Bono Mack Honored with ‘Legislator of the Year’ Award by Mental Health America
Recognized for her ongoing efforts to fight prescription drug abuse and addiction and raise awareness for mental health issues
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) was today honored with the Legislator of the Year Award from Mental Health America (MHA), a nonprofit organization with over 320 affiliates nationwide. Calling her a “mental health champion” and recognizing her ongoing leadership on mental health and substance abuse issues, MHA presented Bono Mack with the award during their annual conference in Washington, D.C.
“Mental health and substance abuse issues affect millions of families across America,” said Bono Mack. “As a Member of Congress, a mother and proud American, I am passionate about this effort to ensure that individuals, especially young people, with mental health and substance abuse conditions have better access to the care they need. I am tremendously honored by this award from Mental Health America, and I remain committed to working on a bipartisan basis with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that substance abuse treatment and mental health services get the attention that they deserve.”
“During her seven terms in Congress, Rep. Bono Mack has been a mental health champion,” said David Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “We applaud her leadership and her commitment to serving the needs of her constituents and millions of Americans living with mental health and substance use conditions.”
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Bono Mack has played a critical role in shaping mental health policy, including mental health parity legislation. In her role as Vice-Chair of the Congressional Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus, she has consistently fought for equitable funding for mental health and substance use disorders and has received numerous awards and recognition for her efforts to raise awareness about this issue.