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2015 Report to Our Community

NAMI Pierce County is an all-volunteer 501c(3) non-profit corporation and is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  NAMI Pierce County provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

We Are Implementing Our Strategic Themes

  • Our leadership identified four strategic themes in February 2015.
    • Strengthening our infrastructure,
    • Increasing our membership,
    • Increasing diverse partnerships in the community, and
    • Optimizing the value of our programs and services.
  • Several steps have been taken or are underway to strengthen our infrastructure.
    • We are partially through the NAMI national required reaffiliation process.  Completing this process will insure our continued NAMI affiliation.
    • The membership approved revised Bylaws.  This revision brings our governing Bylaws into compliance with Washington law and NAMI requirements.
    • The Board of Directors is adopting a number of formal policies to better guide our Board’s governance.
    • Storage space has been rented to consolidate and better manage our supplies.
  • We currently have 59 members.  This number is relatively unchanged from a year ago and represents no progress on our increasing membership strategic theme.
  • The year saw good progress on expanding and leveraging our community relationships to help NAMI Pierce County better serve and represent the community.

We Raise Awareness about Mental Illness

  • Our Outreach Committee expanded their information booth to 14 community events including farmers markets, health fairs, and other community events.
  • Our monthly newsletter, our website, and our information phone line fight stigma and provide education and information about mental illness and NAMI Pierce County.
  • Our Speakers Bureau and In Our Own Voice speakers spoke in the community.
  • Our monthly Gathering discussion topics included: the new Felony Mental Health Court, a health care integration update, a Western State Hospital status report, the ins and outs of applying for SSI & SSDI, & our legislative forum.
  • We sit on the steering committee of a local anti-stigma campaign alliance.

We Advocate for Improved Mental Health Care

  • 12 members visited our Pierce County state legislators on 2015 NAMI Day in Olympia successfully advocating for mental health care policy and funding improvements.
  • 2 members sit on the NAMI Washington Public Policy Committee.
  • Several NAMI Pierce County members testified for various bills before the legislature.
  • NAMI Pierce County members testified before the Pierce County Council in support of their ultimately adopting the 0.1% mental health and chemical dependency sales tax.
  • Members sit on a variety of local boards, groups and the like including the League of Women Voters, the City of Tacoma’s Human Services Commission, various Optum RSN panels, and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department’s Accountable Communities of Health.
  • We partner with other community organizations such as the Pierce County Human Resources Coalition to more broadly advocate for individuals affected by mental illness.

We Increased Our Free Mental Health Education Classes and Graduates

NAMI Signature Class

Graduates (# of Classes)

New Teachers Trained

NAMI Family-to-Family

32 (2)

3 – 2 for Buckley

NAMI Peer-to-Peer

5 (1)


NAMI Homefront

0 (0)



We Offer Free Support Groups for Individuals and Family Members Living with Mental Illness

  • Our NAMI Family & Friends Support Group meets twice monthly and has served many family members.
  • NAMI Washington facilitator training graduates – Family & Friends – 1
  • 2015 was a difficult year for our Connection Recovery Support Groups despite steady participation at two of our Connection groups.
    • Several trained facilitators are no longer volunteering to lead groups.
    • We shut down one weekly support group because of little demand.
    • We may need to further reduce the number of Connection groups if we cannot increase the number of trained facilitators.

We Are Financially Healthy