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Teri’s Thoughts

It’s that time of year again, for legislative actions and the hubbub of law making! February 20th marks Lobby Day for NAMI in the WA state legislature, and representatives from NAMI Spokane will be headed to Olympia to advocate for legislative priorities important to our mission. Some of the points NAMI will be advocating for are:

  • A change to the Involuntary Treatment standard, changing the verbiage “imminent” to “substantial likelihood”.
  • Support the enhancement of state funded Clubhouses, such as Evergreen club, here in Spokane.
  • Support training, employment, and adequate compensation of Certified Peer Specialists.
  • Support funding of expanded Permanent Supportive Housing and Supportive Employment programs and services.
  • Support Diversion and Re-entry programs, to keep those with mental illness from being held in jails when treatment is a more appropriate action.
  • Increase system capacity for children’s mental health services.
  • Protect revenue for Health and Safety Net services.

These are only a few of the legislative actions we will be advocating for. For more information, visit and search “legislative priority”. Thank you for your support of NAMI Spokane, so we can continue to do this valuable advocacy work!

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