The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Kankakee County is a non-profit, self-help organization.  We welcome all who have felt alone because of serious mental illness within the family.  We hope you will join us in the rapidly growing network of people who are dedicated to the welfare of persons with mental illness and their families.   

Our Mission is: 

  • to improve the quality of life for persons with mental illness; 

  • to provide support to families; 

  • to advocate for better services for persons with mental illness in the fields of housing, employment, medication and government; 

  • to promote and support research and any other worthwhile purposes.  

  • to develop an enlightened and more sympathetic public understanding of the problems of persons with mental illness and of the public responsibilities.  

We Provide:

  • Education: Providing training and educational materials for families and professionals and promoting programs to enhance the public's understanding of mental illness.

    • Educational meetings are at 6pm on the last Tuesday of every month (accept July, August & December). The meetings are held in the conference room at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.  

  • Advocacy: Bringing the needs of the mentally ill and their families to the attention of legislators, service providers, medical staff, and the general public.   Protecting the rights of persons with mental illness.  Pressing for added community support services.

  • Support: Focusing on family-to-family support and interaction through support group meetings.

  • Consumer Support:  NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

    • NAMI Connection group meets every Monday at 5:30pm in room A at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. 


IPS Supported Employment  Recovery Through Work...The Johnson & Johnson-Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program and the Illinois Family Involvement initiative support Illinois' Individual Placement and Support project as part of a multi-state family led effort.

Grading the States  A Report on America's Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness

NAMI Illinois Conference  Save the Dates:  October 18-20, 2013

PIAT Conferences  Piecing It All Together...How Children’s Mental Health & Mental Illness Affect Home, School, and Community



NAMI Kankakee County

815-348-4411 (Verla) or 815-348-4401 (Brenda)

NAMI Illinois 800-346-4572