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The NAMI WA conference brings together people living with mental illness, family members, legal, medical, and research professionals, and providers, over three days to advance and explore the Road to Recovery: Mental Health Matters, for not only those living with mental illness but also the community as a whole.

The theme of the 2016 NAMI Washington State Conference - The Road to Recovery: Mental Health Matters - reflects our deep commitment to provide information and support to those who struggle, and to recognize and celebrate those who seek and find recovery. Taking an active part in one's own recovery involves self-awareness, persistence and support from peers and others.

The conference's keynotes and sessions will highlight the many roads to recovery and how individuals' journeys add up to meaningful, positive, experiences of living with mental illness; deeper, more effective involvement of families, friends and advocates; and stronger, more responsive systems of care. Scroll down past ticket sales for more event information!

NAMI Washington 2016 Annual State Conference

NAMI Washington

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

NAMI Washington 2016 Annual State Conference

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird NAMI Member 2-day Ended $175.00 $10.62
Early Bird NAMI Member 3-day Ended $200.00 $11.99
Early Bird Non-Member Ended $250.00 $14.74
NAMI Member 2-day Ended $200.00 $11.99
NAMI Member 3-day Ended $225.00 $13.37
Non-member Ended $275.00 $16.12
Late NAMI Member 2-day 1d 9h 30m $250.00 $14.74
Late NAMI Member 3-day 1d 9h 30m $275.00 $16.12
Late Non-Member 1d 9h 30m $325.00 $18.87
2-day Guest Meal (Friday and Saturday) 1d 9h 30m $115.00 $7.32
3-day Guest Meal (all meals) 1d 9h 30m $140.00 $8.69
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Preliminarly Conference Schedule

Friday, September 30, 2016 

Pre-Conference Workshop (3.5 CLE)
Mental Illness & the Justice System
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
This workshop is FREE, and registration for it is separate from registration for the Conference.

This half-day CLE will help public defenders, prosecutors, investigators, members of the judicial system, social workers, and members of law enforcement understand how Washington’s legal system responds to people with mental illness. It will provide an opportunity to hear directly from people living with mental illness, discuss the barriers to treatment, as well as explain the impact of legal financial obligations and ethical challenges in representing people living with mental illness. Workshop components include:

  • Mental Illness 101
  • Panel Discussion on Recovery: Hearing from People Living with Mental Illness
  • Challenges, Barriers to Treatment, Punishment Instead of Treatment and Legal Financial Obligations
  • Ethical Challenges in Representing People living with Mental Illness

1:00 PM

Plenary Sessions
Keynote – The Road to Recovery: Personal and Professional

  • Jim Vollendroff, Director - King County Behavioral Health
  • Joshua Jones, MD, Medical Director – Peninsula Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Organizations: A panel with three BHOs

  • Anders Edgerton, Salish BHO
  • Jim Vollendroff, King County BHO
  • Julie Lindberg, Molina – SW Washington
  • John Freeburg, Consumer and member of Salish BHO

 Updates from the State: DSHS, Western State Hospital and the Department of Corrections

  • Chris Imhoff, Director, DSHS Behavioral Health & Recovery
  • Cheryl Strange, CEO, Western State Hospital
  • Devon Schrum, Assistant Secretary for Re-Entry, Department of Corrections

Dinner KeynoteMary Giliberti, NAMI Executive Director

Saturday, October 1, 2016 Workshops

From an Idea to Law: Championing Legislation (Breakfast Plenary) - This workshop provides a step-by-step guide for how to take an idea or identified problem in the behavioral health system, turn that idea into a bill, and shepherd that bill through the legislative process to become law.  Ricky’s law, which passed this year, will be used as a case study.

Stepping Up Initiative: Pacific County Partnership to Reduce the Number of People Living with Mental Illness in Jail - Two million individuals with mental illness are admitted to our nation’s jails annually. These individuals are often incarcerated for nonviolent offences, and become trapped in a revolving door of arrest and re-arrest. Community partnerships designed to connect individuals to needed services will be reviewed, and other options for solutions will be discussed.

