NAMI Far North was organized in Sandpoint, Idaho in February 2007 by five individuals who believed a local affiliate was needed in this community. Our board members, all of whom are individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness, are committed to maintaining a viable and active NAMI affiliate. We were asked by NAMI Idaho to serve both Bonner and Boundary counties.
We are an officially chartered NAMI affiliate that was incorporated as an Idaho Non-Profit Corporation on May 29, 2007 and received our charter at the NAMI National Convention in Seattle, June of 2012. Our Bylaws were approved by our members on August 15, 2007. We were granted our formal tax exempt status by the IRS under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code on December 19, 2007. And we re-affiliated in 2019.
NAMI Far North programs are an important means of providing support and education locally for persons living with mental interests and their families.
Board of Directors Ellie Lizotte, President Dawn Mehra, Vice-President Victor Vosen, Secretary/Webmaster Catherine Perusse, LCPC, NCC; Treasurer Ann Wimberly, M.D.(retired) Jan Burt, Consumer Advocate Evelyn Miller, Archivalist Kim Bradley, just a generally neat person Jessica Rachels, our newest board member