NAMI Kansas’ roots go back to 1975 when the first support group was established in Topeka. In 1984 Families for Mental Health in Kansas was organized and later the same year there was an affiliation with the Association for the Mentally Ill, which resulted in the organization being known as Kansas AMI. By the late 1980’s the national and state identity became NAMI, which currently stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Kansas was incorporated in 1988 and received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 1989. The first office was opened in Topeka in 1990.