NAMI Central Virginia
P.O. Box 18086
Richmond VA 23226-8086
Mission Statement The mission of NAMI Central Virginia (NAMI-CVA) is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life of Central Virginian's with serious mental illness through support, education, and advocacy.
CEO/Executive Director Kathy Harkey
Board Chair Sherwood Atkins
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 18086
Richmond, VA 232268086
Telephone 804 285-1749
Fax 804 285-0069
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
Richmond Schizophrenia Foundation1980
Alliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI)1984
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $151,150.00
Projected Expenses $94,650.00
Additional Documents
Talking Points2012View
NAMI Central Virginia has many committee's to best serve the community. NAMI Central Virginia members have received numerous awards for outstanding and dedicated service in the community. Michael Francisco, President of NAMI Central Virginia, received the 2012 Joshua Steven Collins Award of Excellence in recognition of exemplary service to the community. Kathy Harkey, NAMI Central Virginia's Program Director, received the 2012 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International Advocate Award in recognition of support and leadership in the development of Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) programs in Virginia. In 2011 NAMI Central Virginia received the NAMI Virginia Outstanding Affiliate Award, and in 2010 NAMI Central Virginia received the Outstanding Achievement Award. NAMI Central Virginia has worked in conjunction with the media and stakeholders in the community and is recognized as an ethical and reliable resource of valuable information concerning mental health matters.       
Mission The mission of NAMI Central Virginia (NAMI-CVA) is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life of Central Virginian's with serious mental illness through support, education, and advocacy.
NAMI-CVA hosted hundreds of In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presentations in the Richmond, tri-city area. In Our Own Voice is dedicated to the support, education, and growth of consumers. Who better to talk to about coping with a mental illness than those in recovery? Audiences benefit from this type of presentation because it reveals personal experiences of recovery. Audience members learn, first hand, what it means to have a serious mental illness, recovery, and the message of hope. Through IOOV coping strategies are revealed, and people are given hope and strength by finding a community of peers. Recovery is a continuing process of growth. The presentation is about how to achieve and then stay in recovery with a major mental illness.  

NAMI-CVA holds Peer-to-Peer education classes in the Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland and Powhatan. Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour classes and is taught by a team of two trained mentors and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public. Here's what people are saying about Peer-to-Peer:

Consumer Student: "Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive at both work and home."

Consumer Student: "This course has given me a sense of who I am. I understand what is going on with me and I am able to cope. I have gained employment and committed to my recovery. I’ve come a long way since I started."

Consumer Student: "Peer to Peer teaches in 9 weeks what it took me 20 years to figure out for myself."

NAMI-CVA holds Family-to-Family Education classes in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland and Powhatan.  NAMI Central Virginia's Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. 
The course is taught by trained family members. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.  Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.

