NAMI Eastside is looking for dedicated Committee members for our Public Policy Committee.

 

Are you interested in getting involved in legislative issues, making a state-wide impact, and getting to know your elected officials?

 

Members meet every 1st Thursday of the month from 7-8:30PM at the NAMI Eastside office.

 

Please Contact Megan@nami-eastside.org if you are interested in joining.

 

Public Policy OVERVIEW

NAMI Eastside advocates for improvements to our mental health delivery system in terms of access to care, standards of care, continuity of care, recovery, housing and rehabilitation. We hope you will find time to participate in advocacy activities or contact elected officials about critical public policy issues.

 

Please contact us for more information. By working together we can bring about much needed changes to mental health support services!

Committee

The Public Policy Committee meets every first Thursday of the month 7-8:30PM at NAMI Eastside's Office. 16225 87th Street Suite A9, Redmond, WA 98052.

 

Contact megan@nami-eastside.org if you are interested in joining.

CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS

NAMI Eastside encourages everyone to take action on a daily basis to reduce the shame and stigma that is wrongly associated with mental illness. Become knowledgeable about the facts surrounding mental health conditions and when appropriate share this information with friends, employers, public officials and especially the media.

 

When you make contact with your elected representatives you help them to understand in a personal way what is the impact of laws and policies they implement. It is most effective to meet in person when you can but there are many other ways to communicate such as phone, e-mail and fax. Please include a mention of your relationship to NAMI Eastside.

 

 

Contact information for local elected officials:

http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/default.aspx

REDUCING THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS

"...Thanks to research and the experiences of millions of individuals who have a mental disorder, their family members, and other advocates, the nation has the power today to tear down the most formidable obstacle to future progress in the arena of mental illness and health. That obstacle is stigma. Stigmatization of mental illness is an excuse for inaction and discrimination that is inexcusably outmoded... We have acquired an immense amount of knowledge that permits us, as a nation, to respond to the needs of persons with mental illness in a manner that is both effective and respectful." – From Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General.

 

NAMI Eastside encourages everyone to take action on a daily basis to reduce the shame and stigma that is wrongly associated with mental illness. Become knowledgeable about the facts surrounding brain disorders and when appropriate share this information with friends, employers, public officials and especially the media.

 

NAMI Eastside is seeking family members and consumers to relate their Civil Commitment Court experiences. What went well and what didn’t go well, expectations VS reality, and opinions on how to improve the system.

 

The NAMI Eastside Board of Directors is advocating for some modifications in the current system and gathering information is part of the process.

CONTACT INFO

16225 NE 87th Street

Suite A-9

Redmond, WA 98052

425-885-NAMI (6264)

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday(8 AM - 4 PM)

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