Recovery is possible and this can be achieved by continuing to build a comprehensive system of care. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington with our 19 affiliates advocate at the state level for an increase to access to a continuum of services, a fully funded behavioral health system, prioritization of prevention and early intervention, and decriminalization of behavioral health conditions.
NAMI Washington recognizes that there have been significant investments and improvements to the state’s behavioral health system. However, many Washingtonians still face crises in the face of systemic barriers that impede access to recovery. Change is still critically needed to adequately and effectively fund services; decriminalize mental illness, address the rising rates of homelessness, bolster meaningful accountability, and holistically meet the needs of people with behavioral health conditions.
In 2021, NAMI Washington will lead advocacy efforts to improve access to timely and effective behavioral health treatment and supports in the face of racial injustices, an economic downturn, and a global pandemic. NAMI WA will also analyze, position, and advocate as appropriate, introduced legislation that falls within scope of our key elements to a comprehensive behavioral health system document.
NAMI Washington's 2021 Legislative Priorities are available by clicking HERE, where you can also follow our bill tracking and sign up to advocate with us!
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