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Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to play a larger role in our national movement of family members and mental health consumers working collectively to help individuals who live with mental illness? Do you want to effect real change in the mental health system?  Consider pledging your time and energy toward the following programs and liaison opportunities.

If you are interested, contact the NAMIKansas office to request a volunteer application. Decisions regarding volunteer placement are based on staff assessment of the experience and skills of individual volunteers. Thank you for considering these NAMIKansas volunteer opportunities. We welcome your dedication!

NAMIKansas Volunteer Opportunities

NAMIWalks for the Mind of America NAMIKansas has been selected to participate in this national walk-a-thon that makes strides toward eradicating the stigma of mental illness while raising financial resources for essential NAMIKansas programs. There are lots of volunteer opportunities -- from becoming a team captain who mobilizes others to walk to helping out on the day of the event. Call (800) 539-2660 for more information or e-mail

NAMIKansas Resource Information Line based in the NAMIKansas State Office in Topeka. RIL volunteers provide support, information and referrals to our members, the general public and mental health professionals. Requirements: solid listening skills and an excellent phone manner; record keeping and organizational skills; and a
willingness to participate in training and continuing education. All RIL volunteers are asked to make a once per week commitment for at least four months. Mental health consumer or family member preferred.

2004 NAMIKansas Annual Conference Coordinating Committee is responsible for drafting the conference program, securing items for raffle, silent auction and door prizes, external publicity and internal marketing of the conference, obtaining continuing education credit for conference workshops; coordinating consumer welcome lounge & associated food and drink donations; decorating and signage. The conference will take place on October 22nd at the Olathe Holiday Inn.

2004 NAMIKansas Annual Conference Planning Coordinating Committee has tentatively scheduled its first meeting for Tuesday, January 20th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in Olathe; it is not necessary to attend the meeting in order to help with the conference -- just let us know you are interested.  The chair of this committee is Gwen Faherty. Call (800)
539-2660 for more information or e-mail

NAMIKansas Library Resource Committee is charged with recommending the direction of the NAMIKansas Library. Responsibilities include reviewing current contents for relevance and accuracy, along with surveying affiliate and member needs and expectations of this sort of resource.  Current members of the committee include Barbara Bohm, Carol Ann Kladuson and Gwen Faherty. This group hopes to complete its work by June 2004; it will work via conference call and at the state office. Call (800) 539-2660 for more information or e-mail

NAMIKansas Liaisons

NAMIKansas Liaisons coordinate through the state office as they engage in the legislative and local community mental health arenas on behalf of individuals living with mental illness. Each NAMIKansas Liaison actively participates with relevant coalitions and partners as requested.

If you are interested in knowing more about these opportunities, contact the state office. Each position of responsibility requires  travel 1-2 times per month (local &/or statewide). Term is a minimum of one year.

NAMIKansas Legislative Liaison is requested to provide testimony on a variety of issues, from foster care of children with SED and custody relinquishment, to mental health parity and the necessity of maintaining public psychiatric inpatient resources. Experienced individuals will work with you to hone your message and increase effectiveness.
Volunteers must be available to visit Topeka on an irregular basis, sometimes without much warning. They also make phone calls to legislators on short notice.  

NAMIKansas Evidence-Based Practices Liaison works primarily with one community mental health center (CMHC), its EBP leadership team and other consumers and family members to implement EBPs. Current EBP implementation is centered on supported employment and integrated dual diagnosis; each of these requires family and consumer participation to be most effective and helpful for consumers in the programs. Volunteers sought to work with the 2004 EBP sites: Wyandot Center, Bert Nash CMHC, Franklin County MHC, Guidance Center (Leavenworth), COMCARE of Sedgwick County, Labette Center, CMHC of Crawford County, Valeo BHC, Horizons MHC (Hutchinson) and Four County MHC. 

NAMIKansas Suicide Prevention Liaison is responsible for participating regularly in statewide events and meetings targeting education and discussion of issues relevant to suicide prevention, including the Kansas Suicide Prevention Plan.

NAMIKansas Mental Health & Aging Liaison is responsible for participating regularly in statewide events and meetings targeting education and discussion of issues relevant to the mental health of older adults in Kansas.

NAMIKansas Housing & Homeless Liaison is responsible for participating regularly in statewide events and meetings targeting education and discussion of issues relevant to housing, homelessness and mental illness in Kansas. This is a great project for someone with experience in housing administration &/or real estate.