Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) hosted a roundtable meeting with more than 50 members of her 38th Congressional District Mental Health Consortium, a group of local mental health professionals who advise Napolitano on mental health issues and policy.
"The mental health professionals gathered here have many years of experience helping the men, women, children, seniors, veterans, and people from all walks of life who suffer from mental health issues," Napolitano said. "We must use the wealth of real-world knowledge we have in our communities to inform the policies that are made in Washington, D.C."
The meeting at Santa Fe Springs Town Center Hall featured a talk on mental health issues for returning military veterans and an update on congressional hearings scheduled for the fall that will address how health insurance companies cover mental health. The roundtable also included a general discussion of local mental health issues, a question and answer segment, and a detailed questionnaire about local mental health practices.
Napolitano is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. She has been active in securing mental health parity in health insurance and raising the profile of mental health in Congress. In Los Angeles County, she has worked to fund youth suicide prevention programs in 15 local schools over the last decade.