Why are we doing this?

Association for the Chronically Mentally Ill (ACMI)  is a nonprofit organization that was founded by a group of passionate parents whose adult children shared a similar experience with Arizona’s behavioral health system. You see, while our behavioral health system adequately serves tens of thousands of adults with a serious mental illness (SMI) every year, there is a percentage of our SMI population for whom our behavioral health system is seriously and materially inadequate.

The families of ACMI are working hard so that future families will not have to endure the multiple and unnecessary hospitalizations, incarcerations, and homelessness that their sons and daughters have. Indeed, the purpose of ACMI is to not only shine a light on this reality but to partner with our state’s leaders in health care, public safety, and government to engineer practical solutions that are both compassionate and effective for our chronically and seriously mentally ill population.