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Rep. Napolitano Congratulates Local Mental Health Hero on National Award

October 26, 2011
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano congratulated Dr. Luis Garcia of Pacific Clinics, a mental health services provider for Los Angeles County, upon being recognized for his more than 20 years of service to local students with a “Rock in the Pond” Award from the Campaign for Public Health Foundation.

“Dr. Luis Garcia is truly an unsung hero for the thousands of young people in Los Angeles County who have been helped by his programs over the years,” Napolitano said. “We have worked together to provide mental health services for local students in my district over the last decade, and his commitment and dedication to helping children has been truly inspiring. I congratulate him upon receiving this well-deserved recognition.”

The award is given once a year as part of the Campaign for Public Health Foundation’s Unsung Heroes of Public Health reception. This year’s event was held at the Columbus Club in Washington, D.C.

Napolitano and Garcia have worked together since 2001 on a youth suicide prevention program for local students, which now provides mental health services in 15 L.A. County Schools and recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary.