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, D.C.) On Saturday, July 26, 2014, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) joined forces with the California Army National Guard, the City of Azusa, and many veterans organizations to bring the VA on-site to help veterans with their casework.
(Duarte, CA) On Friday, June 13, 2014, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) hosted a roundtable meeting at City of Hope in Duarte with her 32nd Congressional District Mental Health Consortium, a dedicated group of 40 local mental health professionals and advocates who advise Napolitano on mental health issues and policy.
(West Covina, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) visited the “Almost Home” house in West Covina to see how the facility is providing safe transitional housing for women veterans.
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) thanked President Barack Obama for proclaiming May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and announced the calendar of mental health events for May.
(El Monte, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) toured the newly opened El Monte Veterans Village, an affordable housing project for veterans in the Los Angeles area, developed by Mercy Housing California, which features in-house veterans services provided by New Directions, including case management, job training, family reunification, legal services, health and wellness programs, and support groups.
(Washington, DC) Last night, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) was honored by the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Development Disability Directors (NACBHDD) for her continued leadership on mental health issues in Congress.
(Azusa, CA) On Saturday, February 1, 2014, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) called for action on mental health at the Azusa Cares Mental Wellness Workshop, part of a mayoral series of free high quality and culturally sensitive seminars hosted by the city of Azusa.
“Mental wellness is just as important as physical wellness,” Napolitano said. “We focus on reducing stigma, providing warning signs, and also ensuring that those suffering know it is always okay to ask for help. We are very grateful to the city of Azusa for giving this issue the attention it deserves.”
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Ron Barber (AZ-02), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Bobby Scott (VA-03), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Mike Thompson (CA-05), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) co-hosted a mental health training administered by the House Office of Employee Assistance (HOEA) for Members of Congress and their staff in advance of the one year anniversary of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.