National Alliance on Mental Illness groups from Fairfield and surrounding areas will meet with the region's state legislators Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Fairfield to discuss state spending on mental-heath programs.

The meeting is planned from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Wakeman Hall at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road.

NAMI Fairfield will be joined for event by representatives of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, NAMI Stamford/Greenwich, and NAMI Connecticut.

The purpose of the session is to talk to lawmakers about programs that are effective for people living with mental illness and their families. NAMI said it would stress the need to continue funding cost-effective programs focused on recovery.

In a news release, NAMI said the focus would be on supportive housing, young adult services, school-based services, and mental/medical community health services.

In addition to NAMI members, representatives are expected from the region's psychiatric hospitals, community service agencies, shelters, and private non-profit service providers.

NAMI Fairfield president Judy Gardner said it was important that members contact their legislators and selectmen or mayors to urge them to attend.

The event is open to the public, is free of charge, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Judy Gardner at 203-650-3463.