Recovery from Psychosis: Get Help Early - Living life after a psychotic episode is not only possible, but is attainable for all. Through this interactive and collaborative workshop, attendees with be informed about early psychosis interventions happening now in Washington State, how they benefit individuals, as well as best practices for how to be an early intervener.

Opiate Addiction & Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Program in Clallam County - The Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is a new program using area law enforcement officers, clinicians, government agencies, and community volunteers to connect with persons with addiction issues. The workshop will explore the PAARI efforts to date, lessons learned, successes, and challenges in efforts to get persons off the street and into treatment.

Here’s Hope: Assistive Technology Supporting Positive Mental Health - Assistive Technology (AT) can be used as an innovative way to provide support for individuals with mental health issues. This presentation will discuss use of AT in the workplace or classroom, and cover specific applications to maintain stability and productivity. Discussion of ADL’s, home independence and monitoring will be included.

Saving Lives by Empowering Families: Understanding HIPPA - Many families seek assistance for navigating the mental health system and to obtain more information. This workshop will provide reassurance that requests for more information are both proper and beneficial to those living with mental illness. Therapeutic, legal, and ethical bases for communication will be explained where, without a release of information, a family member is at elevated risk of suicide.

Community Programs with the 1/10th of 1% MIDD Tax - Essential behavioral health services are not typically funded through private insurance or Medicaid. This workshop will demonstrate examples of programs and services that work – one such highlighted program will be the City of Tacoma’s Police Co-Responder Program, which diverts individuals experiencing mental illness symptoms and committing minor crimes to community-based treatments in lieu of incarceration.

The Many Faces of Dissociative Identity Disorder - This workshop brings awareness to a condition often misdiagnosed, sensationalized, and feared by those uniformed. This sessions speakers will speak candidly about living with D.I.D., often a hidden and misunderstood condition, to show attendees how normal their lives are and yet, how very unique. 

Embracing Complexity: Using Collective Impact in the Decriminalization of Mental Illness (Lunch Plenary) - This presentation will introduce attendees to social forces contributing to the criminalization of the mentally ill. Once this framework of understanding is built, a new organizational construct now being used will be explained in the hope of addressing the injustices currently put against those with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

Suicide Intervention, Prevention and Recovery - This workshop will cover how to recognize warning signs of suicide, how to practice empathetic listening, how to ask directly about suicide, the importance of removing dangerous means when a person is at-risk, and how to connect someone at-risk to an appropriate resource for care.

Recovery through Storytelling and Writing  - Artistic expression is one way through which individuals living with mental illness, and their loved ones, can express their thoughts and feelings. This workshop will emphasize two different avenues for artistic expression: storytelling and writing, as well as way to get youth involved in such artistic healing. 

Population 20,000: Mental Health Services in a Small Town - Group discussion and activities will explore the challenges and opportunities of working and living in a small community. Attendees will examine boundary and ethical considerations, tactics and strategies for working in a community lacking resources, and how to build on the strengths and opportunities presented by a small town. 

Healing Mistrust within Systems - Many approach mental health as a label needing to be fixed/ corrected, often labeling African Americans and People of Color. Atlantic Street Center implements a Community-Based Approach to help this population and associated providers. Gain tools and an understanding of how current systems benefit from using this approach to help African American and minority youth succeed.

The LGBTQ Community & Mental Health Issues - Members of the LGBTQ Community face discrimination that can impact their mental health. Through this workshop, participants will increase awareness of the issues experienced on a personal, community, and institutional level by Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuals and Transsexual people and communities. Learn preferred terminology as well as how to create more inclusive services and programs. 

Spiritual Support for Mental Illness - Recovery from an episode of mental illness can be supported from all aspects of life. Learn how important the spiritual aspect of healing can be for people living with mental illness and their loved ones or caregivers. This non-denominational presentation will illustrate the power of spirituality in the healing process.

