Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) received the 2012 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New York State Legislative Champion Award for his “unwavering support of mental illness” issues and “advocacy for insurance parity.”
Engel is a member of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and says that he is proud that his efforts have been recognized by NAMI.
"I am very honored to have my work on mental health issues recognized by NAMI – an organization doing outstanding work in their own right on the issue," explained Engel.
"I have been advocating for quality care for mental health since my days in the New York State Assembly and I used to make unannounced ward visits to the Bronx Psychiatric Center in order to see what the real quality of care was for the patients," he continued.
The Congressman went on to say that mental health problems strike all families, regardless of politics or money and that everyone seems to know someone who has suffered with mental illness.
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"The stigma attached to mental health problems has to go away and we have come a long way, but there is still much to do," stated Engel.
"To that end, I am co-sponsor of the Excellence in Mental Health Act of 2012 to increase access to community behavioral health services for all Americans and improve Medicaid reimbursement for community behavioral health services and I thank NAMI for the honor," he continued.