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History

NAMI Knox Licking County Ohio was established in July 2012 after having undergone a rebranding of our organization and ending our affiliation with Mental Health America when affiliating with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). We are a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

In relevance, our organization, under several different names, has been putting the pieces of mental illness together since 1949. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots service organization, and much like NAMI, our organization, in 1949, was founded by local residents of Knox County whose desire was to assist individuals with mental illness find help and treatment and to provide transportation to Newark, Ohio to the Moundbuilders Clinic.

In time the effort expanded to build a clinic locally and funds were raised. It is not clear why that effort in total was abandoned; eventually the funds were donated to Moundbuilders to establish a satellite clinic here. That clinic is still operating under the name of Behavioral Health Partners of Central Ohio, both in Knox and Licking Counties. Franklin Miller, Jr., was one of the early founders.

NAMI’s guiding principles are Education, Support, and Advocacy for the mentally ill and their families. NAMI Knox Licking County Ohio stands by those principles.

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