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Mental Health

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. 721, 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

May 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9), and Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) sent a letter to the Department of Health & Human Services urging the inclusion of mental health and substance use care providers within the $7.66 billion public health workforce expansion in the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act.

May 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, H.R. 721, the Mental Health Services for Students Act, authored by Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) passed the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming support by a vote of 349 to 74.

May 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressional Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24), joined Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) in introducing a bipartisan, bicameral resolution (H. Res. 365), to recognize May as National Mental Health Awareness Month.

April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously moved to support Rep. Grace F. Napolitano’s H.R. 2611, the Increasing Behavioral Health Treatment Act.

April 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) introduced H.R. 2529, the Mental Health for Latinos Act, directing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop and implement an outreach and education strategy to promote behavioral and mental health among Hispanic and Latino populations.

April 14, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, U.S. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) re-introduced the Immigrants’ Mental Health Act (H.R. 2480, S. 1100). Their bicameral legislation is a product of Congressional delegation trips to U.S.

February 2, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Today, Congressional Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and John Katko (R-NY-24), along with 61 original cosponsors, proudly re-introduced the Mental Health Services for Students Act, to fund on-site mental health services for youth in schools nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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