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Congressional Briefing Mental Health First Aid

On Tuesday, May 24, first responders to mental health crises who are trained in Mental
are telling lawmakers how Mental Health First Aid saved their lives or those of others.

Speakers include:ALGEECapitol

  • Tousha Paxton-Barnes, U.S. Army veteran, 82nd Airborne Division, Amarillo, TX: Read Tousha’s remarks here.
  • Alyssa Fruchtenicht, School-Based Mental Health Coordinator, UnityPoint Health, Waterloo, IA: Read Alyssa’s remarks here.
  • Michael Allora, Deputy Chief, Clifton Fire Department, Clifton, NJ: Read Michael’s remarks here.
  • Virgil Meyer, Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Muncy, PA: Read Virgil’s remarks here.

Special thanks to our hosts and Mental Health First Aid Act (S. 711/H.R. 1877) sponsors:

  • Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
  • Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)

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