Senator Lourey highlights need to focus on children’s mental health
Senator Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) held a press conference today to discuss the need for the state to invest in children’s mental health. Joined by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Sue Abderholden and his colleagues in the Senate, Sen. Lourey talked about the 2013 Legislative Session and the importance of working with the mental health community.
“We know the tools that can work to help our children succeed and reach their potential, said Sen. Lourey. “In our budget this year we are going to be working very very hard to make sure we get our priorities right and that we have the tools that our kids need to succeed tomorrow and into the future.”
Currently, only 20 percent of children between the ages of nine and 17 that have a diagnosable mental illness or substance use disorder are being treated. NAMI and other mental health organization will be working with key legislators this session to address problems and weaknesses in the state’s children’s mental health system.
Nearly a dozen bills will be introduced this week in the Legislature to address some of the weaknesses in the system. Along with over 30 other legislators connected to the bills, Sen. Lourey will work with his colleagues this session to offer help where it is needed.