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Trueblood bill, SB 5444, signed by Governor

Photo of Trueblood advocates, DRW staff, and co-counsel standing around Governor Inslee while he signs the Trueblood bill, SB 5444.
Trueblood advocates, DRW staff, and co-counsel standing around Governor Inslee while he signs the Trueblood bill, SB 5444.

SB 5444 [1]

What will it do?

A. Creates Forensic Navigator position

B. Expands the criminal charges eligible for diversion to treatment instead of arrest

C. Provides the option of outpatient competency restoration

D. Allows criminal court to dismiss more misdemeanor cases instead of sending them to restoration

Why do we need this?

Click here to read the final amended bill and Certificate of Enrollment [1]

Click here for information on the background and settlement agreement behind this bill. [2]

Photo of bill signing attendees gathered together on the Capitol Building steps.
Bill signing attendees gathered together on the Capitol Building steps.
Photo of Trueblood Class Member, Joshua Stuller, receiving pin from Governor Inslee.
Trueblood Class Member, Joshua Stuller, receiving pin from Governor Inslee. Josh was also named “Washingtonian of the Day” during the bill signing!

Trueblood Advocacy Day

Some of the Trueblood Advocacy Day attendees and DRW staff outside of the capitol building.

On Friday, April 5th, DRW held a Trueblood Advocacy Day in Olympia. We had over 55 attendees and 6 meetings with legislators, all in support of the Trueblood bill, SB 5444 [3], and its creation of forensic navigators. The day included presentations on the settlement and bill with DRW staff and guest speakers, including Representative Laurie Jinkins, one of SB 5444’s biggest supporters.

Trueblood class member, Josh Stuller, shared his experience with everyone. Josh has worked with us throughout the bill process, sharing his story and testifying at bill hearings. This week, the Seattle Times released an article [4] about Josh and the budget process for the bill.

Just a few days after Advocacy Day, SB 5444 passed the House Committee on Appropriations on April 8th in a unanimous vote.

Representative Laurie Jinkins and DRW attorney, Kim Mosolf, answering the audience’s questions during Advocacy Day presentations.
Josh Stuller, a Trueblood class member, sharing his story during the day’s presentations.
Beverly Miller, founder of United Peers, in the audience.