WSCC believes families should know how to advocate for services that meet the needs of each family member. We provide information, resources, and training to support families in sharing their voices to impact system improvements.
WSCC is not affiliated with any special interest group.
We believe in whole-person care and advocate for appropriate and equitable services for all people.
How to Advocate in Washington State for behavioral health services
Here is a video from wapave.org on how to Quick Start Your Advocacy In 2 Steps.
There are many different opportunities to advocate in our state. One place for parents to have a real effect on our family serving systems is by participating in the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Work Group and its sub-groups.
A resource for legislative policy related to children in our state is an organization called Partners For Our Children. This organization has a bill tracker, legislative updates and other useful and timely information related to our legislature.
NAMI Washington (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has a detailed Policy & Advocacy section.
Washington State’s Legislative website page is leg.wa.gov. By clicking Participating in the Process from the home page, you can provide written testimony or sign up to testify when a bill you want to support is being heard before a committee in the state House or Senate.
Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA) has a public policy page where you can track initiatives related to behavioral health.
Disability Rights Washington maintains a website page called Public Policy and Community Mobilization, where you can sign up for updates about their legislative advocacy priorities.
Children’s Alliance maintains an Action Center to advance public policies, priorities, and programs related to children’s health and mental wellness.
The League of Education Voters pursues initiatives during each legislative session to close opportunity gaps and create a more equitable education system.