NAMI Family-to-Family Class Now An Evidence-Based Practice


June 4, 2013 – Family-to-Family, a class offered by The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon (NAMI Oregon), has been added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

NREPP is a searchable online database intended to help people learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which may best meet their needs. It is a voluntary, self-nominating system in which program developers elect to participate.

Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family members of individuals living with severe mental illness. This class discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to care for themselves as well as their loved ones, and is offered through local NAMI affiliates throughout the state of Oregon.

“NAMI’s Family-to-Family class has been described as ‘life-changing’ and ‘life-saving,’ and it is validating that it is now an evidence-based practice,” said Chris Bouneff, executive director of NAMI Oregon.

Approximately 500 Oregonians take the Family-to-Family class each year. NAMI offers other signature education classes and support groups free of charge for individuals living with mental illness, as well as their family members and other loved ones, year-round.

About NAMI Oregon
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon (NAMI Oregon) is a statewide grassroots organization with approximately 2,000 members in 15 affiliates; it is one of 50 state organizations that comprise the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI's  mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illnesses and their families through educationsupport, and advocacy. Our statewide toll-free Helpline (800-343-6264) is answered by trained volunteers and staff who provide information and referrals to mental health resources. NAMI Oregon is the state’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to education, support and advocacy around mental illness and treatment.


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