Rep. Napolitano Receives Mental Health Award
(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.
“It is a great honor to join my colleagues in receiving this award,” Napolitano said. “We look forward to continuing to work with mental health advocates across the country to decrease stigma, ensuring those suffering from mental illness seek help. Thank you for allowing us to meet with you and continue to strive to help those most vulnerable in our society.”
Reps. Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ron Barber (AZ-02), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Tim Ryan (OH-13) were also recognized by the NACBHDD for their commitment to mental health.
Last year Napolitano sponsored Congressional briefings throughout the year and during May Mental Health Month, helped launch the National Association of Broadcasters’ OK2Talk PSA Campaign, participated in Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day, and encouraged colleagues and advocates to wear lime green in May to raise awareness for mental health. Her 2001 pilot program providing mental health and suicide prevention services on-site in four schools in her congressional district has expanded to 26 schools with assistance from Los Angeles County Mental Health, which now serves as a pilot program for H.R. 628, the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013. It currently has 80 cosponsors in the House and the support of mental health organizations from across the country. Senator Al Franken (D-MN.) has introduced the Senate version of the bill (S.195), which currently has 22 cosponsors.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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