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


We are EXCITED to have a special presentation from two speakers representing


on Monday, August 22nd. This is a unique presentation in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery.

You will benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, and the presenters will increase their confidence and develop leadership skills while helping to inspire and motivate others.
Please bring a friend and join us!! Please see flyer here for details.

THREE Family-to-Family Classes This Summer! Se ofrece de familia a familia en espanol! [Update]

THREE Family-to-Family Classes This Summer! Se ofrece de familia a familia en espanol!  These are free, 12-session educational classes for family members of those living with mental illness. Our English class in Rio Vista has just begun and is going well; there will be ANOTHER English class in Fairfield starting in August 30th through November 2nd; we will post the exact start dates and flyer for that class soon.  Our FIRST-EVER and long-awaited Vallejo Spanish class began July 11th and will run through Oct. 3rd.  All Family-to-Family classes will run for 12 consecutive weeks.  Registration is required — please call 707-422-7792, or email us at namisolanocounty@sbcglobal.net to register or for more information. Para espanol, favor de llamarse al 707-255-1624 or 707-514-5783.  You can also download the flyers [English] [Espanol]


May was a VERY busy month for NAMI Solano County, as we joined many other participants across the country to bring awareness to mental health concerns. Some of the exciting events we were involved with included:

1. An Open House was held at our office on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4th. Several people stopped by to visit with us; we renewed old friendships and made new friends!


2. Nine Solano County teams braved the rain to participate in the Northern California NAMIWalk on Saturday, May 7th at William Land Park in Sacramento. The wet weather did not dampen the spirits of these hardy walkers as they walked to fight stigma!

3. Several NAMI members participated in two different Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill in Sacramento, meeting legislators and lobbying for more awareness about how some of the bills before our state legislature will affect people in the mental health community.

4. Dr. Steve Seager, Psychiatrist and Film Maker from Napa State Hospital, spoke to a full house in Napa on May 17th, at an event sponsored by Napa Citizens for Mental Health along with NAMI Solano County. All who came were well rewarded by his presentation on “Shattered Families, the Collapse of America’s Mental Health System.”

5. NAMI continued to have a presence in Napa County as we participated in two sessions of CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) for the Napa County CHP, under the direction of Dr. James Jones (who will also be our General Meeting Speaker on June 27th — please come out and join us! See flyer link on sidebar).

6. On Monday, May 23rd, we had a special treat when KUIC came to our office for their daily “Morning Coffee Break” presentation. We were able to record a brief announcement about NAMI and our upcoming events, which was broadcast live on KUIC that morning! (And, all who came to support us were treated to delicious pastries and coffee!)


7. Our BIG event for “May is Mental Health Month” was the screening of the award-winning movie “HOME” on May 26th at the Sullivan Interagency Youth Center. As this was the story of a person of color, living with mental illness and attempting to rebuild his life, we invited special guests to be a part of this event. Minister Monique Tarver, director of Solano County’s new “Mental Health Friendly Communities” project, and Doris Marie Jones from AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha, a professional black women’s sorority), spoke to us about the positive impact their organizations are having on the Afro-American community. Ivette Campos from Children’s Nurturing project, who helped arrange and co-hosted this event, spoke about the services their organization provides to children with mental health concerns. Special awards were presented to Halsey Simmons, Director of Behavioral Health services for Solano County, and to Supervisor Linda Seifert, for their contributions to the Mental Health community in Solano County. Our dignitaries were very gracious and appreciative of their awards, and the movie itself was very well received with a good Q/A discussion period afterwards. Refreshments and resource tables were also available, which made for a very lovely evening!

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Please join us on Monday, June 27th, 2016 for our next General Meeting. Our speaker will be James Jones, Ph.D., retired Chief of Psychology from Napa State Hospital, speaking on “Long Term Psychiatric Hospitalization” and its impact on individuals and families. Please bring a friend and join us for this very informative discussion! Refreshments will be served. You can download the flyer here.

The NAMI Walk is on!

On May 7, 2016, the 5K Northern California NAMI Walks will again be held on flat land at William Land Park in Sacramento. NAMI Solano County has 9 teams walking so far! We are inspired and pumped to make this the most successful walk to date. There will be food, entertainment, motivational speakers, and lots of wonderful people gathered together to support the fight to “Stop Stigma and Build Awareness” of mental illness. Money earned from the Walk will help support much needed free programs to families and persons living with mental illness. The need is great to do more. It is ONE day we have been given the opportunity to show the world that we are important in this world and United in this fight to make our voices heard, fight stigma, advocate for mental health and make NAMI a household word! Please join us on May 7th. There are many ways to participate.

Register and donate at http://www.namiwalks.org/northerncalifornia. You can be a team captain, a sponsor, or join one of our 9 existing teams: Walkers of Hope, Warriors for Wellness, Walk for Wellness, The Circle Fairfield CA, Napa Citizens for Mental Health, St. Brigid’s Episcopal Church Rio Vista, Dream Walkers, Solano Soles, and Go!Go!Tuo. For more information, please contact Yolanda Garcia-Martinez at ygarmar@aol.com or Jeannette Goyetche at goyhoff@sbcglobal.net.


You can also download the NAMI Walks Flyer 2016 here.

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.

Brochure-application for Solano Peer to Peer

Announcing our Next Peer-to-Peer class, beginning February 22, 2016 in Vallejo! Peer-to-Peer is a 10 week course in recovery for anyone with a mental health issue who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. Please see flyer herefor details. To register or for more information, please call 707-422-7792, or email us at namisolanocounty@sbcglobal.net.



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 namisolanocounty@sbcglobal.net

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