|Rep. Paul Graves (right center) with NAMI-Eastside volunteers during "Mental Health Lobby Day."|
NAMI-Eastside members spent all day yesterday lobbying our Eastside legislators for mental health funding. Many of us asked for out-patient psychiatric services. This photo was taken of us with Representative Paul Graves in his office.
Representative Graves is in the 5th Legislative District encompassing Maple Valley, Issaquah, North Bend, Carnation and Black Diamond. He responded very favorably to our message, with sensitivity to the shame we face. He's a big advocate for foster children and is the primary sponsor of House Bill 2256 "Online Availability Of Foster Parent Preservice Training," The bill passed House and is currently under review by the Senate.
NAMI-Eastsiders lobbied 10 other legislators including: Senator Patty Kuderer, Representative Joan McBride and Representative Vandana Slatter of the 48th Legislative District; and Senator Manka Dhingra, Larry Springer, and Roger Goodman of the 45th Legislative District.
48th District resident