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).
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(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) issued the following statement on the escalating situation with Iran and the upcoming House consideration of the War Powers Resolution:
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, the House of Representatives passed FY20 Appropriations bills, which included funding secured by Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) for local clean water and drinking projects, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, and life-saving mental health services.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Last week, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) introduced H.R. 4543, the Reducing Mental Health Stigma in the Hispanic Community Act. The bill would direct 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.
“Studies have shown that forcing a person in crisis to take even a few minutes to rethink a potentially fatal decision often results in that person never attempting suicide again,” said Rep. Grace Napolitano. “These barriers serve as a critical deterrent and will surely save more lives.”
(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.