NAMI Ventura County

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Basic Information

Address: P.O. Box 1613 Camarillo, CA 93011
Phone Number: 805-641-2426
Fax Number: 805-275-2188

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Additional Information

Executive Director: Ratan Bhavnani
President: Debbie Hurt
Service Description: Support, Education and Resources for Families affected by Mental Illness
Mission Statement:

The mission of NAMI Ventura County is to provide emotional support, education and resources for families affected by mental illness. Through community collaboration and education, we advocate for a life of quality and dignity -- one without discrimination -- for all people affected by this illness.

Membership Fee: $30 single, $40 family
Eligibility Requirements: Everyone interested in improving the lives of persons affected by mental illness.
Area Served: Ventura County
Hours of Operation/Schedule: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday
Services Offered:
Education programs related to mental illness: For families, providers, court personnel.

NAMIWalks in May each year, for the entire community.
NAMI Holiday Party in December each year, for all clients and their families.

Conferences/Speakers: Speaker meetings on the second Tuesday of each month.
Fundraisers: Annual NAMIWalks, at the Ventura Beach Promenade.
Support Groups: Family Support Groups are held in Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks. For details, see the Calendar on our website.

NAMI Ventura County is an affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Founded in 1981, NAMI Ventura County has become the community's voice on mental illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

Detailed Organization Information:

 See our web site for more information on our programs and services.

Attend our free classes:

If you are a family member - sign up for the Family-to-Family Program at a location near you.

If you are a provider of mental health services, take our Provider Education Program and earn continuing education credits.

All people in the Criminal Justice area, register for the Court Program on Mental Illness.

Come to a Family Support Group:


Care & Share family support groups provide support, education, advocacy and information to family members and friends of those suffering with severe mental illness.  Each person has an opportunity, if they wish, to share their current situation with the group.  Since everyone attending has or is going through similar issues, everyone can offer understanding and comfort.  Often group members are able to offer helpful ideas, suggestions and resources.

Each group is coordinated by a volunteer from NAMI Ventura County who has been trained as a support group facilitator.

Attend monthly General Meetings.

NAMI General Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about mental illness. Speakers address a wide range of topics such as: research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new medications, proven rehabilitation approaches, financial planning for families with a disabled member, early diagnosis and intervention, public and other community mental health services, disability benefits, etc.

Meetings are held in Camarillo. For information on the next meeting topic and location, click here.

Learn about available mental health resources.

In addition to the above classes and meetings, if you need support or information, call us at any time: 805-641-2426.



Slogan: Ventura County's Voice on Mental Illness