NAMI-CVA brought the NAMI Basics program to the Central Virginia region in late 2011. NAMI Basics is a signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.  The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.
NAMI-CVA faciliatates support groups weekly for individuals with a mental illness and their family members.
Free locations to host classes and support groups
HelpLine Coordinator
Community Outreach
Mental Health Education and Awareness Project
Person(s) with Computer Experience
In 1980, the late Bertha Emroch and the late Ceal Bloch founded the Richmond Area Schizophrenia Foundation. The organization was later renamed the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Central Virginia, to be an affiliate of both the Virginia Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-VA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In 1998, most affiliates were renamed to reflect the name recognition of the national presence of this grassroots organization. The resulting name for the local affiliate is NAMI Central Virginia (NAMI-CVA).
NAMI-CVA shows people with mental illness and their families that they are not alone. NAMI members in Central Virginia and across the country welcome all who live with serious mental illness and their families to a local and national network of caring, support, education, and advocacy.   
NAMI-CVA offers numerous education and support programs. A few are listed below:
Family-to-Family: free 12-week course for families/caregivers of individuals with mental illness. The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and co-ocurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. The course discusses treatment for these illnesses and teaches skills that families need to cope with the challenges of living with a relative with a mental illness. The course teaches strategies for handling crisis/relapse; guidance on how to locate supports/services, and understanding and empathy for one's family member/loved one.  
Peer-to-Peer: free 10-week course taught by a team of individuals with mental illness who are experienced at living well with mental illness. Peer-to-Peer is for persons with serious mental illness who want to establish and maintain their wellness and recovery. It includes education on individual empowerment, family and peer support, relapse prevention, communication skills, advanced directives, and mindfulness excercises.
Basics: free 6-week education course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness. This course is designed to provide parents/caregivers the information necessary to be an effective caregiver; to cope with the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family, and to provide tools to assist caregivers in making the best decisions for the care of the child and entire family.
CEO Statement
Thank You for visiting this portrait of NAMI-CVA. I am involved with NAMI-CVA because the work they do is positively life altering for consumers with a mental illness and their families who are struggling to find help. The programs and supports NAMI-CVA offers are unique and provide the education and hope people affected by mental illness need to understand, succeed and not feel so alone.  
Kathy Harkey    
Board Chair Statement
As President of NAMI-CVA, I am responsible for providing leadership to the Board of Directors, supervising our full time staff, establishing policies and procedures and oversight to the entire organization. The reason why I joined this organization is like many others; I have a family member who has serious mental illness and has been living with a brain disorder for the past nine years. I have learned in that time that there is a serious lack of training for people living with a mental illness, family members, first responders, and the public. This training is critical to understanding and self help and to direct persons with mental illness to mental health services and jail diversioin. I am a big advocate for Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and serve as a member of the steering committee for the county  where I reside. I am a graduate of the Family to Family Class and it provided me with the knowledge to be able to help our family member who is mentally ill. Due to HIPPA laws and the age of the family member, I was unable to talk to his doctors and therapists. So, by gaining education and direction from NAMI-CVA our family has been able to understand and help in this tragic situation.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County
Tri-cities Region
Colonial Heights, City
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Prince George County
Central Virginia: Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland, Powhatan , Ashland. Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Prince George, Dinwiddie
Board Chair
Board Chair Sherwood Atkins
Company Affiliation President
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Sherwood Atkins Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, Volunteer
Patrice Beard Program Volunteer - Family to Family, Basics, Ending the Silence
Colin Connelly Board Member
Lynn DiChristina Program Volunteer - Family to Family
Patricia Fields Program Volunteer - Connection Support Group
Gloria Green Retired, Program Volunteer - Family Support Group
Angela Harris Retired
Michael Joynes Retired
Jim Kochany Volunteer, Peer Specialist Henrico County
Darryl Matthews Volunteer/Presenter
Linda McCleod Volunteer
Mike Parker Volunteer
Tessa Shuk Volunteer
Arnold Woodruff Retired
Pamela Woolridge R.N. Richmond Community Hospital
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Staff Development
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Kathy Harkey
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 80
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations with mental health and suicide prevention/intervention stakeholders in the community, including hospitals, CSBs, and faith communities.
2012 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International Advocacy AwardCrisis Intervention Teams (CIT) International2012
Joshua Steven Collins Award of ExcellenceNAMI Virginia2012
Certificate of Merit for Selfless Dedication & CommitmentHenrico Police2012
Certificate of Appreciation for Suicide Prevention / Mental Health PresentationFort Lee2011
Description Family-to-Family is a free 12-week course for family members/caregivers of individuals with mental illness. Family members/caregivers learn more about mental illnesses and how to best support and care for their loved one.
Population Served Adults
Description Anti-stigma, public education program.

A presentation by consumers that creates awareness about what is involved in recovery from mental illness. A powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness. An opportunity for consumers to gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and income while serving as role models for the community. Living proof that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.

The Presentation:

Hear from people who have struggled with disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe mental illnesses. A brief video features consumers speaking about the topics of Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills, and Successes, Hopes, and Dreams. Gain insight into how people with serious mental illnesses cope with the realities of their disorders while reclaiming productive lives.

Ask questions from the real experts -- the consumers are the ones who "have been there." A Take Home Folder is distributed to all attendees, which includes resources and an opportunity for program evaluation.

Why Must We Have This Program?

