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) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Ron Barber (AZ-02), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Barbara Lee (CA-13) applauded the Obama administration for issuing final regulations for the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
Video of briefing available here: https://youtu.be/qS8DRR0Dsec
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement recognizing World Mental Health Day:
(Baldwin Park, CA) Today, Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) marked October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, issuing the following statement:
“Victims of domestic violence often experience emotional and psychological trauma, which can lead to serious mental health issues. We must do more as a community to prevent domestic violence, but it is also critical that we ensure mental health resources as well as physical treatments are available for those who need them most.”
Video of briefing available here: https://youtu.be/415z0uwNOcg
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) co-hosted a briefing and panel discussion with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) to examine mental health and suicide in America today and to educate Members of Congress and staff on what the organization is doing to save lives.
(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) held a legislative briefing to address the alarming rates of suicide among youth and call for increased mental health services. This briefing marked the final event of May Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when advocates and activists across the country draw attention to mental health issues.
Video of briefing available here: bit.ly/10Q9PmG
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Ron Barber (AZ-02), and Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) hosted a Mental Health First Aid training for Members of Congress and their staff as part of May Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.