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NAMI Washington 2019 Annual State Conference

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Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM (PDT)

NAMI Washington 2019 Annual State Conference

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird NAMI Member
Early Bird Conference Registration for Friday & Saturday, October 4-5, 2019. Includes the following meals: Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.
Sep 7, 2019 $150.00 $10.76
Early Bird Non-Member
Early Bird Conference Registration for Friday & Saturday, October 4-5, 2019. Includes the following meals: Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.
Sep 7, 2019 $175.00 $12.29
Friday Dinner Guest Meal
For guests of registered conference attendees who are not attending the conference but will be joining NAMI WA for meals. Guest meal tickets are available for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.
Sep 30, 2019 $40.00 $4.06
Saturday Lunch Guest Meal Sep 30, 2019 $35.00 $3.77
All Meals Guest Sep 30, 2019 $65.00 $5.59
Scholarship Fund Donation
Make a donation to support scholarships for those in need to attend the conference.
Sep 30, 2019 Enter donation ($)

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Moving Mental Health Forward for 40 Years: What Will the Next 40 Years Bring?

“We can no longer afford to be silenced by stigma or stymied by misguided ideas that portray these conditions as a matter of weakness or moral failing."  - Lady Gaga; Musician, Actress

In 1979 a handful of people gathered around a kitchen table to help each other navigate a confusing mental health system filled with barriers. They may not have known each other well beforehand, but their shared concern for those living with a mental illness brought them together. Each of them wanted to do what they could to ensure those they cared about were able to live lives with as many opportunities as the next person, unhindered by the stigma surrounding mental illness. On that day, the grassroots movement of NAMI began.

Fast forward 40 years and it’s 2019. Mental health is no longer only discussed behind closed doors, if discussed at all. Instead it is something screened for in doctors’ offices around the world. In schools there is an increased awareness about the symptoms and signs of mental illnesses in young adults and adolescents, and more information is easily available about what to do when you see someone exhibiting these signs. Counseling and self-care services are available literally at the push of a button through countless apps on your phone. Indeed, there are even movies and TV shows created around the idea that those living with mental illnesses should not be feared or locked away, but helped and understood. The knowledge that everyone is susceptible to a mental illness, that everyone struggles with mental health challenges at some point in their life, or in the life of someone they love, has become a rallying cry to many.

With every technological advance or medical insight there are always questions – how will integrated healthcare work? Will apps replace counselors? Does increased coverage around mental health actually increase understanding and decrease stigma? We may not have all these answers yet, but we have seen in recent years how others are willing to step up to the plate and continue moving the cause of mental health forward. More and more young people are advocating for improved policies, increased resources and equitable access to mental health supports, and even celebrities are adding their voices, but there are still individuals too burdened to share their stories or to seek help, and until that changes there is more to do. A lot has changed in the past 40 years, but much remains to be done.

These are the themes to be explored at NAMI Washington’s 2019 Annual Statewide Conference: reflection on the past and inspiration for the future; lessons learned and resulting in new directions; building on accomplishments to date; and moving forward with courage and creativity.

Conference Program

  • Experiential Group Therapy: Approaches for Mental Health Professionals Working with People in Crisis
  • 2020 Legislative Priorities
  • Creating the Future for POC Mental Health in Washington
  • Shaping the Future for Wounded Warriors - A Review of Current Government Initiatives Relating to Medical Care of Veterans and Support for their Families
  • Training Family and Caregivers in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis-Informed Skills Within the Context of a CBTp State Provider Network (2 Parts - Pre-Registration Required)
  • Law Enforcement 101: Critical Information for Non-Law Enforcement in Crisis Situations
  • Infusion of Inclusion
  • Strengthening Families Protective Framework
  • How Increased Understanding and Openness are Helping People Tackle Tarditive Dyskansia
  • Mental Health Workforce for the Future: Building Education and Career Pathways for a Recovery Oriented Society
  • Bringing Specialty Care to Individuals Experiencing their First Episode Psychosis: Washington State's New Journeys Network
  • 1-940 Police De-Escalation and Crisis Intervention Teams
  • R.E.A.D.Y - Real Emergency Aid Depends on You - "The CPR for Mental Health Crises"
  • Trueblood: Diversion, Re-Entry, and Recovery
  • Thriving with Bipolar Disorder: A Panel of Asian American Perspectives
  • Foundational Community Supports - Housing & Employment
  • Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner's (OIC) Access to Behavioral Health Services Grant Project - Are Consumers Receiving Needed Services in the Private Health Insurance Market?
  • "I Got This!": Using Technology to Take Control of Your Symptoms

What does registration cover?
The price of registration covers access to the conference, vendors, art show, and the following meals: Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch and snacks. 

Are there any hotels NAMI WA has a Conference Rate with? What is that rate information?
Our Conference Host Hotel is the Howard Johnson Plaza by Wyndham, located at 9 N 9th St, Yakima, WA 98901. Conference Guests should call the front desk at 509-452-6511 and reference the NAMI WA Conference and October 4-5 stay dates in order to get the discounted Conference Rate. The rate is $89.00 + tax per night and includes breakfast every morning. 

Can I buy meals for guests?
Yes! You can purchase guest meal passes at the following rates:

  • Friday Dinner: $40
  • Saturday Lunch: $35
  • All Meals: $65

How do I register my art for the art show?
Art show participants are able to enter three (3) pieces of art into the art show. The form is available HERE, and on the NAMI Washington website.

Can guests attend the conference workshops?
No, only registered conference attendees can come to the workshops. Guests may eat meals with us if you purchase meal tickets for them.

Are there scholarships available to cover registration costs?
Yes! One is the John Freeburg 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 it gets confirmed.

What if I need a refund?
A full refund is available up to 30 days before the event. Only partial refunds will be available less than 30 days prior to the event. A 50% partial refund will be issued until September 20th. From September 21st to September 30th a 25% refund will be issued, and no refunds will be issues after October 1st. Please direct all refund requests to

Have questions about NAMI Washington 2019 Annual State Conference? Contact NAMI Washington

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When & Where

Yakima Convention Center
10 N 8th St
Yakima, WA 98901

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM (PDT)

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NAMI Washington

NAMI Washington's mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness. We do this by providing a statewide, unifying voice of advocacy and coordinating the delivery of education, support and recovery. NAMI Washington trains affiliate volunteers to teach and lead NAMI's programs in their communities.

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