SPEAK YOUR TRUTH!  Back for another year!

We’re hosting a fun & engaging night of poetry, music, & education at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis on July 14, 2018.  Check out the link & follow us on facebook for more details!





The “Alliance” With the Arts

Board member Tyler Calabrese, PsyD presented a session titled “The ‘Alliance’ With the Arts” at the NAMI Maryland Conference on Friday, Oct. 27. He was joined by Anthony LaVorgna, Jr. of Ant Hill Studios. The session discussed the benefits of using art to start discussions about mental health, and how art is used as therapy. Michael Drummond, Executive Director of Arundel Lodge, had some paintings on display from the Open Eye Gallery.

NEW: Crofton Area Connection Group

Our Connection Support Group is expanding. Currently our Connection Group (for those who have a mental illness) meets weekly, every Sunday evening at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Arnold, Maryland from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. and this will not change.

A second Connection Support group will start on a Thursday, October 19th. This Connection Support Group will meet twice a month (second and fourth Thursday’s) at First Baptist Church, 1690 Crofton Parkway, Crofton, Md. from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Our Connections Groups are lead by trained facilitators.

We are so proud of our Connection Leadership Team(s) and the work they are doing on behalf of their peers. Please feel free to attend either or both groups.

For information about our Connections Support Group(s) please contact Peggy@301-262-0540, or email peggy at peggyd22@verizon.net.


We’re hosting a fun & engaging night of poetry, music, & education at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis on July 20th.  Check out the link & follow us on facebook for more details!

Speak your truth!: A night of emotional expression through words


FREE Community Educational Event

NAMIAAC presents:
SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT – How It Works and Its Importance to Recovery
Join us for this FREE educational event featuring guest speaker Bette Stewart from the Evidence-Based Practice Center at the University of Maryland Medical School.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7pm – 9pm at Woods Memorial Church.
611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146.
Lite refreshments will be served.


Family-to-Family Returns February 20, 2017

Sign up quick for this free, signature program that provides education & support for loved ones of those suffering from mental illness.

NAMI Family-to-Family (F2F) Class


We are delighted to announce that the Mental Health Reform Bill – part of the 21st Century Cures bill HR 34 –  has passed and been signed into  law by President Obama. This was a great victory for NAMI!  NAMI AAC and countless other mental health advocates spent much time addressing their lawmakers and drumming up support for this bill, playing a big part in it’s passing.  Here is a brief overview of some of the provisions of this bill:
1.  Requesting clarification of the HIPAA laws regarding permitted disclosures of health information by health care professionals  to families of adults with serious mental  illness in order to facilitate treatment.
2.  Creates mental health courts.
3.  Creates a  new Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder.
4.  Toughening the enforcement of mental health parity.
5.   Additional funding for new Assistant Outpatient Treatment Programs
6.  Additional funding for Assertive Community Treatment Programs.
7.  Incentives for increasing the number of mental health professionals.
8.  Permitting same day Medicaid billing for physical and mental health services
9.  Increase funding for research for serious mental illness at NIH.
10.  Improving how the federal government finances and manages evidence based
      mental health services.
11.  Establishes an adult suicide prevention program.
For additional information and to view the complete details of the bill please visit the NAMI.org website.  

NAMI Newsletter Hot Off The Press

This edition is jam packed with updates about NAMI events (past, present, & future), advocacy initiatives, and the great work of others in the community.  Check it out!


Family-to-Family Class Returns in September

This amazing space for learning and support for loved ones of those suffering from mental illness returns soon.  Click the link for more details…

NAMI Family-to-Family (F2F) Class

NAMI AAC Voyage to National Convention

Fred Delp (NAMI AAC Director) took the long haul to Denver, CO for the 2016 convention to represent our chapter and help improve our chapter.  Instead of basking in the outdoor adventures of the region, Fred spent his days hard at work absorbing information about innovations in treatment, new advocacy strategies, and effective strategies used by other NAMI Chapters.

NAMI Represented at AACC Health Fair

 AACC health fair - april 2016NAMI AAC recently participated in the Anne Arundel Community College Health Fair on April 13 along with 40 other vendors.  Roz Dove is pictured speaking with an interested party about NAMI and how we can help.  Roz and Fred Delp spoke to over 50 interested AAC college students about NAMI, mental illness, and our education courses and support groups.  In addition, we spoke with some potential partner organizations where we can move ahead speaking to their groups about mental illness and how we can help them become more aware of the illness and work together to help people in the county.


Homeless Resource Day Participation

Homeless Resource Day - banner & table

NAMI AAC and Alpha Kappa Alpha attended the Homeless Resource Day event on 4/9/16. Both groups shared information about NAMI programs with consumers, their loved ones, and other community providers. There was a great turnout and a lot of interest.

Space Available for Peer-to-Peer Class

Don’t miss this great opportunity to confidentially discuss your personal issues with those who can really empathize and offer ideas for growth. There are still some openings. Click the link below to learn more & contact us if you are interested.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Classes

Advocacy Day was a Huge Success

Mental Health Advocacy Day with the Maryland legislature in Annapolis was 25 February.  NAMI members and supporters from all over Maryland visited  their delegates and senators asking for their support for upcoming bills and budget requests for mental health.  Pictured below is the Anne Arundel NAMI Executive Director, Fred Delp, and Pat Ranney visiting with District 33 Senator Ed Reilly as they spoke to him about the upcoming budget and legislature to be reviewed for passing of new bills to support mental health.

