Mental Health America (MHA) recognized a very select group of seven state legislators from four states who have made mental health a priority in their states. These Mental Health Champions were honored at MHA's Regional Policy Council meeting, which coincided with the National Council of State Legislators, in Chicago, Illinois on August 10th. These distinguished legislators have a track record that demonstrates that mental health issues are bipartisan. They have fought for changes that not only improve people's lives but also improve the bottom line for their states. Representative Ruiz was nominated to be recognized by Mental Health America of the Heartland's President and CEO, Susan Crain Lewis. (
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Representative Louis E. Ruiz
has always been a champion for mental health funding and services and an advocate for the underserved and disenfranchised. He is an invaluable resource to mental health advocates in developing, understanding and advancing legislation and assuring oversight of the departments and organizations that implement it once enacted.
A local reception
to celebrate Representative Ruiz's accomplishments, advocacy and award will be held at
on Thursday, September 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Whitney at 913-281-2221 (ext. 111),
Thank you, Representative Ruiz!
Pictured from left to right: Debbie Plotnick (VP for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy of Mental Health America), Susan Crain Lewis (President and CEO of Mental Health America of the Heartland, Representative Louis Ruiz.