Pathways To Recovery Act

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HB 1499: Improving our response to substance use disorder

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Sponsors and Champion

Rep. Lauren Davis
Rep. Lauren Davis32nd Legislative District, Primary Sponsor
Rep. Davis helped to found the Washington Recovery Alliance, where she now serves as the organization’s first Executive Director. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State and served for many years on King County’s Behavioral Health Advisory Board. She is a strong champion for mental health and addiction recovery, strengthening our schools, reforming the criminal justice system, and affordable housing.
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Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley
Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley37th Legislative District, Co-Sponsor
Rep. Harris-Talley has spent over 20 years building powerful movements for change in our region and statewide- from philanthropy, to nonprofit work, reproductive rights, and housing justice. The more she worked for and with her communities, the more she saw that their basic needs were not being met. As a legislator she is committed to bringing community power and meaningful representation on the state level to solve many issues, including bringing an end to incarceration and over-policing.
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Senator Joe Nguyen
Senator Joe Nguyen34th Legislative District, Champion
In Senator Nguyen’s first term in the Washington Senate, he has been proud to sponsor a wide portfolio of legislation that expanded the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, worked to alleviate climate change through increased car emission standards, and took steps to fix our criminal legal system by diverting youths away from jails and toward community services. He is now working on a budget that protects critical programs serving underprivileged communities.
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Additional Co-Sponsors

Rep. Tarra Simmons
Rep. Nicole Macri
Rep. Frank Chopp
Rep. Alex Ramel
Rep. Strom Peterson
Rep. Jessica Bateman
Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon
Rep. Davina Duerr
Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self
Rep. David Hackney
Rep. Vandana Slatter
Rep. Cindy Ryu
Rep. Liz Berry
Rep. Mike Sells
Rep. My-Linh Thai
Rep. Javier Valdez
Rep. Gerry Pollet
Rep. Carolyn Eslick
Rep. Timm Ormsby
Rep. Melanie Morgan
Rep. Monica Jurado Stonier
Rep. Noel Frame

The Pathways To Recovery Act is endorsed by


Treatment First WA

27th Legislative District Democrats
37th Legislative District Democrats
43rd District Democrats
ACLU of Washington
Amber’s H.O.P.E.
A New PATH/Moms United to End the War on Drugs
ANEW (Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women)
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Better Health Together
Blue Mountain Heart to Heart
Burien/White Center Community Support Network
C3 Coalition
Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade
Communities of Color Coalition
Community Visions
Country Doctor Community Health Centers
Eastern Washington All Of Us Or None
Eastern Washington Progressives
El Centro de la Raza
Equal Rights Washington
Evergreen Treatment Services
Faith Action Network
Federal Way Black Collective
Fuse Washington
Gender Justice League
Greater Spokane Progress
Health Equity Circle – Harm Reduction Action Team
Hepatitis Education Project
Hispanic Business/Professional Association of Spokane
Ideal Option
Kelley-Ross Foundation
Latinos en Spokane
Law Offices of Natasha L. Hill
League of Women Voters of Washington
Muslims for Community Action & Support
Our Revolution Washington Berniecrats Coalition
Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS)
Peer Washington
Pierce County AIDS Foundation
Pierce County Democrats
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho
Rainbow Center
Raiz of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho
Real Change News
Reframe Health and Justice
Revive Center for Returning Citizens/I Did The Time
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Seattle Indian Health Board
Smart Justice Spokane
Smart Justice Spokane
Spectrum Center Spokane
Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR)
Spokane Immigrant Rights Coalition
Spokane Street Aid
Statewide Poverty Action Network (SPAN)
Strippers Are Workers (SAW)
Students for a Democratic Society at UW
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Tacoma Urban League
Tenants Union of Washington State
The Carl Maxey Center
The NATIVE Project
The Noble Foundation
The Racial Equity & Social Justice Coalition
Tri-Cities Washington League of United Latin American Citizens Council #47014
Twenty22Many – Olympia
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Washington Legislative and Policy Advocates
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
Whatcom Civil Rights Project
Yoga Behind Bars
And others…

CareFirst WA

Black Leaders for Action and Solidarity Thurston County
Capital Recovery Center
Decriminalize Nature Seattle
Entheo Society of Washington
Gather Church in Centralia
HaRRT Center at the UW-School of Medicine
Harm Reduction Treatment Training and Technical Solutions
Just Access to Health
King County
Public Defender Association
SEIU 925
Teamsters Local Union No. 117
Washington State Labor Council
Willapa Behavioral Health
YWCA of Olympia

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Contact one of our media representatives via the phone numbers below.

Christina Blocker
Treatment First WA
(253) 319-3003

Kasha Frese
Care First WA
(510) 882-4876