2018 NAMI Lobby Day - February 19th, 2018

175 NAMI members and supporters engaged their local legistlators on NAMI Lobby Day. The 2018 legislative session was one of the busiest in recent memory, with bills being introduced and receiving public hearings at a rate beyond what many can remember. NAMI Washington tracked more than 90 pieces of legislation relating to mental/behavioral health. Of those, NAMI Washington supported 75, opposed six, and was neutral on nine. We focused on four priority bills, all of which passed the Legislature. These bills improve youth and student mental health, work to decriminalize behavioral health conditions, and improve access to treatment. Download our full 2018 legislative report here.

For more information, contact Brad Forbers, NAMI Washington's Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What did NAMI Day look like in 2017?

2017 Legislative Priorities

Modifying the language of Washington's Patient Privacy Law (HB1477/SB5400)

Children's Mental Health Legislation (HB1713/SB5763, HB1621, HB1377)

Involuntary Treatment Act Standard Change (HB1259)

Dynamic Fiscal Impact (SB5443/HB1960)

Fully Funding a Comprehensive Behavioral Health System in Washington 

Check out our work during the 2016 Legislative Session Below

2016 Legislative Priorities

Protect Access to Quality Mental Health Services

Improve the Quality of Life for People Living with Mental Illness and Decriminalize Mental Illness

Ensure the Fiscal Sustainability of a Quality Mental Health Care System

NAMI Day 2016 was a tremendous success with over 145 mental health advocates joining us from around the state.  Our efforts will continue through the entire legislative session, and if you would like to receive our Mental Health Action Alerts email Lauren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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