2020 Washington Recovery Advocacy day

UP of WA advocated for HB 2734 End the Opioid Distributors Tax Break, HB 2642 “No Wrong Door” Inpatient Treatment Accessibility, HB 2793 Clean Slate Criminal Justice Reform, and for next year the Behavioral Health Workforce Stabilization on February 5, 2020.

Pictured below are Ebony and Antoinette, UP of WA President. Also pictured are Janine Colletta, Secretary, Ella, Assistant to the Treasurer, and Beverly Miller, Treasurer. Not pictured but definitely active in Advocacy Day was Cody West, UP of WA Board Member. UP of WA is only one of the many alliances Cody has to people with lived experience. He was recently named the Associate Director of Peer Seattle. He was moving too fast today for us to snap his photo.

Go to “Your Voice” under the “Get Involved” tab on our Home Page to read about our important legislative priorities and how locate your legislator.

Ebony and Antoinette
Janine, Ella, and Beverly

2020 Feet on the Ground—Community Building

United Peers of WA will kick off the year by joining the Washington Recovery Alliance in Olympia on February 13th. Go to Send Us a Message on our Homepage to let us know if you can go with us. We may be able to help you with travel to Olympia!

In 2020, UP will continue a series of leadership trainings around the state. Those trainings will be followed with ongoing support in developing local peer groups with their own email list and Facebook page. Send us a message if you want to be one of those groups!


Janine was accepted to the Pierce County Accountable Community of Health Committee, (Elevate Health) Monday, November 18th, 2019. She is proud to have been chosen to represent the United Peers of WA in Pierce County. Elevate Health’s goal is to contribute to the health and well-being of all Pierce County communities through easy access to quality, whole-person care that improves physical, mental, and social well-being, decreases disparities, reduces health care costs and enhances provider satisfaction. Janine is picture here working with Jared DeTrolio on the website.