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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

October 1, 2015 Press Release

(Monrovia, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) marked October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, issuing the following statement:

“It is a privilege to continue working with Congresswoman Chu and so many other local heroes in our fight to end domestic violence. The emotional wounds inflicted by domestic violence are often invisible, so increased mental health awareness is critical to ensure those in need seek help."

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September 10, 2015 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and John Katko (R-NY-24) recognized World Suicide Prevention Day by co-hosting a briefing examining federal investments in suicide prevention.

August 11, 2015 In The News
Grace Napolitano, the representative for California’s 32nd congressional district, introduced the Mental Health in Schools Act, which is now under consideration by the House of Representatives.
June 17, 2015 In The News
“We can prevent our young girls from making lethal decisions by first educating them,” says Congresswoman Napolitano. “The younger we get them to talk about mental health, the more prevention we can have.”
May 26, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), the Baldwin Park Unified School District (BPUSD), and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park hosted an assembly for students and parents from De Anza Elementary School to address the issue of conflict management, promote mental wellness, and reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
May 13, 2015 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) held a briefing featuring testimonies from survivors of suicide as part of a series of mental health discussions on Capitol Hill during the month of May.

April 30, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), mental health advocates, and other Members of Congress marked the beginning of National Mental Health Awareness Month and recognized Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Capitol Hill.
March 3, 2015 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Chris Gibson (R-NY-19) reintroduced the Mental Health in Schools Act (H.R. 1211) to fund on-site school-based mental health services for youth.

January 20, 2015 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Tonight, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano released the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

November 14, 2014 Press Release
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) welcomed to Capitol Hill a delegation from the World Boxing Council to raise critical awareness for mental health and eliminate stigma.