(c) 2018 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Nassau County , FL Chapter
Last updated: 04/05/2017
Jim & Irma Malone and Asa & Ann Courson, advocates for the rights of individuals with a mental health diagnosis, joined together in 1987 to begin what is now known as NAMI Nassau County, to provide a support system for individuals with a diagnosis and to their family members as well.
Hattie Morris, joined shortly thereafter, becoming the President of the affiliate. Morris cared for a son that had a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Hattie Morris and her son Doug Morris have both passed away; but their legacy continues with the annual Hattie and Doug Morris Golf Tournament Fundraiser that generates much needed funds for the Nassau County affiliate.
Jo Heller later became president and advocated for a transition-respite home in Nassau County. This is now known at the Jo Heller transition home and is located at 941510 Old Nassauville Road Fernandina Beach, Florida. The transition home is an alternative to being Baker Acted. Adults with a mental health diagnosis are able to stay free of charge at this facility for up to seven days. For more information call the transition home directly at (904) 206-4120. Jo Heller also advocated for self directed care with the help of state senator Aaron Bean. The self directed care program provides a life coach and funding to individuals with a mental health diagnosis to allow them to pursue educational, medical and social goals.
NAMI Nassau now has over 100 members and continues to offer free support groups for individuals with a diagnosis and also to family members/loved ones of an individual with a diagnosis. Our affiliate also pairs up with local behavioral health providers to offer scholarships for individuals that are not able to afford emergency psychiatric related services.