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NAMI Pierce December 2020 Announcements

NAMI Pierce County News & Announcements

What a year it’s been!  2020 will surely be etched in all our memories for years to come.  As the year comes to a close, we celebrate our volunteers for their work this year and say goodbye to the current Board of Directors as they compete their term at the end of this month.  Here’s some news and announcements of relevance as we end the year:
Volunteer Recognition Awards:  It’s a virtual event this year and everyone’s invited to attend Wednesday, Dec 16 from 6-8 pm.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to have dinner this year since it’s going to be on Zoom, but we’re looking forward to seeing you, your family, and friends online.  If you are an honoree, please RSVP to the email invitation you received with an address to mail your award to.  Everyone can log on using the link on our website at   Come celebrate our volunteers!
Save the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept:  Please write to the Pierce County Council and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammier demanding they vote NO on Proposed Ordinance No. 2020-136, which aims to dismantle the Tacoma Pierce County Health Dept during the midst of a pandemic and without community input or adequate warning. The TPCHP is a strong advocate of mental health and a partner of ours, supporting us through grants and resources. The Council will be voting on this ordinance on Dec 15 with a short opportunity for public comment prior to the vote.  You may submit your comments in writing through the following link:
Thank you to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors:  We thank the current NAMI Pierce County Board of Directors for their dedication and service during the past two years.  While most of the current officers will be returning in some capacity on the board next year, we salute Ed Tuck, who after serving 4 years as Treasurer will undertake a new role as Special Projects Coordinator under the new administration.
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Board of Directors:   We welcome the newly elected Board of Directors who will take office January 1, 2021:    Lovey Offerle (president),  Angela Sulusi (vice president), Angela Walker (2nd vice-president), Jody Horn/Leah Merritt (treasurer), Rachel Ferguson (secretary), Tara Rodriguez (Community Outreach), Kendall Simmonds (Legislation), Anjahne Brown (Community Affairs), Kaethe Fajardo (Education/Membership), Daniel Sheehan (Ex Officio).
Mental Health First Aid Classes:  The Tacoma Pierce County Health Dept will be offering both Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid classes Dec 21, 28, 29, and 30th.  If you are interested in either class or for additional information, send an email to with the Subject line: MHFA.
Holiday HoursThe Connection Support groups on December 25 and January 1 has been cancelled due to the holidays.  Our office will be closed from Dec 21 thru Jan 1 but you can still reach out to us via email at
New Programs Coming Soon We’ll be starting a Connection Support Group for active military and veterans on Mondays at 6 pm beginning Jan 11 and a Peer- to-Peer class on Thursdays for 8 weeks beginning Jan 14. A special Family-to-Family class in conjunction with the Pierce County Juvenile Court will begin the first week of Feb and a Spanish language Family-to-Family class will be offered for the first time this Spring.
NAMI Signature program training:  Interested in becoming a teacher, facilitator or presenter for one of our programs?  Here’s some upcoming training dates:

  • NAMI Ending the Silence:    March 6, 2021 | apply by Jan 17 2021
  • NAMI Family Support Group:   Feb 26-28, 2021 | apply by Jan 10 2021
  • NAMI Peer to Peer:   March 20-21, 2021 | apply by Feb 1 2021

Click here  for training applications.
NAMI Washington Annual Award Reception Join NAMI WA in honoring 2020 Community Champions, outgoing board members and staff, and Signature program State Trainers.

 Register HERE for the Awards Reception and click here to see our 2020 Award Honorees!