Sen. Greg Clausen Receives 2015 Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award
The Minnesota Psychiatric Society awarded Senator Greg Clausen with the 2015 Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award on Saturday, July 11 for his exceptional leadership, advocacy, and support to the health and well-being of individuals with mental illness and chemical dependency.
According to Minnesota Psychiatric Society, Sen. Clausen was selected for the award for his outstanding contributions to mental health in the 2015 Legislative Session. “Sen. Clausen is a strong advocate for mental health professionals and we are especially pleased with his rural mental health professionals’ education loan forgiveness program,” said Dr. George Realmuto, the MPS member who nominated Senator Clausen. “This program will help recruit and retain quality health care professionals to needed areas and facilities in the state and improve mental health care across the board by encouraging medical professionals to stay in rural Minnesota and other high-need areas.”
Mental Health/Chemical Dependency bills authored by Sen. Clausen in 2015 include:
- SF 3: Rural mental health professionals, public health nurses, dental therapists and advanced dental therapists education loan forgiveness program.
- SF 1592: Mental health and substance abuse services utilization review requirements.
- SF 1246: Minnesota health care workforce council, primary care and mental health professions clinical training, primary care residency, and health professions preceptor incentive programs establishment and appropriation.
- SF 1187: Mental health services by clinical trainees health insurance plans coverage and claim denials by licensed mental health professionals.
- SF 453: Medical assistance (MA) coverage for certain mental health services provided by physician assistants in outpatient settings.
According to Dr. Realmuto, The Minnesota Psychiatric Society is extremely thankful for Sen. Clausen’s outstanding bipartisan leadership. He was a voice of reason during difficult negotiations and worked hard to garner support for common-sense mental health legislation.
The Minnesota Psychiatric Society (MPS) is a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association. MPS represents more than 400 physicians, MN psychiatrists in training and in practice, in all subspecialties from children to geriatric care. They also represent mental health professionals in practice settings from solo offices to hospitals, academia, integrated care, prisons, and more.
Past recipients of the Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award include State Representative Paul Thissen and the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota (NAMI) Executive Director Sue Abderholden.