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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. 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

March 23, 2017 In The News

Once again Republicans are pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it will hurt millions of Americans, especially those who live with a mental health or substance abuse disorder. The Republican bill would limit access to life-saving Medicaid coverage, make private insurance more expensive, and penalize the poor and elderly — all while reducing taxes on the richest.

March 10, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), denounced President Donald Trump’s and House Republicans’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

January 13, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano praised the mental health successes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), defending the health law from Republicans’ plan to repeal it.

October 1, 2016 Press Release

Monrovia, CA - Today, Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) marked October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, issuing the following statement:

June 17, 2016 In The News
As Latinas become better recognized for their achievements and presence in the United States, the number of Latina adolescents considering suicide is still at a record high.
June 12, 2016 Press Release

(El Monte, CA)  Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano released the following statement on the mass shooting which took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL:

May 17, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC)  Today, Congressional Mental Health Caucus Chair Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted a briefing on the issues of stigma and access to care within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, jointly recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

May 11, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC)  Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and John Katko (R-NY-24) co-hosted a bipartisan briefing, featuring New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, to promote school-based mental health services. Three individuals from Southern California also served on the briefing panel: Dr. Luis Garcia, PsyD, Vice President of Latino Program Development for Pacific Clinics; Kristina Baird, a student who received services through Pacific Clinics at her high school; and Kristina’s mother, Elizabeth Segura Vargas.

December 16, 2015 In The News
Leo Santa Cruz used to live in his family’s living room along with his three brothers, had little to eat, and had to trudge 10 miles to practice at a boxing gym. It was a hard life, with triggers that could’ve brought depression.
October 1, 2015 In The News
“This is one more step toward reducing stigma, continuing to bring mental health issues out of the shadows,” Napolitano said. “The Mental Health Awareness Semipostal Stamp will not only raise revenue to fund research of mental illness, but also raise critical awareness of an issue that affects one in four Americans. We are glad it will support major organizations’ efforts, like the World Boxing Council—which has been funding brain research at UCLA—and we know this Stamp will make a difference.