NAMI Tennessee
1101 Kermit Drive
#605
Nashville TN 37217-2126
NAMI Tennessee
Mission Statement
NAMI Tennessee is a grassroots, self-help organization dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with mental illness, their families and communities through support, education and advocacy.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. K. Jeff Fladen MSW
Board Chair Mrs. Leslie El Sayad
Board Chair Company Affiliation Education
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Former Names
AMI Tennessee,
TAMI, TN Alliance on Mental Illness
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $600,058.00
Projected Annual Revenue $600,058.00 (2018)
Statements
Mission NAMI Tennessee is a grassroots, self-help organization dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with mental illness, their families and communities through support, education and advocacy.
Background NAMI Tennessee was founded in 1986 with local affiliates in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. From 1990 to 1992 a federally funded rural outreach project resulted in establishment of 25 local affiliates. NAMI continues to have a stronger rural presence than any other mental health advocacy group in Tennessee.NAMI educates those affected by mental illness with courses on mental illness, treatment and coping skills. In 1993 NAMI volunteers began teaching the "Journey of Hope," for families of adults with mental illness across the state. In 1995 NAMI partnered with the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association to develop the nationally recognized BRIDGES program, a peer-led course and support group method for individuals with mental illness. In 2000, the "Visions for Tomorrow" program was initiated for families of children with psychiatric disorders. In 2005 we began a multi-year initiative to serve more families of color through our education and support programs. In 1992, NAMI participated actively in development of the Tennessee Master Plan for Mental Health Services that restructured the public mental health system. In 1998 NAMI was instrumental in passage of insurance parity legislation. In 1995, NAMI spearheaded a project to get out the vote of our constituents with the "Vote, I Count" program. In 2000, NAMI volunteers brought the family perspective to revision of Title 33, the Tennessee Mental Health Code. NAMI members continue to advocate for improved services to TennCare enrollees with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. Tennessee joined the NAMI National Campaign for the Mind of America in 2005, advocating for legislative protection of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) resulting in a $53 million allocation of Tennessee state dollars specifically for SPMI individuals disenrolled from TennCare. NAMI educates the public with the goal of erasing the stigma of mental illness. In 1997 local affiliates across the state initiated annual observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week with media coverage and public information events. In 2005 NAMI volunteers began presenting the "Breaking the Silence" curriculum to school children. NAMI press releases on mental health issues appear regularly in media across the state. In 2006, In Our Own Voice, a consumer-led speakers forum was launched, educating the public about mental illness and reducing stigma in each audience where it was presented.
Impact

Last year, donations to NAMI Tennessee provided help and hope to families. NAMI Tennessee was able to

·      Educated Law Enforcement and Correctional personnel about the NAMI CODE movie which provides training on mental illness to Correction Officers..

.      Sponsor 40 monthly support groups with over 4000 participants throughout Tennessee. 

·       New Program, NAMI Homefront which serves families of mentally ill veterans

·       Provide legislative advocacy through Day on the Hill and visits with the legislators focusing upon mental health services.

·       Give persons with mental illness and their families understanding of the illnesses they face through ourWith Hope in Mind,NAMI BasicsandBRIDGESeducation programs reaching over 200 families. 
 

More than anything NAMI Tennessee brings hope to people who may feel they have none. NAMI lets people know recovery is possible.

GOALS:

  • Complete 6 sessions of our new NAMI Homefront program for veteran's and families
  • Complete revisions and promote utilization of the BRIDGES Peer to Peer Mental health program in partnership with TMHCA.
  • Expand BASICS parent education program in Partnership with Tennessee Department of Human Services.
  • Enhance board fundraising capability
  • Diversity funding by seeking grants from foundations. 
Needs
$70,000: Help us provide free education and support groups to our loved ones with mental illness throughout Tennessee. We have two very successful programs, BRIDGES & IOOV. We hope to expand.
  1. B.R.I.D.G.E.S. provides not only peer support but also a free class on mental illness for our loved ones who have been diagnosed. This 6 to 10 week course for peers helps people rebuild their dreams and hopes for recovery from what is often a distressing diagnosis.
  2. In Our Voice (IOOV) helps our loved ones who live with mental illness tell their story. After completing IOOV, an individual has a completed presentation to inform local community groups about the effects of mental illness and way to help themselves heal from crisis.
$60,000: Increase our fundraising capacity and expand programs and services to family members of persons with mental illness.
 