The big crowd of advocates

The big crowd of advocates

Fred Delp with Pat Ranney

Check Out NAMI AAC’s Winter Newsletter

There’s great updates about what’s been going on and what we’re planning for the future.

NAMIAAC Newsletter – Winter 2016

Arundel Lodge Now Providing Outpatient Services to Children & Teens (4-17yo)

We are excited to announce that Arundel Lodge – a trusted community provider of adult mental health services – will be serving children and teenagers in their outpatient clinic, the Marcus Youth and Family Center at Arundel Lodge!  See attached for more details…

Arundel Lodge Children’s Center Flyer

NAMI Family-to-Family Classes Begin in February 2016

Register now for this NAMI signature education program which starts on February 16, 2016. The 12-week free program will held at Anne Arundel Medical Center. See the attached flyer for details and registration information.


Dr. Komrad’s Presentation on Mental Health and Creativity

Click this link to watch an engaging video by Mark Komrad, MD as part of his work with Baltimore’s American Visionary Arts Museum.

“Mental Illness and Creativity:  Association, Causality, or Coincidence?’”


Board member and volunteer, Annette Ludlum, receiving the award on behalf of Donna Milstead

Board member and volunteer, Annette Ludlum, receiving the award on behalf of Donna Milstead


NAMI ACC At the Annual NAMI State Conference

Many of our crew were able to attend this great event, allowing them to learn from other affiliates & share the great work being done in Anne Arundel Co.

Donna Milstead, NAMI ACC, was awarded the 2015 NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Certificate of Achievement. Donna has facilitated Family Support Groups for the last 6 years in AAC. Unable to attend herself, Annette Ludlam accepted the award on Donna’s behalf, which was presented by Gertrude Wilson.

Awards were made throughout the Conference and were presented during the workshops with the exception of the ROYAL RIDDICK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, which was presented posthumously before the whole assemblage to the family of Royal Riddick. Kate Farinholt presented this award and explained the amazing life Royal Riddick lived in the face of schizophrenia these last 20 years. Heartfelt applause greeted each award in full recognition NAMI would not exist if it weren’t for the remarkable contributions of its members.

NAMI AAC in full force!

NAMI AAC in full force!









NAMI Represented at the Annual “Out of the Darkness Walk” for Suicide Prevention

NAMI Board Members Frances Kushner & Dr. Tyler Calabrese raised funds, dispersed NAMI brochures, and participated in the event on 9/12/15. They joined a mass of other participants walking through downtown Annapolis to bring to light awareness of suicide’s impact on a family and national level.




22 OCTOBER 2014 – NAMI Anne Arundel Named Best Affiliate in State

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The Anne Arundel County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is proud to announce that it was recognized at the Maryland State Conference in Towson Oct. 18-19 with two awards for outstanding leadership in the field of mental health support.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and their families affected by mental illness.  Advocacy support, education, resources, and training are the tools NAMI uses to raise awareness, fight stigma and raise hope for recovery.

NAMI Maryland is comprised of 10 affiliates, each providing a range of services to its members.  The Anne Arundel Affiliate was singled out as “Best in State” this year with the 2014 Outstanding NAMI Affiliate in Maryland Award.  NAMI AAC is unique in that it has all four Signature Programs up and running at once.  These programs include Family-2-Family, Connections, Peer-to-Peer and Family Support Groups, each designed to address different quality of life issues affecting individuals and their families struggling to maintain/recover mental health.

The Anne Arundel County Affiliate further distinguished itself by increasing its membership by 20 percent over the previous year, expanding its outreach by 2-3 presentations a month to groups such as OASIS, AAMC, BWMC, school psychologists, and various civic groups and organizations. NAMI-AAC Affiliate also secured its first office space in Glen Burnie and added its first small staff.

Fred Delp, NAMI Anne Arundel President, and Roz Dove, Anne Arundel Vice President as well as several Board and family members accepted the award presented by Kate Farinholt, Executive Director of NAMI Maryland with an accompanying commendation from Senator Ben Cardin.

Severna Park resident Pat Manuel, another Anne Arundel Affiliate member, was awarded the NAMI Maryland 2014 Family-to-Family Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions for the last five years to the operation of the educational Family-to-Family Program.  Pat configured classes by reaching out to interested individuals, interviewing them to determine commitment to a 12-week course and then assembled and delivered workbooks, making a difference in the lives of over 200 participants in the course of her service.


Sept 11, 2014 – Rotary Club Presentation

Fred Delp, NAMI AAC president, gave an inspiring presentation to the Annapolis Rotary Club. Fred Shared NAMI’s mission with a crowd of 70-80 attendees. We look forward to working with the Annapolis Rotary Club to reach out to more individuals and families within the county looking for help and support with mental illness.

Fred Delp, NAMI AAC President, speaks to the Annapolis Rotary Club

Fred Delp, NAMI AAC President, speaks to the Annapolis Rotary Club