About NAMI Broward County
Welcome to NAMI Broward County
Founded in 1984, NAMI Broward County is dedicated to the eradication of the stigma associated with mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for all individuals affected by these diseases. NAMI Broward County provides free support groups, education classes and seminars, legislative advocacy, and information for people in our community living with mental illness as well as their loved ones. Programs include Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, Basics, Provider Education, and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement personnel.
NAMI Broward County is affiliated with NAMI Florida, Inc., an organization that includes more than 30 local affiliates and 2,000 members across the State. At NAMI Broward County we serve all of the county including: Fort Lauderdale; Hollywood; Pompano Beach; Pembroke Pines; Sunrise; Davie; Plantation; Weston; Margate; Lauderdale Lakes; Lauderhill; and Coral Springs. Along with serving Broward County we also reach out into Miami Dade County and Palm Beach County.
What You Should Know About Our State… Get Active Now!!
■ Florida ranks 50th in the nation in per capita mental health funding, at $39 per resident, way behind the national average of $129 per capita. Adjusted for inflation, Florida now spends less per person on mental health than it did in the 1950s.
■ The Florida Department of Children and Families estimates the state’s mental health programs meet just 34 percent of adult needs and 27 percent of children’s needs. Last year, the Legislature slashed mental health funding, through a combination of budget cuts and contract management changes, by $24 million.
■ Half of all mental health dollars in our state are spent on institutional care, meaning that too many people who have relatively manageable mental illness cannot be served because those with the worst conditions are consuming most of the money.
■ Florida’s sheriffs and police chiefs say that each year 125,000 people needing mental health treatment are arrested and booked into our jails, and a recent study by the groups found that 31 percent of women and 14 percent of men entering our jails have “major mental illness.”