Our Mission

The mission of the Latah Alliance on Mental Illness (LAMI) is to provide individuals with severe and persistent mental illness a safe housing opportunity and reach their full potential by living within and participating in a family-like environment. We promote de-stigmatization of mental illness through community education and awareness. We facilitate support groups within the Moscow community for people with severe and persistent mental illness and their support systems. LAMI also provides education and advocacy by speaking at events, leading discussions, and educating the general public about mental health.

About LAMI

Latah Alliance on Mental Illness (LAMI) was incorporated in April of 1977 by a group of family members with concerns for persons living with mental illnesses.   


In 1988, when HUD announced the Stuart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act for housing for the handicapped homeless, Governor Cecil B. Andrus executed contracts with HUD.  Latah Mental Health, Inc. then applied for a grant to establish a residence for persons with mental illnesses. In November of 1988, a grant to Latah Mental Health was received with $52,142 from HUD, $26,000 from Idaho Housing and the local match of $26,000.  In January of 1989, the name of Latah Mental Health was changed to Latah Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Inc.


A Certificate of Occupancy was received on September 8, 1989 and the first resident moved into the home on September 15, 1989. A House Director was hired to provide part time oversight and support to the residents.  By November 1989 there were four residents and in April, 1990, there were five residents.


The wiring in the House was redone in 1990 and the ramp was added subsequently for handicapped access.  Development of policy, a governing board, a budget and operating procedures then occurred with careful oversight by Idaho Housing.During this period, support group activities were also carried on by the Latah Alliance which signed and implemented a contract to support and establish a NAMI/Idaho organization.  The Latah Alliance consisted of a very small core of highly dedicated persons who were devoted to better care and services for persons with mental illness.

How LAMI is Funded 

LAMI Alliance House is located in Moscow, ID and serves individuals who need residential support.  Alliance House provides residence for up to six adults with severe and persistent mental illness who have had difficulty with living independently in the past.   Residents agree to pay eighty percent (80%) of the total monthly income to cover the expenses of the house. Alliance House provides the residents with a food stipend for Winco Foods monthly to assist with food costs.

In addition to each resident’s monthly rent, LAMI receive it’s support from charitable organizations, government entities and receives donations from private individuals. There are also several fundraising events in the community that the board members regularly participate. When in need of additional services or supplies for maintaining the house, we are fortunate to receive the communities support through items purchased at a reduced cost and donations of items



LAMI also supports and collaborates with the Moscow chapter of Wellness Recovery Action Planning support program.  The WRAP program provides local adults within our community with severe and persistent mental illness with weekly peer-led support and education meetings.  Additionally, the family support group meetings occur every month on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Latah Recovery Center.

Alliance House:

LAMI Alliance House is located in Moscow, ID and serves individuals who reside in Latah County.  Alliance House provides residence to up to six adults with severe and persistent mental illness who have had difficulty with living independently in the past.  There is a part time House Director who is available to support the residents approximately 20 hours per week and is a support for emergency situations.  The House Director is responsible for safety and well being of the residents, maintaining all resident files, crisis intervention, ensuring a safe and
healthy living environment, and providing ongoing communication to the Board of Directors regarding the needs of the resident and/or home maintenance.

Education, Outreach and Advocacy:

Education, Outreach and Advocacy services are provided to the community to support and advance the well-being and recovery of persons who have mental illnesses, their families and their communities. LAMI promotes the better understanding of mental illnesses, the needs and abilities of persons with mental illness diagnoses, the impact of those illnesses on their families and the overall value of inclusion in their communities by educating our communities on these issues.

Board of Directors 

The Board of Directors is comprised of the following individuals:


  • Jessica Perone
    • President; Faculty Consultant at Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement

  • Anya Sheftel, Ph.D.
    • Vice-President and Secretary; Psychologist at Palouse River Counseling

  • Zoe Cooley
    • Member at-large; parent/advocate and NAMI member

  • Nikki Stypa, Psy.D.
    • Secretary; Director of Assessment at Washington State University Counseling and Psychological Services

  • Sharlisa Davis
    • WRAP Coordinator - Moscow Chapter

  • Gayle Renzelman
    • Contract bookkeeper; non-voting member

  • Marie Gray
    • ​Member at large; WSU Prevention Science Graduate student

All of the LAMI Board of Directors members are residents of Latah or Whitman counties and are involved in other local initiatives to benefit the well-being of Palouse residents.

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P.O. Box 8654 Moscow, ID 83843 | LAMI.Advocacy@gmail.com