Local Resources

NAMI Arkansas operates a statewide organization providing and coordinating a network of local support groups providing support, education, and advocacy throughout the state.

Below are some resources to help anyone looking for information on available services:

Information about Medicare

Information about Medicare

For outreach and enrollment materials for Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) try these links:

Extra Help resources from CMS

Partnering with CMS Center

“Benefits Check-Up” online tool

Additional information about the Medicare prescription drug benefit is available through the following links:



Arkansas’ Medicare Drug Plans is posted HERE.

Training Teleconferences and Archive   – The SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated with Mental Illness (ADS Center) hosts approximately six free training teleconferences annually. These events generally consist of two or more formal presentations followed by an open forum. Participants present and discuss the most up-to-date research and information about stigma and stigma-reduction programs and topics, as well as share experiences, and expertise on efforts to counteract discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness.

Since scheduling conflicts often prevent many stakeholders from joining in the live events, the teleconference trainings are archived online for individuals or groups to utilize at their convenience. To download complete presentations and listen to the audio recordings, visit the ADS Center Web site at

Instructions for play and download are included here also.

We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions: stopstigma@samhsa.hhs.gov

The SAMHSA ADS Center is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.

South Central MIRECC Communiqué – A publication by the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center.


Disability Rights Center  provides assistance regarding issue of rights information and advocacy services regarding education, housing, employment and post secondary higher education, abuse and neglect issues, access to community services, etc.

Arkansas Advocates for Children

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

NOLO.com – This site has do it yourself legal help that can assist you in writing your will, forming an LLC, creating a living trust, incorporating a business, filing a provisional patient application as well as many other things. For more information visit: http://www.nolo.com/

Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System –   Although this book provides information and critical resources on how to help when an individual with mental illness becomes involved with the criminal justice system in Maryland much of the information is useful for persons living in Arkansas. The book has a focus on the mental health and criminal justice systems of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Beyond Punishment addresses helping an individual in jail awaiting trial, in prison serving a sentence or on probation or parole. It also discusses ways to help prevent a mental health crisis from leading to an arrest and subsequent involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as how to get mental health crisis services. Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System now can be purchased for $19.95 as a trade paperback on Amazon.com.  Click here to purchase Beyond Punishment on Amazon.com If you looking for specific information and do not want to buy the entire booklet please click here to access topic specific fact sheets.