Download the NAMI Washington 2019 Legislative Report here.

Below are NAMI Washington's 2019 top legislative priorities:

Teaching children critical mental health skills
Providing accurate information about mental health and teaching about early intervention will encourage early intervention, shortening recovery time and reduce future costs.

Improving behavioral health options for youth & families
Improving the ability of parents to assist their youth by increasing access to information and expanding treatment options.

Supporting the Trueblood lawsuit settlement
Improves the competency and restoration process for individuals in jail with mental illness. Beyond ensuring that evaluations are done timely, the settlement focuses on diversion and policy changes to limit the number of individuals needing competency and restoration.

Investing in inpatient care and early intervention
- Support investments in community-based inpatient facilities, providing better care closer to home
- Fund housing with wrap-around services to keep people stable while they recover from a crisis
- Invest in peer support programs to allow patients to receive support from people they can relate to

If you have any questions at all, reach out to the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, Brad Forbes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.