Sen. Clausen Receives NAMI Legislator of the Year Award

Saint Paul, MN – State Senator Greg Clausen is pictured receiving the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Legislator of the Year Award during NAMI’s Annual Conference on November 15. The award is in recognition of Sen. Clausen’s accomplishments as an outspoken advocate for people with mental illness.

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“While Sen. Clausen has not served long in the Senate, he has accomplished a great deal,” said NAMI Minnesota Executive Director Sue Abderholden. “Senator Clausen is a champion for children and adults who live with a mental illness. We are proud to call Senator Clausen a good friend of NAMI’s and we thank him for his work.”

As a member of the Mental Health Workforce Steering Committee, Sen. Clausen is serving with more than 40 professionals to develop a comprehensive plan to increase the number of qualified people working at all levels of our mental health system. They are also finding ways to create a more culturally diverse mental health workforce.

Sen. Clausen was also chief author of the Civil Commitment Training Act Bill (SF 1731) that passed in 2014. The bill provides funding to develop an online training program to ensure the state’s civil commitment statute is being applied consistently across Minnesota.

“I am honored to be selected as NAMI’s Legislator of the Year,” Sen. Clausen said. “I am committed to continue my effort to find ways the legislature can improve the lives of all Minnesotans with mental illness.”

The NAMI conference was held November 15, 2014 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. NAMI Minnesota vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.

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