$50,000: Increase our ability to provide technical assistance to our grassroots volunteers and local advocates in 20 affiliates across the state. 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You know we can't wait to meet you!
DONATE
You can mail a memorial donation or make a donation on our website.
BECOME A MEMBER
You can become a member of NAMI at www.nami.org.
VOLUNTEER
If you wish to volunteer in our state office in the Nashville area, please contact Brenda Stacy-Scott at 615-361-6608 x317. We are currently in need of volunteers to help us answer our helpline (training provided).
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Alliances & Advocacy
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN
NAMI Tennessee serves the state of Tennessee through 20 local affiliates across the state. The state office provides technical support:
*SUPPORT: website listing support group meetings, affiliate activities and resources; a toll-free helpline
*EDUCATION: class materials, teacher training and class coordination activities
*ADVOCACY: Policy Committee collects & publishes information on local issues of interest, state office coordinates outreach efforts for special interests like veterans
Board Chair Statement  

WHY NAMI TENNESSEE HELPED SAVE OUR FAMILY

Trying to care for someone with mental illness is frustrating, anxiety producing, angering, and causes ever escalating scenes, threats, rejection, and alienation within the family. Taking classes taught by other family members made all the difference in the recovery of our family and our son from the trauma of mental illness.

 Finally after losses of education, friends, jobs, family ties because of the irrational behavior, I had to come to the realization that our son had some form of mental illness. I even had a name for it but didn’t know how to get him to seek help

 

We then went through 6 years of intermittent homelessness, some jail time, psychotic episodes that were frightening. 

Preventing incarceration and homelessness became our sole purpose in life. 

Other family caregivers of persons with mental illness would and that’s where NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) comes into the scene. As I learned at support group, other families were facing the same dilemmas as we were. Sharing the weirdness of trying to help a person with mental illness and/or addictions is very cathartic. 

Now we have the opportunity and small amounts of funding to do Early Intervention and catch people in their First Episode Psychosis. However, these efforts aren’t going to work unless you have your ear to ground so to speak. Families must have a voice in bringing early symptoms to the attention of professionals. Family caregivers need to be trained to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and where to go for resources.  None should have to be committed in order to receive treatment early. Listening and paying attention to the early warnings Family caregivers who take the With Hope in Mind and BASICS Peer to Peer courses from NAMI TN volunteer family members have consistently shown to have better outcomes for their ill loved ones.

NAMI TN is constantly fighting the battle to get parity and more services available to all levels of reimbursement.    Last year through NAMI Tennessee grassroots and collaboration with other behavioral health group’s advocacy we saved the jobs of 100s of Case Managers. For years we have kept the doors open on Peer Support Centers. Every year they try to cut services and/or compensation for the programs and every year hundreds of NAMI advocates work to preserve services.

With the funding from groups like Giving Matters, NAMI is able to support the education and advocacy efforts of our grassroots affiliates. NAMI TN classes will continue to empower parents and improve outcomes for the ill person while having an impact on the mental health system in general. Without NAMI TN classes, I doubt out family would be as whole as it is today. That is an outcome to be desired by any society, whole families.

CEO Statement NAMI volunteers from Memphis to Mountain City contribute thousands of hours annually to make our mission a reality. Our members give back the support they have received by passionately supporting and educating families affected by mental illness, advocating for improved treatment and public services, improving public awareness and support for Tennesseans living with mental illness, and promoting research into causes and effective treatment of psychiatric disorders. The structure of local, state and national affiliates facilitates communication between grassroots citizens and decision-makers at local, state and federal levels.
Programs
Description NAMI TN provides a state-wide, toll free service that provides information, referral and supportive counseling at (800) 467-3589. Each year, volunteers and staff responded to approximately thousands of  requests for assistance providing information about support groups, education, housing options, transportation and navigating the healthcare system, etc.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Peer Counseling
Population Served At-Risk Populations, People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities, Homeless
Description NAMI Tennessee provides free peer-led 8-week courses across the state to families of persons with mental illness. All courses are facilitated by trained volunteers who are supervised for program fidelity. Courses educate families on the specifics of mental illness, brain chemistry, symptoms, treatment options and coping skills. Currently, 91% of participants report they are better able to help their loved ones following completion of the classes. 80% report relationships improvement while particpating in the class. Classes are free for participants.
Budget 65309
Category
Population Served , ,
Description

At the local affiliate level, NAMI Tennessee facilitates support groups for families and their loved ones who are affected by mental illness. In FY2011/2012, local affiliates conducted 46 monthly support groups providing hope and help to over 7000 individual participants. Classes are free for participants.

Budget 47500
Category
Population Served , ,
Description In Our Own Voice is a peer-led program that trains persons with mental illness to tell their stories of dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills and successes, hopes and dreams in an effort to show the face of recovery is possible. It is an excellent program for any audience, any venue. It provides education and reduces the stigma that surrounds mental illness. It also gives speaker training to the presenters, giving them a voice they may have never had. Classes are free for participants.
Category
Population Served , Adults,
Description NAMI Basics is a class for parents and direct caregivers of children and adolescents with ADD/ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and OCD.  This 6 week class is structured to help parents and direct caregivers understand and support these young ones while maintaining their own well being. Classes are free for participants.
Budget $23,750.
Category
Population Served Adults, ,
Program Success Monitored By Participants are given pre and post tests to determine level of increase of education.
Description A free peer Education Program specifically for loved ones of military Service Members and Veterans who experience symptoms of a mental health condition. Individuals who participate will learn from others who have been where you are. They will be guided through how to better understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own and family's well-being.
Budget 11000
Category
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments

LIFE SAVED  /  COMMUNITY BENEFITS

  If it would be just one life that NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness – had saved – literally saved – that alone would mean it had achieved part of its mission of support, education and advocacy of positively impacting mental illness. But it is many more lives than just one that is saved that gives NAMI its significance in Tennessee. It may come as a support program by a staff member offered to a group of individuals with a mental illness. That support gives them hope and a perspective that their life counts for something and they can get better and give back to society. 
   NAMI’s major challenges are reaching more of these people in our communities and having enough staff to respond to the needs to help. The community support NAMI receives sustains the organization and those staff members to be ready to respond. And Your Gift Helps Make The Difference.

 

  NAMI is called upon with its HELP LINE to listen to calls from individuals threatening suicide or just needing important mental health information. NAMI

goes further by finding assistance and referrals to help. Callers are not left feeling alone. And NAMI gives the caregivers and parents of those with a mental illness - information, education and hope that their loved ones can recover.

 

  This education is how my wife and I found hope for our daughter, a physician, who had attempted serious suicide because of her mental illness and we found education and hope for ourselves. Through the help of many organizations and people like NAMI she is a practicing psychiatrist today helping hundreds of people . I am committed to helping others with a mental illness and giving their families and caregivers hope. From a NAMI leader.

 

  The challenge is to reach other families across the entire state of Tennessee through our staff or one of the 30 local affiliates in the state. Our staff cannot do it alone so we work with volunteers and families who have been helped by education and support. 

 

  While we receive generous funding from the State of Tennessee the need is much greater to help those with a mental illness. Please help us.Thank you.

 


President

Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Leslie El Sayad
Company Affiliation Education
Term July 2014 to Sept 2017
Email leslie.elsayad@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms Katie Adkisson At Large MemberVoting
Mr Bob Benning Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Terry Bridges Voting
Ms. Jan Cagle Voting
Mrs. Leslie El-Sayad Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Sherry Falkner Regional Rep East TNVoting
Mr Clark Flatt Community VolunteerVoting
Ms Ann Taylor Holley TreasurerVoting
Mrs. Alexis Hunnicutt Reg Rep/ MidVoting
Mr. T. Henry Jablonski, Jr. Community Volunteer/RetiredVoting
Ms Amber McDonald Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Crystal Nance Regional Rep West TNVoting
Ms. Sylvia Phillips Voting
Ms Niki Shaheen Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Steve Ward Voting
Ms. Dianne P. Young Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Legislative
Nominating
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments

LIFE SAVED  /  COMMUNITY BENEFITS

  If it would be just one life that NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness – had saved – literally saved – that alone would mean it had achieved part of its mission of support, education and advocacy of positively impacting mental illness. But it is many more lives than just one that is saved that gives NAMI its significance in Tennessee. It may come as a support program by a staff member offered to a group of individuals with a mental illness. That support gives them hope and a perspective that their life counts for something and they can get better and give back to society. 

   NAMI’s major challenges are reaching more people in our communities and having enough staff to respond to the needs to help. The community support NAMI receives sustains the organization and those staff members ready to respond. And Your Gift Helps Make The Difference.

