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NAMI National is Hands on in the Launch of the national 988 mental health crisis line coming in July 2022. Click the following link to learn more.

988 NAMI Press Release

NAMI Poll Finds Public Unaware of 988 Before July Launch but Supportive of Policies to Improve Crisis Response

988 NAMI Poll Press Release



988 Highlights (Update July 1, 2022)

  1. Callers will be directed to a local 988 call center based on a caller's area code where trained professionals are waiting to listen and assist.

  2. Trained 988 counselors are located at 13 PA crisis call centers.

  3. If a local call center does not answer the call within 60 seconds, the call will be routed to one of Pennsylvania's three regional 988 call centers.

  4. If a regional call center is unavailable, the call will be routed to the national backup network able to assess the crisis and connect to local assistance.

988 Resources




Changes in HealthChoices Physical Health Plans


Important news for your members - changes to HealthChoices PHYSICAL health plans are due to take effect on September 1. Mailings from PA Enrollment Services are underway. Physical plans cover medications, including those for mental illness. It's important for consumers to actively choose a plan to avoid being auto-assigned a plan that may not include their current providers in its

network. The PA Department of Human Services has released a toolkit to help people with the changes. More information can also be found on the PA DHS Plan Selection webpage.

NAMI Launches NAMI Homefront Mental Health Resources, Benefiting Military And Veteran Communities

We are excited to announce the launch of NAMI Homefront Mental Health Resources for Military Service Members, Veterans and Their Families, a free online suite of resources designed to increase understanding, communication, wellness and advocacy skills.

When NAMI Homefront was launched in 2014, the program was intended to address the unique needs of families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans experiencing PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other mental health conditions. But the classes remained closed to service members and veterans themselves. Year after year, NAMI was continually asked to offer resources or programming tailored to these communities as well.

With this new resource center, we have expanded the reach of NAMI Homefront to caregivers, family members and military service members and veterans. Users can access the information and support 24/7, both in the U.S. and when stationed overseas.

Accessible through computers or mobile devices, the resource center includes information about:

  • Mental health conditions

  • Treatment options

  • Approaches to increase overall wellness

  • Tips for self-care and managing stress

  • Communication strategies

  • Transitioning from military to civilian life

  • Links to helpful organizations and crisis services

  • And more!

We’re honored to be able to offer these resources to our military and veteran communities, especially as we recognize Veterans Day Thursday, Nov. 11, and pay respect to all those who have served.

If you or someone you know could benefit from these resources, we encourage you to sign up today at


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NAMI Blair County - Joy In The City Interview 9/24/2021


NAMI and Overflow Foundation Suicide Awareness


Family Support Group is a support group for family members, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions.

This group meets every other Thursday at 6:00 pm


We meet at The Hope Drop-In Center

located at 711 9th Ave. Altoona, PA 16602

Call (814) 327-7083 or email office.blairnami@gmail.com for more information.

NAMI CONNECTION is structured group support for anyone who is working towards a positive level of mental health recovery in their life.

This group meets every other Thursday at 6:00 pm


The Hope Drop-In Center

711 9th Ave.

Altoona, PA 16602

For Questions about support groups Call (814) 327-7083 or email office.blairnami@gmail.com.

LOCAL DROP IN CENTERS:


The Hope Drop-In Center

711 9th Ave.

Altoona, PA 16602

Meets Mondays 12:00-4:00