Required Practices of Affiliates

NAMI may grant affiliate status to groups that will then fulfill the important support, education and advocacy roles in their communities. These practices reflect the requirements for re-affiliation and are supported by principles of good governance and ethical practice that are elaborated upon in the NAMI Standards of Excellence.

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Affiliate Practice 1

All NAMIs shall adhere to the NAMI Mission, Values, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, State Organization and Affiliate Handbooks, NAMI Board of Directors Operating Policies and Procedures, NAMI Standards of Excellence, and other written guidance promulgated by NAMI, as they may be amended from time to time in NAMI’s sole discretion.

Affiliate Practice 2

A group of individuals seeking re-affiliation with NAMI shall collaborate with the NAMI State Organization and NAMI.

Affiliate Practice 3

NAMI Affiliates shall seek and acquire prior endorsement by the NAMI State Organization before requesting affiliation with NAMI.

Affiliate Practice 4

In order to establish and retain affiliation and as stated in the Affiliation Agreement, a NAMI Affiliate

  1. Shall embrace and conduct its business in accord with the NAMI Mission, Values, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, State Organization and Affiliate Operations Handbooks, NAMI Board of Directors Operating Policies and Procedures, NAMI Standards of Excellence, and other written guidance promulgated by NAMI, as they may be amended from time to time in NAMI’s sole discretion; shall ensure that members joining through the NAMI Affiliate are members of NAMI, the NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate;
  2. Shall ensure its members pay the standardized NAMI dues;
  3. Shall be incorporated and have current IRS determination as a nonprofit [501(c)(3)] corporation, or may operate as part of and subject to the control of either the NAMI State Organization or another incorporated NAMI Affiliate
  4. Shall abide by its own bylaws and governing documents, as well as those of NAMI, including Code of Ethics, Conflict of Interest, Whistleblower, Document Retention and Compensation policies;
  5. Shall comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations;
  6. Shall maintain records and make information available about its operations, governance, finances, programs and activities widely available to NAMI;
  7. Shall sponsor and conduct programs that further the purposes and objectives of NAMI and are consistent with NAMI’s mission and values;
  8. Shall form public positions on any federal, state or local legislative policy issues consistent with NAMI’s public policy platform;
  9. Shall adhere to NAMI Policy regarding diversity and inclusion;
  10. Shall maintain policies of comprehensive general liability and director and officer liability insurance, if incorporated;
  11. Shall recognize NAMI’s ownership of the NAMI name and logo and adhere to NAMI’s identity guidelines regarding intellectual property and protecting and building the NAMI brand.

Affiliate Practice 5

Any NAMI Affiliate may be considered a “center of excellence,” provided that, in the estimation of their peers and state organization, they exemplify the highest achievement in that level and are willing and able to share their expertise with others.

Affiliate Practice 6

All NAMI Affiliates shall attempt to grow and expand NAMI’s presence in their communities.