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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In August 2007, the Mental Health in Schools Act was introduced to Congress by Grace Napolitano. This was a Public Health Service Act amendment to create better access for children to comprehensive mental health programs within schools. The bill was revised four more times, but was never enacted past Congress. After the fifth revision, the Mental Health in Schools Act was again introduced to Congress on June 15, 2017.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) issued the following statement after the Senate failed to pass the so-called “skinny” TrumpCare amendment, which would have repealed parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) and Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) introduced the CHIP Mental Health Parity Act (H.R. 3192) to make critical mental health services available to all CHIP beneficiaries.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following statement after Senate Republicans released their version of TrumpCare:
“After dismissing the healthcare bill passed by their House counterparts, Senate Republicans worked for weeks in secret on their own bill to no avail. Today they made public for the first time a bill that is just as mean and devastating to San Gabriel Valley children, seniors, and hardworking families.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), and Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24) proudly reintroduced the Mental Health in Schools Act (H.R. 2913; S. 1370) to fund on-site mental health services for youth in schools nationwide.
Mental health affects all, regardless of gender, culture, and socio-economic status. Despite the universal nature, many are unable to get the care they need because of a shortage of providers and the stigma surrounding the diagnoses. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to erase this stigma and educate the public of all ages on the warning signs of mental illness.
(WASHINGTON, DC) On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and John Katko (R-NY-24) co-hosted a bipartisan briefing in coordination with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) on transforming mental health crisis care, as part of a series of events for National Mental Health Awareness Month.
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) voted against TrumpCare, issuing the following statement:
(EL MONTE, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano released the following statement after this morning’s tragic shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino: