​Our mission is to offer education, support, and advocacy to those affected by mental illness and to their families and friends. We hope to reduce stigmatization of these illnesses by providing factual information. Our website offers information about our services and links to other websites that may help provide information you may find helpful.

24 hour COPELine numbers: 

440-285-5665 or 1-888-285-5665

NAMI Geauga County supports the mission of Geauga County agencies that promote mental health education and support.  We have received a request from WomenSafe for donation items below:

  • Shelter  
    Paper Towels  
    Toilet Paper   
    Chalkboard Eraser
    Gardening Gloves
    38 gallon trash bags
    ​13 gallon trash bags
    ​Kitchen Cleaner

  • Socks
    Mop & Bucket
    Art Supplies
    ​Sketch books
    Colored Pencils


Looking to donate your car, truck, or recreational vehicle? Contact www.donationline.com or call (877)-227-7487. To donate any of the items listed above please call or email to set up an appointment: Liz Brant (Misich) Donations Coordinator 440-286-7154 x230 wsdonations@windstream.net

NAMI Geauga County Holds Annual

Potluck and Recognition Picnic

On July 17, 2014, NAMI Geauga County held their 6th Annual Summer Recognition Picnic at Bass Lake Preserve in Chardon. The 70 guests shared a potluck dinner with meat and beverages provided by NAMI Geauga County. NAMI Crafters were also on hand with many creative pieces made by their group offered for sale. Vic Matthews, President of the Board of NAMI Geauga County presented appreciation certificates to those tireless volunteers that make NAMI Geauga County effective in providing support, education and advocacy to those affected by mental illness and their loved ones.

Jim Adams, CEO of the Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services then spoke about the accomplishments of the very worthy recipient of the Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services 2014 Professional Contribution Award, Dennis Michelson. Each year, the board recognizes the work of a group or individual that has made a significant and often life-changing contribution to the quality of life for Geauga County residents through their professional work in the field of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Pencil Sharpeners

ACE Bandages

New Women’s and Children’s underwear

Toddler-Teen Summer Clothing (5T-Kids 12/14

Reestablishment Assistance
New Twin Bed Protectors (Regular and XL)
Hair Brushes

New Pillows

Most NAMI Geauga County Speaker Meetings are held at 13244 Ravenna Rd Chardon, OH 44024. Our next speaker is Terry Russell, Director of NAMI OHIO. Mr. Russell will speak on September 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.


Oversees the day-to-day operations of NAMI Geauga County including management of programs and staff ensuring that organizational resources are focused on the mission and that quality programs and services are provided to the community.     

Works with the Treasurer to provide oversight of the financial performance and stability of the organization; ensures that financial reports and budget documents are maintained in accordance with the law and best practices.·        

Oversees the payroll processes, safety standards and human resource policies.

Works with the Board of Directors to ensure that NAMI Geauga County meets the Standards of Excellence set by NAMI National to maintain NAMI affiliation status.

Ensures that NAMI Geauga County is meeting requirements of all its grant agreements.

Works with the Board to provide strategic direction and policies that encompass long and short-term plans; implements performance measurements that will guide both strategic and operational decision-making.  
Partners with the Board to build and sustain long-term relationships with key donors and other key stakeholders, builds and maintains relationships with other mental health providers and community partners. 

Fund Development      

Oversees financial development efforts to ensure that financial resources are available to support approved plans, meet long-term financial needs and respond to new opportunities.·        

Works with the Fund Development and NAMIWalk committees on sponsor/donor solicitation and grant development. 

Education and Support Programs Oversight     

Provides oversight of NAMI Geauga’s education and support programs, including classes, support groups and phone helpline.·        

Works closely with staff and volunteers to ensure all programs are running smoothly and expanding in line with the organization’s resources and strategic plan.

Communications, Outreach and Advocacy        

Ensures effective communication to all stakeholders, including board, staff, NAMI members, donors, community stakeholders and strategic partners.

Oversees website and newsletter to ensure NAMI Geauga County’s mission is being fulfilled and communicated properly. 

Serves as liaison with NAMI Ohio and NAMI National.

Works with the Board to ensure that outreach and advocacy efforts are successfully educating the public about NAMI and about mental health. 

Serves, along with the Board of Directors, as a spokesperson, liaison and public representative for NAMI Geauga County. This includes public speaking to large and small audiences and participation in TV and radio interviews. 

NAMI Geauga County Announces Executive Director Search


The ideal candidate will have at least a Bachelors Degree and at least three years of management experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, with the following abilities and personal characteristics:

Ability to provide leadership in growing and sustaining a nonprofit organization.

Proven track record of developing successful partnerships with other organizations. 

Demonstrated success in working with boards comprised of community volunteers.

Ability to articulate a compelling organizational vision to widely diverse audiences.

Ability to work successfully in a culturally and ethnically diverse community.

Ability to work with individuals with varying levels of education and experience.

Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities.

​Willingness to work evenings and weekends to attend meetings and events.·        

Proven success in raising money for an organization or program.  
Excellent written and oral communication skills.         
Demonstrated knowledge about mental health.        
Good judgment and self-confidence.
Tact, diplomacy and consensus building skills.      
Creativity and imagination.        
Compassion and empathy.        
High ethical standards.

If interested, email Linda Reed, acting executive director at lreed@namigeauga.org.  Attach a resume and salary requirements.  

The Executive Director position is a full-time position, responsible for providing leadership for NAMI Geauga County’s mission and for the management of all programs, activities and staff of the organization. Under the direction of the President of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for: ​

Joining Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers in 2006, Dr. Michelson worked in the Chardon office and became the Program Coordinator at the Geauga Safety Center in 2010. He works with the court systems in both Lake and Geauga Counties to help rebuild lives impacted by dependency. As opiate dependency has increased among Geauga residents and the mortality rate among opiate users climbs to 50 percent, so too has the urgency for the services Michelson delivers. Dennis Michelson uses his talents to educate people about the brain disease of addiction. He is skillful, insightful, and passionate. He draws a picture of the map to recovery, and helps the community understand the potential for those in recovery to be made whole again.

Mr. Adams culminated his praise of Dr. Michelson with a story about a child who rebuilt a puzzle picture of the world by turning it over and rebuilding the picture of a man that was on the other side. Using the ending line of the story Mr. Adams exclaimed, "Dennis Michelson, our winner this year, exemplifies that sentence, 'When I put the man together, the whole world fell in place.' Through his extensive experience in family and chemical dependency counseling, Dennis seeks to do just that, rebuild one life at a time."