Post Traumatic Growth: Seeing the Veteran Experience through a New Lens - The military and media send mixed, and often negative, messages to service-members about mental health: “get over it,” “meet the military family life counselor,” “fill out this security clearance, if you answer yes to #21 your career is over.” This workshop discusses PTSD and military-specific barriers, building upon those concepts to shift the message to one of Post-Traumatic Growth.

Employment, Housing, Mental Illness, and Your Rights - Successful and gainful employment goes a long way in increasing long-term stability for people living with mental illnesses, but many are unaware of how the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) can support them. Sponsored by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, this workshop will increase understanding of programs supporting those living with mental illnesses, and how the ADA can be better understood. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016 Workshops

Hearing Voices and Gaining Peace - The Hearing Voices Movement is a powerful force that advocates genuine human relationships, self-determination, personal strength, and respect. Come see how this group can influence the community of Port Angeles and how the model can foster recovery for folks who have had negative experiences with voices.

Towards Healing in Hoarding: Working with Families and Professionals - What is it like to live with someone else’s hoarding disorder? How do you raise concerns with a family member about their hoarding? This workshop focuses on the impacts of Hoarding Disorder on individual’s’ families and community, and aims to provide information on interventions and treatment options for providers.

Breakthroughs in Intervention - Diversion Programs at Work in Washington - For thousands of people with mental health challenges in Washington State, the key to recovery has been found in a courtroom. Through jail diversion programs and Crisis Triage facilities in Washington and across the nation, individuals in need of assistance are able to receive help in the appropriate setting.

Correctional Officer De-Escalation Education (CODE) - The purpose of the CODE project is to create, distribute and conduct a Correctional Officers training program (Correctional Officers De-escalation Education) based on the CIT model providing concrete examples of how to manage inmates with mental illness in daily operations, including effective communication, skillful intervention and monitoring guidelines as well as successful de-escalation strategies.

Closing Brunch Keynote: Perfect Chaos – A daughter’s journey to survive bipolar, a mother’s struggle to save her.
Linea and Cinda Johnson


Can I attend the conference for only one (1) day?
Not at this time - for the full experience of what we have to offer, only 2 or 3 day attendance is available
What does registration cover?
The price of registration covers access to the conference, vendors, art show, and the following meals: Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Three (3) day registration includes all meals, two (2) day registration includes Friday dinner, and all meals on Saturday.
Registration does not include the cost of the hotel.
What are the hotel rates?
The Red Lion has reserved rooms at a conference rates of $115.92/ water view/ per night (includes tax and fees), or $105.92/ non-view/ per night (includes tax and fees).
How do I make a reservation at the Red Lion Hotel?
You can make a reservation by calling (360) 452-9215, or by going to their website.  You must use the code NATI0929 to receive the conference rate!

Can I buy meals for guests?
Yes! You can purchase guest meal passes at the following rates:
2-day (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner): $115
3-day (all meals): $140
How do I register my art for the art show?
Art show participants are able to enter two (2) pieces of art into the art show. Click here for the registration form, as well as further art show rules. 
How do I nominate someone for an award?
If you know or have worked with someone who deserves recognition, click here to access the award nomination form. There are 11 different awards, and you can submit as many nominations as you want.
Can guests attend the conference workshops?
No, only registered conference attendees can come to the workshops.
Are there scholarships available to cover registration costs?
Yes! One is the NAMI Washington Conference Scholarship. You're eligible to apply if you're a NAMI member in good standing. Click here to apply. NAMI Seattle offers scholarships for King County residents only (this is different from the NAMI Washington scholarship). Click here to visit the NAMI Seattle website for more information. 
Can I apply to both scholarships?
Will Continuing Education Units/Hours be offered for any plenary sessions or workshops?
Yes! We expect that every plenary session and workshop will have CEU credits, and will update this information as we have it.

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The Red Lion Hotel
221 N. Lincoln
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

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The mission of NAMI Washington is to improve the quality of life for individuals with severe mental illnesses and their families. We are dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families and the wider community.

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