FAQ

How can I contact NAMI? What about when the office is closed?

The NAMI of Erie County office is open 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday every day except holidays. For non-urgent messages, you can email us at info@namierie.org or leave a message on the helpline voice mail (814) 456-1773 and we’ll respond as soon as we can after the office re-opens for business.



I recently moved. How do change my address on NAMI’s mailing list? How do I delete my name from the list?

Please send your updated information (including both new and old full name and street address) to info@namierie.org or mail to:

NAMI of Erie County
Attn: Membership
1611 Peach Street, Suite 218
Erie, PA  16501

What does the NAMI acronym stand for?

The NAMI acronym stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Where can I find statistics about the prevalence of mental illness?


Can I volunteer at NAMI of Erie County?

Please contact our agency at (814) 456-1773 for information about volunteer opportunities in Erie County.


How can I become a NAMI member? What are the benefits of membership?

One may now become a full NAMI member through Join NAMI. The annual dues are $40/year. You may also join by contacting our agency directly at (814) 456-1773.

The benefits of full membership include our quarterly magazine, the NAMI Advocate, discounts on resources on the NAMI Online Store, discounts at NAMI’s Annual Convention, as well as full access to all the information and features on the NAMI.org website, and more.


Does NAMI offer any scholarships for college?

Unfortunately, NAMI does not provide or sponsor any academic fellowships or scholarships.

As a nonprofit organization, NAMI’s work focuses on support, education, advocacy, and research. The following organizations may be able to assist you further.

Heath Resource Center at the George Washington University – The Heath Center is a national clearinghouse for information on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities. The Center publishes an annually-updated paper on financial resources. The latest version is Creating Options: 2006 Financial Aid for Individuals with Disabilities, which would include persons with serious mental illnesses. This paper may be accessed online through their website or by calling their toll-free number.

Contact: (800) 544-3284
Heath Resource Center
2134 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052-0001
Web site: www.heath.gwu.edu

CAUSE – Consumers & Alliances United for Supported Education – Primarily for residents of Massachusetts, this is a program of the Mass. Department of Mental Health, which can provide information on scholarship opportunities for persons with serious mental illnesses. Services include academic and career counseling, assistance with finding financial aid, study skills, stress control, tutoring/coaching, and assistance with crisis while hospitalized.

Contact: (617) 626-9098
Kim Anderson
Quincy Mental Health Center
460 Quincy Ave.
Quincy, MA 02169

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship – Assists persons with schizophrenia, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and bipolar disorder in acquiring educational and vocational skills, and reintegrating into society and secure employment.

Contact: (800) 809-8202
Lilly Award Secretariat
c/o Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Scholarship
734 N. LaSalle St. #1167
Chicago, IL 60610
Fax: 312-664-5454
www.reintegration.com