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Make your voice heard!

NAMI members and supporters are the most effective people to educate legislators about mental illness and the need to change our current "mental illness" system to a "mental health" system.

 

Join NAMI Washington members from across the state for our virtual Lobby Week (taking the place of our annual in-person lobby day in Olympia). Our Lobby Week will include a week of opportunities to take action from virtual events to legislative appointments throughout the week of February 21st through the 25th.

REGISTER FOR NAMI SMARTS LOBBY SKILLS TRAININGS!

Beginning February 7th and running through February 18th, NAMI Washington will be offering pre-lobby day (week) trainings, and an information session on our legislative priorities.

 

Trainings Week of February 7th

February 7, 2022 6:00-8:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Telling Your Story REGISTER HERE

February 8, 2022 6:00-8:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Budget REGISTER HERE

February 9, 2022 6:00-8:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Meeting Your Lawmaker REGISTER HERE

February 10, 2022 6:00-7:00 PM - Introduction to NAMI Washington's 2022 Legislative Priorities REGISTER HERE

 

Trainings Week of February 14th

February 14, 2022 - 2:00-4:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Telling Your Story REGISTER HERE

February 15, 2022 - 12:00-2:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Budget REGISTER HERE

February 16, 2022 - 12:00-2:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Meeting Your Lawmaker REGISTER HERE

February 17, 2022 - 2:00-3:00 PM - Introduction to NAMI Washington's 2022 Legislative Priorities REGISTER HERE

Lobby Day Schedule (2/21/2022)

 

Monday 2/21:

■     9:00AM-10:30AM - Welcome, Legislative Update, and Issues Brief: 

○     9:05-9:15 Welcome: 

○     9:15-9:45AM – Legislative Priorities Talking Points 

○     9:45-10:30 – Lawmaker Keynotes

■     HB1735 

■     HB1773/SB5645 

■     HB1688/SB5618 

○     10:30-10:50 Questions from members

■     10:50AM-11:00AM - BREAK

■     11:00AM-12:00 PM - Presentation: Get to know the history of our State's behavioral health systems: 

■     3:00PM-4:00PM - Informal Debrief  and Q&A – Debbie Carlsen

■     Some legislative appointments will be on Monday, depending on the lawmakers' schedules, so stay tuned!

Legislative Appointments:

- Legislative appointments are meetings with your state lawmakers and/or their staff alongside other NAMI members and supporters in your legislative district. The NAMI Washington state office works with your local NAMI Affiliate office to schedule appointments with your lawmakers so you can speak with them.

- Legislative appointments will be made throughout the week of February 21st until the 25th, we are trying to get most of them on February 21st. Your local affiliate lead will follow up with you via email on the time and details of your legislative appointment after you register.

When you register for Lobby Week, make sure you know which legislative district you live in so that we can be sure you are in the correct lawmaker meeting! If you need help finding your legislative district, please click here.

Register for NAMI Washington's Lobby Week to be a part of the legislative process and make your voice heard as a mental health advocate!

Please reach out to Lauren Simonds at lsimonds@namiwa.org if you have any questions.