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Is NAMI a provider for mental health care?

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is not a provider and does not have professionals. It is a group of individuals who live with mental illness and family members who have adult loved ones with mental illness. NAMI provides free education courses and free support groups for family members and individuals living with mental illness.

Click here for NAMI’s facts and figures on mental illness and its impact on America.


What are some ways to get mental health help?

NAMI has a small State office here in Reno that takes phone calls from family members looking for help for their loved ones who may be showing signs of mental illness or who have already been diagnosed. The following outlines some of their options.

First, if the individual has private insurance, look at their provider listing and call psychiatrists or psychologists to schedule an appointment.

If they don’t have private insurance, but are on Nevada Medicaid, the person may have been assigned to a Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO), if they live in Clark or Washoe counties. If the healthcare is provided by a MCO, the individual should call the MCO and make an appointment. Nevada currently has three MCOs:

  • Health Plan of Nevada, 1-800-962-8074 whose behavioral healthcare is provided by Human Behavior Institute
  • Amerigroup, 1-800-600-4441
    whose behavioral healthcare is provided by Well Care
  • Silver Summit Healthplan 1-844-366-2880

If the individual does not have insurance, the State behavioral healthcare system is Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS), 480 Galletti Way, Sparks, or Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Care Services (SNAMHS), 6161 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. They will do an Assessment and Referral in Building 5 on the NNAMHS campus, and Building 1 on the SNAMHS campus, five days per week between 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.  NNAMHS – 775-688-2001; SNAMHS – 702-486-6000


How can a loved one be motivated to seek help if they don’t think there is anything wrong with them?

Often, the individual does not want to go to a psychiatrist or psychologist, because there is nothing wrong with them. In those cases, the family member can try to get their loved one to go to a primary care doctor to get a physical. If the family member can get some information to the primary care doctor on symptoms they have observed, it would be helpful for the doctor. There is no stigma associated with going for a check-up, and other causes for a change in behavior should be ruled out.