Raises awareness in communities about recovery from mental illness, Empowers consumers by providing a path to recovery,

Presents the real face of mental illness, Combats stigma, Provides supported employment opportunities for  consumers.

Description Peer-to-Peer is a free 10-week course for individuals with personal mental illness experience focusing on relapse prevention planning, recovery, and wellness.
Population Served Adults
Description The HelpLine is manned by volunteers who provide people with  information on NAMI, community resources and mental illness topics. Because the Helpline is manned by volunteers, it is often necessary to leave a message on the answering service. Phone calls are returned within 48 hours.  
Basics is a free 6-week education course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illnesses. The course is taught by two parents who have received specialized training. The class is designed to provide parents/caregivers the fundamental information necessary to be an effective caregiver, to cope with the traumatic impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family and provide tools for the parent/caregiver to use that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child and the entire family.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Program is a peer- based, mutual support group model. The vision is that every person in this country who lives with a mental illness will have, within reasonable driving distance,  a  NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group to attend.


A NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is an alliance of individuals who have in common the experience of living with mental illness.  It provides a place to share our experiences and use the learning opportunities for ourselves and others.  Connection groups are a safe space to confront the challenges that  all consumers face, regardless of diagnosis: low self-esteem; social isolation; dual diagnosis; stigma and discrimination; etc.


NAMI Connection Facilitators are individuals living with mental illnesses and are at a point in recovery where they want to “giveback” to others.  They attend an intense training to facilitate a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group.


NAMI Family Support Groups, offered by NAMI Central Virginia, are free, confidential and safe groups of families helping families who have loved ones living with a mental illness. Families join a caring group of individuals helping one another through their learned wisdom. Families are no longer alone and they have a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.


What are the goals of NAMI Family Support Group?


•   To encourage, support and empower people

•   To provide this support free of charge and confidentially

•   To make this support available to any family member of an individual living with a mental illness

•   To provide a support group that isled by trained facilitators who are also family members of an individual living with mental illness themselves


What people are saying about NAMI Family Support Group?


“The most beneficial thing for me was that I am not alone. I found the support group at the time I really needed it!” - A family caregiver

Ending the Silence is a free classroom presentation designed to teach middle- and high-school students about mental illness in a way that demystifies the topic. Students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what help. 
This program is of the utmost importance for the following reasons:
  • 1 in 5 kids experiences a mental health condition, and only 20% of those actually receive help
  • About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school
  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year-olds
  • Early identification and intervention provides better outcomes
Students learn of early warning signs, facts & stats about youth and mental health conditions, when/how to get help for themselves or their friends, and when it is not okay to keep a secret. 
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
CEO/ED/Board Comments
NAMI-CVA Board structure is professionally managed in accordance with the NAMI Standards of Excellence. We have 15 members on the NAMI-CVA board to accomplish our missions and goals. Our Executive Board consists of five officers (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary). The NAMI-CVA board also has  director chairs in charge of education, fundraising, health fairs, support staff, crisis intervention programs, suicide prevention, and veteran mental health programs and support systems. Board members work in cooperation with NAMI-CVA's Executive Director, volunteers, general membership, and stakeholders in the community.   
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $151,150.00
Projected Expenses $94,650.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$134,285$107,914$83,317
Administration Expense$23,516$23,985$15,506
Fundraising Expense$3,060--$2,665
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.101.35
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%82%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$186,626$188,007$179,560
Current Assets$186,626$159,691$179,560
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$7,496$6,219$10,531
Total Net Assets$179,130$181,788$169,029
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities24.9025.6817.05
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Organization Comments
NAMI Central Virginia is a 501c3 non-profit supported through donations and contributions. We provide free education programs, support groups, community resources and advocate to help people who live with serious mental illnesses and their families. We provide free community trainings and presentations by people living with mental illness to enrich the audiences' understanding of how the over 58 million Americans contending with mental illness cope while also reclaiming rich and meaningful lives. NAMI Central Virginia advocates for better mental health programs and funding. NAMI Central Virginia does a great deal to reach out to people living with mental illness, their families, mental health providers, students, law enforcement, and the community.