NAMI Montgomery County PA originated as Families Unite for Mental Health Rights (FUMHR), founded by Ed and Kate LeBlanc in May 1977, who organized meetings at their home. By September 1979, membership had grown to 400 families. FUMHR became affiliated with NAMI after the founding of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 1979.
In December 1981, the group opened an office in Oreland, called the State Office. NAMI Pennsylvania subsequently re-established itself with an office in Harrisburg. In 1986, FUMHR changed its name to The Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and AMI of Eastern Pennsylvania later separated into affiliates for each of the five counties of southeastern Pennsylvania.
AMI of Montgomery County continued to grow with advocacy activities, support groups, and family education courses. In 1996, it moved into its own office and meeting place in Glenside to bring together the various support groups, courses, and library.
Our current Montgomery County NAMI affiliate aligns with our national organization. Our mission remains the same: to improve the lives of all those affected by mental illness through support, education, and advocacy.