National Alliance on Mental Illness closing its Kansas City office, trying to find replacement services

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Kansas City, 406 West 34th Street, is closing its doors. The surprise announcement comes after 36 years of helping people living with mental illness. Two reasons were given for the closure. Some of the organization's key leaders have been coping with physical health problems. Those issues, combined with increasing constraints on obtaining funding, led to the decision.

For years the organization has helped people with mental illness through its help-line phone number, by providing classes for families and illness survivors and organizing nine support groups throughout the area.

Robin Blakely, interim director, is overseeing the closing. She says the days ahead will be spent working on a succession plan to carry on services.

"The legacy of the agency is amazing. Thousands of lives have been saved because NAMI-KC was there. Support groups for individuals and the families that love them exist because NAMI-Kansas City helped make them happen," said Blakely.

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