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!

Candidate Questionnaire

 

NAMI Eastside's Public Policy group has compiled a list of questions for our candidates. Once we start receiving answers from locals running for State Legislator, King County Council or City Councils, we will post them here. Please check back as these candidates will be addressing important issues regarding our Mental Health System and may alter they way you vote this election.

 

If you are a candidate and would like to fill out the questionnaire, choose from the following:

 

State Legislator Candidate

King County Council Candidate

City Council Candidate

 

After you fill out the questionnaire, please keep an eye out for an email from the head of the NAMI Eastside Public Policy Committee confirming your answers to be posted for our followers to view.

For any questions please contact Barbra at barbra.n.chevalier@gmail.com

City Council Answers:

 

Bellevue:

Conrad Lee

Karol Brown

Lynne Robinson

Randy Grein

 

Bothell:

Vicki Somppi

 

Redmond:

Steve Fields

 

Sammamish:

Karen Howe

 

King County Council Answers:

 

John Murphy

State Legislator Answers:

 

45th District:

Manka Dhingra

 

48th District:

Michelle Darnell

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

 

Are you interested in getting involved in local issues, making a community-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 Barbra at barbra.n.chevalier@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.

 

Meetings

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 Barbra at barbra.n.chevalier@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.

NAMI Smarts For Advocacy

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

 

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a series of three 1-2 hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training that develop the following skills:

 

  • Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds
  • Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call
  • Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official
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The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.

 

Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask," but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to.

 

Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions also love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers.

 

Contact Michele at Michele@nami-eastside.org to get on the wait-list.

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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