News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it is vital to bring attention to those affected by mental illness and substance abuse disorders. As your member of Congress, I would also like to affirm my commitment to promoting the importance of mental health, and to highlight some of the work I am doing to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness

Whether through friends and family or with our own challenges, many of us have been, or will be, touched by mental illness or substance use disorders in some way over the course of our lives. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, one in five Americans experience mental illness, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. 

Mental health is integral to our well-being and we must continue to fight stigma around the critical health issues facing millions of American families each year. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness occur by the age of 14, and suicide remains the second-leading cause of death for teenagers, ages 15-19, in the U.S. To address the rise in suicide rates, I recently joined with my colleagues to push for $2.5 million in funding for suicide prevention programs at the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. 

We also must also ensure that mental health treatment is available to those in need. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health plans must cover mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Still, we must recognize that more work remains to be done. Many communities lack access to mental and behavioral health professionals, and young people frequently have a hard time accessing mental health care. That is why I recently introduced the Improving Access to Mental Health Services Act

This legislation would expand access to mental health and substance use disorder services for children and adolescents by bringing mental health professionals who currently serve in the National Health Service Corps into homes, schools, and community-based settings in under-served areas and communities. Bringing mental health care into our schools will help students get the support they need and help fight stigma.

There is so much more that we must do to educate, promote, and enhance access to mental health services. As a member of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, please know that I continue to advocate for policies at the federal level that help achieve this goal.

Sincerely,


Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Washington Update

Expanding Youth Mental Health Services

 

Improving Well-Being in the Classroom

I believe one of our most important responsibilities as a society is to ensure our children reach their full potential. Bullying and harassment not only jeopardize the ability of our children to learn, but also have lasting negative impacts on their mental health. This Congress, I proudly reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act to reduce bullying in our schools. My bipartisan bill would require school districts to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion. Working with mental health professionals, school counselors play an important role in guiding students and promoting their well-being. That is why I also reintroduced the Put School Counselors Where They’re Needed Act, which would provide additional school counselors to schools with the most need. School counselors wear many hats, and can often identify and help solve a problem before it is too late.

Defending Immigrant Worker Rights

Under current immigration policy, many H-1B visa holders and their H-4 dependents wait decades before they are able to gain permanent residency in the United States. Current regulation grants certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders, often women, the ability to apply for work authorization and contribute to the U.S economy. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration is planning to rescind this rule in June. That is why I recently joined 130 of my colleagues in a bipartisan request urging the Department of Homeland Security to maintain the current regulation. Allowing H-4 visa holders the opportunity to work not only makes American businesses more competitive globally, but also improves the economic well-being of these families. Additionally, this rule helps improve the opportunities for success for their children, many of whom are American-born citizens or soon to be U.S. citizens. 

Highlights from the District

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 Congressional Art Competition reception showcasing artwork from incredibly talented high school students in our community. I enjoyed viewing each of the 209 submissions and announcing this years winners. Congratulations to Yazlin Juarez from El Rancho High School for her winning piece Every Flavor of America. I look forward to seeing it hang in the halls of the United States Capitol!

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Earlier this month, I met with twenty-one superintendents and school board members from across our community. This education round table discussion gave me the opportunity to provide an update on federal legislation and its affects on our education system in California. I also heard their concerns and perspectives on a variety of important topics such as school funding, school safety, school choice, and affordable housing for student families.

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Ave
Whittier, CA 90602
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 Montebello Community Office Hours
Potrero Heights Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Dr
Montebello, CA 90640
Thursday, June 7, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lakewood Community Office Hours
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave
Lakewood, CA 90712
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 










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