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) 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.
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(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Congressional Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and John Katko (R-NY-24), along with 56 original cosponsors, proudly introduced H.R. 1109, the Mental Health Services for Students Act, to fund on-site mental health services for youth in schools nationwide.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) issued the following statement on last night’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA:
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(WASHINGTON, DC) Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and John Katko (R-NY-24) recently introduced H.R. 6597, the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation to address a critical shortage in the number of mental healthcare professionals currently available in many parts of the country.