Welcome to the NAMI-Pierce Website!

We are the Pierce County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

We are your neighbors.  Our whole purpose is to support individuals and families whose lives have been touched by the challenges of mental illness.  Why? Because we have been touched by these challenging conditions ourselves. 

We have walked - and are walking - in your shoes every day as individuals living with a mental illness or their family members.

And things work better if we can take this journey together and support each other along the way.

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Washington Supreme Court Finds "Boarding" Unconstitutional by 9 - 0 Vote

On August 7, the Supreme Court of Washington unanimously upheld Pierce County Commissioner Craig Adams and Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelson’s earlier rulings concerning psychiatric boarding.  In In the Matter of the Detention of D.W.” they found “the Involuntary Treatment Act does not authorize psychiatric boarding as a method to avoid overcrowding of certified evaluation and treatment facilities.”

NAMI Washington joined Disability Rights Washington in filing an amici curia brief in support of the patients.

Family-to-Family starting September 23rd, 2014!

Local Author Writes About Her Family's Experience With Mental Illness

“Shaking Shame from Mental Illness” is a memoir with a message of hope for anyone who has suffered from depression or trauma.

Tacoma author Evonne Agnello describes dealing with and finally accepting the suicide of her 85-year-old father and four years later, the suicide of her brother. Evonne is available for talks to service clubs and organizations. She is a member of NAMI Pierce County.

NAMI Pierce County Mission Statement



(Focus on what will occur if we succeed)

NAMI Pierce County will be a part of a coalition of services that support our Pierce County friends and neighbors living with mental illness the help and hope they need.


(Why do we exist?  Who are our customers?  What do we produce?  Where do we operate?)


Jordan Binion Project Educates Local High Schoolers About Mental Illness

The Jordan Binion Project is a non-profit organization set up exclusively for the purpose of educating high school students about mental illness.  The Jordan Binion Project was founded by Willie and Deborah Binion in 2013. 


Congress Considering Major Federal Mental Health Care Changes

What is 135 pages long and could significantly change how the Federal government delivers mental health care services?  The answer is H.R. 3717 “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013.”  This Bill was introduced by Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) who is also a psychologist.  The Bill took its first step towards passage with a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Health.  Passage is not assured.  It will likely be a long and twisting journey before it is enacted and signed into law.

The Grave Concerns Association Restoring Western State Hospital Patients' Cemetery

the years more than 3,000 former Western State Hospital patients were buried on the Hospital grounds in graves marked only by a number.  Today the old Western State Hospital Cemetery is located within Fort Steilacoom Park.

The Grave Concerns Association grew from John Lucas’s desire to rededicate the prairie cemetery.  The Grave Concerns Association is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of this historic cemetery.  The goal is to recognize each patient by replacing their numbered stone with a gravestone bearing their name.


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