Congresswoman Napolitano is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, where she promotes access to mental health for children and adolescents, improved mental health resources for veterans and seniors, and increased mental health coverage for all. After learning one in three Latina adolescents (ages 9-11) had contemplated suicide, in 2001 she secured federal funding to create a pilot program to provide on-site, culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services and suicide prevention services for students. With assistance from LA County Department of Mental Health, her successful program, which began in four schools, has now expanded to 35 schools throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Southeast LA County. It now serves as a model for H.R. 1109, the Mental Health Services for Students Act. Napolitano also works closely with the 32nd District Mental Health Consortium, a dedicated group of local mental health professionals and advocates who advise the Congresswoman on public mental health policy and related issues.
Napolitano has been very active in securing mental health parity in the Affordable Care Act, promoting mental health legislation, and working with prominent figures to increase funding and access to mental health services. After the tragic Newtown shooting, in 2013 Napolitano was appointed to serve as vice-chair of the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force to ensure mental health remained a critical part of the conversation on gun violence prevention.
Napolitano remains committed to continuing to reduce the harmful stigma related to mental illness and educating public officials, communities, and families on warning signs and symptoms and that it is ok to seek help.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
More on Mental Health
(EL MONTE, CA) Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) appeared on NBC4’s “Today in LA” this morning to discuss current gun violence prevention measures in Congress, reject the link between mental illness and gun violence, and express the need for humane immigration policies and reform. Below are excerpts from the interview.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the mass shootings which occurred in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH:
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Custody Act:
Martha is an 18-year-old Latina college student from La Puente. She studies part-time and works part-time to support herself and her family. As the first in her family to attend college, she is a great source of pride for her loved ones. Yet, had a concerned friend not asked Martha if she was OK, we could be telling a very different story.
(WASHINGTON, DC) This week, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) voted for H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2020, in which she secured millions of federal dollars for water projects, the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, and life-saving mental health services.
On May 15, Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and John Katko (R-NY), co-chairs of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, hosted a very important Hill briefing as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. This briefing addressed the decarceration of transition age youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental disorders. Key presentations outlined the issue, its impact, including upon families, and needed solutions.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), supported by her fellow Congressional Mental Health Caucus Co-Chair Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24), introduced a bipartisan resolution, H. Res. 337, and joined dozens of lawmakers to recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month.