  NAMI Tennessee is called upon with its HELP LINE to listen to calls from individuals threatening suicide or just needing important mental health information. NAMI Tennessee goes further by finding assistance and referrals to help. Callers are not left feeling alone. And NAMI gives the caregivers and parents of those with a mental illness - information, education and hope that their loved ones can recover.

   This education is how my wife and I found hope for our daughter, a physician, who had attempted serious suicide because of her mental illness and we found education and hope for ourselves. Through the help of many organizations and people like NAMI she is a practicing psychiatrist today helping hundreds of people . I am committed to helping others with a mental illness and giving their families and caregivers hope.

   The challenge is to reach other families across the entire state of Tennessee through our staff or one of the 36 local affiliates in the state. Our staff cannot do it alone, so we need volunteers and families who have been helped by education and support. 

   Our grant from the State of Tennessee is not sufficient to meet the needs for staff and programs to help those with a mental illness. We need your help too. Those with a mental illness in Tennessee need your help. Thank you.

Richard Baxter

President

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. K. Jeff Fladen MSW
Term Start June 2013
Email jfladen@namitn.org
Experience
K. Jeff Fladen, Executive Director of NAMI Tennessee

NAMI Tennessee is pleased to announce the appointment of K. Jeff Fladen, MSW to the position of Executive Director, effective June 1, 2013. Mr. Fladen was previously the executive director of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire. Prior to that he was executive director of Jewish Family Service in Nashville expanding the client base and profile of the agency. Mr. Fladen has over 25 years experience in social services including the mental health field where he has been a EAP Coordinator, Managed Care Coordinator, a counselor and a manger of a hospital-based outpatient clinic providing mental health and chemical dependency programs for adults and adolescents. He holds a Masters in Social Work and a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Sita Diehl May 2004 - Dec 2010
Ms Joyce Judge Oct 1985 - June 2004
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 200
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 4
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Feb 2016
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization1986
Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare (TCSW)1999
Community Shares1997
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Advocacy AwardNAMI National1990
Outstanding Public Education AwardNAMI National1991
Frank Clement AwardTAMHO1991
Frank Clement AwardTAMHO1993
Outstanding Multi-Cultural OutreachNAMI National2006
Senior Staff
Title
Experience/Biography
CEO Comments A strategic plan is developed every two years and is reviewed and ratified by the Board of Directors and the membership. NAMI Tennessee has a constituent board primarily composed of individuals living with mental illness, whether family members or consumers. Board members are nominated by local affiliates and are elected based on geographic region. NAMI actively seeks to represent the diversity of our membership in terms of family/consumer status, and demographic characteristics.
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $600,058.00
Projected Expenses $600,058.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$380,843$360,376$454,052
Federal$0$0$0
State$380,843$360,342$454,052
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$34$0
Individual Contributions$83,724$50,422$23,817
$0$0$0
$10,427$38,277$39,207
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,012$1,304$872
Membership Dues$3,736$2,746$3,786
Special Events$37,270$13,769$16,156
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$398,876$371,753$411,865
Administration Expense$95,702$89,196$83,102
Fundraising Expense$31,606$25,610$22,740
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.961.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%76%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%6%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$206,119$221,824$241,026
Current Assets$10,041$95,233$204,162
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$2,150
Current Liabilities$77,443$84,976$82,362
Total Net Assets$128,676$136,848$156,514
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.131.122.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountState Government Grants $380,843State Grants $360,342State Grants $454,052
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $83,724Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $50,422Program Services $39,207
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $37,270Program Revenue $38,277Contributions, Gifts & Grants $23,817
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitations 2017
Organization Comments As part of the strategic plan, the process of income diversification has begun. In the past, the State of Tennessee was the primary funding source, but the current fiscal climate makes state dollars less reliable. NAMI is actively engaged in grant seeking and raising funds from our constituency through dues, the annual walk and an annual direct mail appeal.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990.
990 was prepared by AtnipCPA, PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 6/6/17.
Nonprofit NAMI Tennessee
Address 1101 Kermit Drive
#605
Nashville, TN 37217 2126
Primary Phone (615) 361-6608
Contact Email tkking@namitn.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. K. Jeff Fladen MSW
Board Chair Mrs. Leslie El Sayad
Board Chair Company Affiliation Education
Year of Incorporation 1986
Former Names
AMI Tennessee,
TAMI, TN Alliance on Mental Illness

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