NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

What You’ll Gain

Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental illness. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

Sign Up For This Free Class

Wednesday evenings, April 19th – May 24th at the VA Portland Health Care System

Call the NAMI Multnomah HelpLine 503-228-5692



As debate continues in Congress and the White House about the future of health care coverage,
we need to take action.
From Capitol Hill to every state, NAMI needs to be on the frontlines as a nonpartisan organization
standing up for America’s mental health care. 

What is NAMI’s stance?

  • NAMI supports policies that help people with mental health conditions and their families access quality care and coverage. The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, contains many provisions that protect and improve insurance coverage.
  • The ACA also allows states to expand Medicaid eligibility, known as Medicaid expansion. In states that have expanded eligibility, thousands of people with mental health conditions, including some of those most severely affected by mental illness, now have coverage and access to life-saving mental health services and supports.


What is at risk?

Congress is debating repeal and replacement of the ACA and changes to the traditional Medicaid program, putting mental health coverage and patient protections at risk.

  • NAMI supports retaining Medicaid expansion and safeguards that require health insurance plans to provide mental health and substance use benefits and at parity, or the same level as for other health conditions.
  • NAMI opposes changing federal funding of Medicaid to a block-grant or “per-capita cap” structure, both of which would significantly decrease Medicaid funding to states over time and jeopardize Medicaid services and supports for children and adults severely affected by mental health conditions.


How can you help?

  1. Contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives.
  • Send your members of Congress NAMI’s “What’s at Stake” fact sheet and ask for their support in preserving mental health coverage and insurance safeguards.
  • In addition, ask for an in-district meeting or attend a Town Hall meeting. In-district and Town Hall meetings are an important and impactful way of making your appeal more personal.

–  Use NAMI’s “What’s at Stake” fact sheet for talking points. If you like, add a brief story to illustrate one of the points. What is at Stake for MH Care

–   You can find your U.S. Representatives here and your U.S. Senators here.

Note: If you are an Affiliate leader or Council member, please coordinate any Congressional meetings with your NAMI State Organization executive director.


  1. Write your Governor (if you’re in a Medicaid Expansion state—AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, HI, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, WV)
  • Personalize the Dear Governor letter supporting Medicaid Expansion and send with NAMI’s “What’s at Stake” fact sheet.

Due to flooding, NAMI Multnomah’s Administrative Offices are closed until further notice.

You may reach us through the HelpLine at 503-228-5692. Administrative staff are working remotely.        

Please note that the Family Support Group has been temporarily re-located:
  • Mondays 6:00 – 7:30PM 
  • June 13th – December 19th, 2016
  • TaborSpace Dining Room – 5441 SE Belmont


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Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy. We are one of more than 1,100 local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness — focused directly on helping people in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Upcoming Classes

All classes offered by NAMI Multnomah are offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Please call our help line at 503-228-5692 to register. You can now also  register online.

Peer to Peer Recovery Education  Class – an experiential learning program for adults living with serious mental illness
Saturday mornings in NE Portland for 10 weeks| 10:00am – 12:00pm
January 14th  – March 18th, 2017

Family to Family – For family members and loved ones of adults living with mental illness

Winter 2017

Saturday mornings in NE Portland for 12 weeks| 9:30am – 12:00pm
January 14th – April 1st, 2017
Tuesday evenings in SE Portland for 12 weeks| 6:00pm – 8:30pm
January 17th – April 4th, 2017
Wednesday evenings in NW Portland for 12 weeks| 6:00pm – 8:30pm
January 18th – April 5th, 2017
Monday evenings in Gresham for 12 weeks| 6:00pm – 8:30pm
January 23rd – April 10th, 2017
NAMI Basics for parents and caregivers of Children & Adolescents is offered 3 times per year.
Winter 2017 Dates TBD


Spring 2017
Tuesday evenings at the VA for 6 weeks | 6:30pm-9:00pm
April 26 – May 31
Registration is closed.
Online registration for the January 30th – February 3rd, 2017 training will open on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2017.

Mental Health Movie Night: Kubo and the Two Strings
Wednesday, November 16th 6pm at 
The Academy Theater 

Presented in partnership with:

Portland Community College


Flying Pie Pizzeria

Combat mental health stigma while enjoying a family-friendly movie!

Concessions benefit NAMI Multnomah.


The Academy Theater

November 16th at 6pm

7818 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97215

RSVP by calling 503-228-5692


 Thanks to our Story tellers, Playback Actors and Sponsor’s for Last Night’s Performance!

We will be posting the film of the performance in a couple of weeks.

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Join NAMI Multnomah, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Playback Theater Portland for a the 2nd annual evening of interactive community theater. This improvisational night will help break stigma surrounding mental health.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Curious Comedy Theater 5225 NE MLK Blvd

I Have A Mental Health

Let’s normalize the notion that we all have a mental health!

Taking care of our mental health and addressing issues at the earliest signs or symptoms ought to be no more challenging than addressing a physical health concern.

People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives

Abraham Lincoln ~ Catherine Zeta Jones ~ John Nash ~ Ernest Hemingway

Lionel Aldridge ~ Carrie Fisher ~ Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Patty Duke

Harrison Ford ~ Kurt Cobain ~ Vincent Van Gogh ~ Winston Churchill ~

Michelangelo ~ Charles Dickens ~ Brandon Marshall ~ Macy Gray ~ Patrick J. Kennedy

Contact Us

NAMI Multnomah
524 NE 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97213
Fax: 503.235.8959
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Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm