Welcome to NAMI Solano County

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, volunteer, grassroots organization. Our purpose is to:

  • Support families of individuals with mental illnesses.
  • Educate families and the public about mental illness.
  • Advocate for improved treatment and treatment facilities.
  • Fight stigma and discrimination.
  • Support legislation that helps those with neurobiological brain disorders.
  • Improve private and public sector policies.
  • Provide more housing with support services.
  • Increase outreach to people with mental illnesses and their families.

Our affiliate, NAMI Solano County, began when a group of families met to find ways to improve the lives of their loved ones with mental illness. Since that time our membership and influence have continued to grow.

Recent News & Events


NAMI Solano County invites you to join us for our February 27th, 2017 GENERAL MEETING. Our Guest Speaker will be Kathie Kimsey, Ed.D., speaking on Aldea’s “SOAR” program. Please bring a friend and join us – Refreshments will be served!!

See the flyer here!

NAMI Solano County General Meeting
Monday, February 27th, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
470 Chadbourne Rd., 1st floor
(ALDEA Children and Family Services Building)
Fairfield, CA 94533

For more information, contact: NAMI Solano County at
or call us at (707) 422-7792.

NEW Family-to-Family class starting in Rio Vista!

[Update] — Our next English Family-to-Family class will be starting in Rio Vista on Tuesdays, beginning April 4 through June 20, 2017, from 6:00-8:30 pm. Family to Family is a free, 12-session educational class for family members of those living with mental illness. If you are interested in taking the Family to Family class, registration is required — please call 707-422-7792, or email us at info@namisolanocounty.org. Once you are registered, you will be given the exact location of the class in Rio Vista.
We also hope to offer another Spanish class in the spring of 2017.
Para espanol, favor de llamarse al 707-255-1624 or 707-514-5783.
For more information, you can download the flyer here.

NAMI Holiday Project Fills Gift Bags and Warms Hearts


Our annual Holiday Gift Bag project on Saturday, December 3, 2016 was a big success! Over 20 hard working “elves” showed up to fill almost 400 bags with hygiene products and gift items for adults living with mental illness throughout Solano County, filling all the bags in record time! This year’s project began in July when companies, individuals, and community groups were encouraged to participate by providing donations of funding, items, and supplies. It has been especially encouraging to receive such warm responses from people and organizations who knew very little about NAMI prior to getting involved with this project. Project coordinator Susan Douglass stated, “Simply asking others to help with the gathering of items has opened doors to talking about mental illness. It has been amazing how this simple request has sparked conversations of common understanding.” To see a list of those who donated financially or with items and supplies, please go to our “Donors and Sponsors” page.

Once the holiday bags were packed, agencies Caminar, Crestwood, and Circle of Friends transported the bags to their locations for distribution. Susie Franks from Circle of Friends expressed that she loved being able to distribute the bags, as they were well received and greatly enjoyed by the clients.

To learn more about our Holiday Gift Bag program or to volunteer in other ways for NAMI Solano County, please contact Susan Douglass at sdouglass416@gmail.com.

BREAKING NEWS from NAMI National — Congress to Vote on Mental Health Reform This Week!

Here’s your chance to advocate for Mental Health Reform!

The mental health reform legislation NAMI has worked hard on has been added to a bill—the 21st Century Cures Act—that Congress will vote on as early as this week.

To increase our excitement, language supporting CIT, mental health courts and other provisions to reduce the involvement of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system have also been added.

  • Mental health provisions from H.R. 2646 in the final reform package can be found here.
  • The full text of the bill can be found here.

Let’s take mental health reform all the way home.

Congress is expected to vote on Mental Health Reform as part of the 21st Century Cures Act this week.

It’s time to finish strong.

Urge your member of Congress and Senators to pass mental health reform now.

Email your members of Congress now.

Make sure your representatives vote YES. Time is running out for mental health reform in 2016, and your voice can make a difference. Email using this link: http://cqrcengage.com/nami/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=263393

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a class very similar to Family to Family, but is geared towards parents/cargivers of school-age children, and only lasts for 6 weeks. Our second NAMI Basics class in Napa just graduated, with 6 happy graduates. A special thanks to our teachers, Juanita Pena and Dorothy Leachman for facilitating this class, and to the Crosswalk Community Church in Napa, for allowing us the use of their facility. The class was open to Solano County residents, and participants have expressed that they were very grateful to have been included in class.

Support Group Information

The NAMI Family Support Group in Napa is for family members, friends and advocates of people living with mental illness. This is an ongoing, drop-in group focusing on skill building and support through sharing experiences, resources and comfort. For further details, please see this flyer.

When: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente, 2nd Floor, Pediatrics Building 3285 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558

In addition to the monthly Napa NAMI Family Support group, Solano County also offers weekly support groups in Fairfield, Vallejo and Vacaville.  You are encouraged to attend those meetings if you are in need of support. Please see attached flyer here for details about dates, times and places, or call Karen Smith, Solano County Family Liaison at 707-553-5343.

Please note that there has been a time change for the Vallejo family support group — they still meet on Thursdays, but now meet from 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm.   Please also note that the Wellness Recovery Peer Support Groups also meet concurrently at the same place and times as the Family Support Groups.  See flyer for Peer Support Groups here. For information concerning any of the Peer Support Groups, please contact Rachel Ford, Consumer Affairs Liaison at (707) 553-5735.


NAMI Solano County is pleased to announce a new Connection Support Group for people living with mental illness. Find hope, find help and sharing in a safe comfortable atmosphere with others who understand you. Classes meet twice monthly in Fairfield at Circle of Friends, and once a month in Vallejo at Crestwood-Our House. Please see flyer here for exact addresses, dates and times. For more information, please call 707-422-7792, or email us at info@namisolanocounty.org.

NAMI Solano County Officers & Committee

  • Dorothy Laney, President
  • Vice President -- Open
  • Secretary -- Open
  • Myra Binstock, Treasurer/Membership Chair
  • Yolanda Garcia-Martinez, Member-at-Large/Fundraising & NAMIWalksChair
  • Jeannette Goyetche, Member-at-Large
  • Leslie Molera, Member-at-Large/Advocacy Chair
  • Dorothy Leachman, Member-at-Large/Faith Net