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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

National Council Announces 2017 Legislative Award Winners

August 31, 2017 | Hill Day | Comments
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The National Council for Behavioral Health is pleased to announce this year’s legislative honorees for Hill Day 2017. Each legislator is being recognized for his or her hard work and dedicated commitment to the mental health and addiction community. The National Council will honor each legislator this year at National Council Hill Day October 2-3 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s Behavioral Health Champions are:

  • Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Kansas
    • Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will be retiring at the end of this Congress. In her near decade of public service in the US House of Representatives, Rep. Jenkins has been an incredible champion of mental health and addiction issues, raising the profile of their importance among her colleagues. She also has been a staunch advocate of the Mental Health First Aid program, sponsoring its authorization and supporting its federal funding over the last several years. The National Council is thrilled to be honoring her once more at Hill Day 2017 and recognizing her dedicated service to the mental health and addictions community.
  • Senator Susan Collins, Maine
    • From the very beginning of the health care debate this year, Senator Susan Collins made clear her support for the Medicaid program and on numerous occasions voted to protect and preserve the program for millions of Americans. The National Council is thrilled to recognizing her for her courageous actions this year to protect Medicaid and preserve it for people living with addiction and mental illness.
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
    • Senator Murkowski also made clear her support for the Medicaid program and – when it mattered most – cast one of the deciding votes to protect and preserve the program for millions of Americans. She has also cosponsored legislation – the Strengthening Addiction Treatment Workforce Act of 2017 (S. 1453) – to build and strengthen the addiction treatment workforce through scholarships and student loan repayments.

This year’s Legislators of the Year are:

  • Senator Joe Donnelly, Indiana
    • Senator Joe Donnelly is the author of the Strengthening the Addiction Treatment Workforce Act of 2017 (S. 1453). In addition to his steadfast support of Medicaid throughout the health care debate this year, Senator Donnelly demonstrated great leadership in authoring legislation to bolster the addictions treatment workforce by extending scholarships and student loan repayment opportunities to qualifying providers across the country.
  • Congressman John Katko, New York
    • Congressman Katko is being honored for his leadership throughout the 115th Congress. From voting against the American Health Care Act to introducing multiple pieces of legislation aimed at increasing consumer access to mental health and addiction treatment, Congressman Katko is a prime candidate for honor and recognition from the National Council at this year’s Hill Day. Rep. Katko’s legislation includes the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (H.R. 3032) and the Mental Health in Schools Act (S.1370/H.R.2913).

The National Council looks forward to honoring these legislators on Monday, October 2nd on Capitol Hill at the annual Hill Day Capitol Hill Reception. Haven’t registered yet? There is still time – click here to begin!