Policy change is a major way we can make a difference

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Affecting positive policy change for individuals and families


NAMI Eastside advocates for improvements to our mental health delivery system.
As changemakers, we are working to bring about the policy changes that will improve access to care, standards of care, continuity of care, recovery, housing and rehabilitation. But we need your help. It is only by working together that we can bring about much needed changes to mental health support services.

Click here to track NAMI WA priority bills for the 2024 Legislative Session

You can become a MENTAL HEALTH advocate

There are practical ways you can get involved and make a difference.


Are you interested in getting involved in local issues, making a community-wide impact, and getting to know your elected officials? Please consider joining our Public Policy Committee!

The Next Public Policy Committee Meeting is March 14!
When: Second Thursday of the Month
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Where: Zoom
For questions, please email donna@nami-eastside.org

Click here to join the public policy committee!

Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Lived Experience Subcommittee

The Lived Experience Subcommittee is open to all individuals and family members with lived experience of behavioral health challenges.

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1477, establishing the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Committee and Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is responsible for developing recommendations for an integrated behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention system.

To help with this work, the Steering Committee formed the Lived Experience Subcommittee to ensure recommendations are informed by individuals and family members with lived experience of the system. The Lived Experience Subcommittee is open to all individuals and family members with lived experience of behavioral health challenges.

The next Lived Experience Subcommittee meeting is planned for Monday, March 11, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Next meeting

Monday, March 11, 1 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

Information about future meetings is available on the CRIS webpage.


NAMI Lobby Day is on Monday, February 19, 2024 in Olympia
If you want to meet legislators and advocate for mental health at the State level, this is your chance! NAMI Eastside will be joining other Washington NAMI affiliates for our annual lobby day on President's Day, Feb. 19, 2024.

Contact NAMI Eastside Public Policy Chair and Lobby Day Lead Donna Lurie at Donna@nami-eastside.org if you'd like to carpool or have questions. If your schedule or transportation is uncertain, we can accommodate!

Click here to learn more and register for NAMI Lobby Day!


Enhance your advocacy skills and learn how to shape a powerful and personal story that will move policy makers. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on mental health advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.  Join us to get step-by-step tools and the hands-on practice you need to feel clear, confident and ready to make a difference at one of our upcoming classes.

Check back here for announcements for the next Smarts training.


NAMI Eastside is looking for people with firsthand experience to relate their Civil Commitment Court experiences. The NAMI Eastside Board of Directors is advocating for modifications to the current system and is gathering information as part of the process. Please tell us what went well and what didn’t go well? How did the reality meet up with you expectations? What can be done to improve the system.

“I have come to see my two children who deal with mental illness as my heroes. They have worked hard to overcome the challenges that come with their mental health condition, to better themselves and to help others."