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Senator Blunt receives Legislator of the Year Award from National Council for Behavioral Health

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNT (MO.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt(Mo.) met this week with Missouri members of the National Council forBehavioral Health and received the "Legislator of the Year" award for hissupport of several bipartisan bills, including the "Excellence in Mental HealthAct," in an effort to help treat and identify people with mental illness.  Clickhere for high-resolution photos of the meeting.

"I am honored to receive this award and willcontinue to work with mental health advocates to raise awareness for thisvery important issue," Blunt said.

In February 2013, Blunt and U.S. Senator DebbieStabenow (Mich.) introduced the "Excellence in Mental Health Act," whichaddresses the nation's fragmented mental health system by offering currentCommunity Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) a chance to obtain the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinicdesignation.

Senator Blunt has also co-sponsored a number of mental healthbills in the Senate, including:

  • The"Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013," which was introduced by U.S.Senators Mark Begich (Alaska) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.). The bill authorizesthe launch of a demonstration program to support mental health first aidtrainings nationwide to help more Americans identify, understand, and respondto the signs of mental illnesses and addiction disorders.
  • The"Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act," which wasintroduced by U.S. Senators Al Franken (Minn.) and Mike Johanns (Neb.). Thebipartisan bill would help make communities safer by improving access to mentalhealth services for people in the criminal justice system who need treatment.The bill also focuses on giving law enforcement officers the tools they need toidentify and respond to mental health issues, and includes a 5-yearreauthorization of the "Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime ReductionAct" (MIOTCRA), continuing support for mental health courts, and crisisintervention teams.

Andthe "Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act of 2013," which wasintroduced by U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) andreauthorizes and improves programs related to awareness, prevention, and earlyidentification of mental health conditions.

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