Convention FAQ

The following are answers to questions frequently asked about the 2019 NAMI National Convention in Seattle. If you don’t see the information you need, please email convention@nami.org.

When and where will the 2019 NAMI National Convention take place?
The dates for the convention are June 19 - 22. The convention will be held in Seattle at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. All convention sessions and activities will take place onsite at the Hyatt Regency Seattle.

What hotel is NAMI using for the convention? What are the hotel rates?
The Hyatt Regency Seattle is the convention headquarters hotel. Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Seattle are offered at a special rate of $169 (plus state and local tax) for registered attendees. Visit the Plan Your Trip page for additional information. 

How do I register and how much does it cost?
Register early for the lowest rates! The Early Bird registration deadline is Feb. 28, 2019. For information about rates, deadlines and how to register online, go to the registration information page.

What is included in my registration fee?
The convention registration fee includes all activities beginning the evening of Wednesday, June 19 through the NAMI Celebration and Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 22. NAMI Leadership Development programming will be offered to NAMI Leaders on Wednesday, June 19th. General attendees are invited to begin their convention experience with the Convention Orientation and Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening. Full registration also includes one ticket to the NAMI Celebration and Awards Banquet on June 22, 2019.

How can I speak or present? 
The workshop proposal application is open until January 15, 2019. Learn more.

If I am unable to attend the convention, how do I cancel my registration?
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to convention@nami.org. If you cancel before April 15, 2019, there is a $25 service fee to cover administrative costs. If you cancel between April 15 and June 1, there is a $50 service fee to cover administrative costs. No refunds will be processed after June 1, 2019.

I cannot attend the convention. Can I send someone else in my place?
Substitutions are allowed with the written authorization of the registrant who is unable to attend. Requests must be submitted in writing to convention@nami.org by June 1, 2019.

How do I exhibit at the convention?
Information on exhibiting will be posted to www.nami.org/convention mid-December. 

Are there scholarships available? 
NAMI hopes to offer scholarships that would cover partial or full costs to attend convention,  but we cannot guarantee at this time. Any information regarding scholarships will be posted to www.nami.org/convention. Please check the website regularly for updates. 

Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) Credits? 
Mental health providers can earn CE credits by attending sessions at the NAMI Convention. The exact number of hours will be finalized in May. At previous conventions, we have offered up to 21 credits. NAMI is a certified provider through: the Minnesota Board of Social Work and the California Board of Registered Nursing. Please check with your specific agency to verify whether or not they accept credits from these sources.  
  
Do I need to be a member of NAMI to attend? Will I get much out of the convention if I'm not a member?  
We encourage both members and nonmembers to attend the convention! NAMI is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots advocacy group working on behalf of individuals with lived experience and caregivers. Whether or not you are a member of NAMI, you will benefit from the information offered at the convention, as well as the chance to network with some of the  knowledgeable mental health advocates in the nation. 
  
How do I decide what sessions to attend?  
Review the program schedule to decide and plan on attending the sessions most important to you.The Convention Orientation session is a valuable resource for those attending our convention for the first time.    
  
What should I wear at the convention? 
There is no required dress code for the convention. Attendees usually wear casual or business casual attire. Presenters generally wear professional business attire. Remember, meeting rooms in hotels can be chilly, so dressing in layers is encouraged. 
   
I am interested in advertising opportunities. Whom should I contact? 
Pleases contact Hanem Ali at hali@nami.org

I am interested in sponsoring the convention. Whom should I contact? 
Pleases contact Jessica Edwards at jedwards@nami.org