Make Your Voice Heard!
Join us for NAMI Day at the State Capitol!
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. Non-NAMI members are welcome to join us.
Date: February 20, 2017
Location: Temple Beth Hatifloh, 201 8th Ave SE, Olympia WA
RSVP: Please RSVP if you are attending NAMI Day. This online reservation system requires you to put in each attendee individually.
Schedule for NAMI Lobby Day
Arrival and continental breakfast
NAMI’s 2017 Legislative Priorities Briefing
Citizen Advocacy – Tips for Telling Your Story
Pick up NAMI Washington Packets for Legislative Visits
Legislative Visits Begin
Join us for a special Legislative Luncheon Reception
NAMI Washington is hosting a Legislative Luncheon Reception in Room 112 of the Legislative Building beginning at 12:00 PM. All legislators will be invited to join us. The luncheon will run from Noon – 1:00 PM; please drop in as your legislative visit schedule permits. NAMI Washington has Room 112 until 4:00 PM, and NAMI Members should feel free to come to Room 112 for their breaks, and also to find NAMI Washington staff.
How to Schedule Appointments with your Legislators
Affiliates should schedule their own appointments for NAMI members attending NAMI Day.
Please attempt to schedule appointments to begin after 10:30 AM so that NAMI members can participate in the morning advocacy training activities.
You can Find NAMI members’ legislative districts here.
Most appointments can be scheduled via an email request, although it is often better to call the legislator’s office. If you need additional assistance contact Lauren.
Once you’ve made appointments please let Lauren know your appointment times, as we do have several legislative districts which overlap between affiliates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is any food provided throughout the day? Yes, a light continental breakfast is provided at our morning session at Temple Beth Hatfiloh. Lunch is provided as part of the sponsored Legislative Luncheon taking place from Noon-1:00 PM in Room 112 of the Legislative Building. There are also cafeterias in the Legislative Building at the Dome Deli and in the Pritchard Library.
How do I get to Olympia?
Your affiliate will work to coordinate transportation to Olympia. Some affiliates set up carpools and others rent vans and buses.
Where do I park?
Parking on the street is plentiful, and FREE because February 20th is a federal holiday!
How do I get from the Temple to the Capitol Campus?
The Temple is located on the corner of 8th Ave SE and Washington St. SE, and you can either walk to the Capitol Campus as long as you have about 20 minutes, or you can take the Dash , the FREE transit, which you can pick up on Capitol Way, a short twalk from the Temple. Detailed information about Dash can be found here.
Will the Temple be open all day?
The Temple will be open to NAMI until 11:00 AM. After that time all of NAMI’s activities will move to Room 112 in the Legislative Building.
I have never visited the legislature before, will I get training on our issues and etiquette?
Yes, that is going to be covered from 9:00-10:30 AM.
Is there a NAMI Washington Board Meeting?
There is no NAMI Washington board meeting as part of this year’s Lobby Day.
I want to spend the night in Olympia on Sunday and/or Monday evening(s), how do I find accommodations.
You can find a list of hotels in the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater area here.
Please feel free to email Lauren with any questions you may have about NAMI Day.