News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Yesterday, we remembered the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" - he lived with purpose and that purpose was to serve others.

It is an honor for me to serve you all in Congress. Representing Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District has given me the opportunity to take our Minnesota values to Washington and I am grateful for the opportunity. To all of you who find ways to serve your neighbors and community - thank you!


Highlights of the Week:

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting: January 31st

This week, I announced my first town hall of 2020. I hope to see many of you there on January 31 at the Zimmerman City Hall. Visit my website here for more information. Keep up with what we're doing in Washington on Twitter and Facebook


Congressman Emmer with members of the Central Minnesota Builders Association in St. Cloud, Minnesota

It was great to reconnect with the Central Minnesota Builders Association and discuss important work happening at the federal level to inspire local apprenticeship programs. It was also great to discuss the status of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. Last week, the Senate passed the deal and sent it on to the President's desk, and he is expected to sign it soon. This deal will have major benefits for manufacturers and farmers, and especially builders. 


Congressman Emmer with Dr. Scott Palmer, Behavioral Health Specialist and Jeri Mehr, Supervisor for Psychotherapy of Clara's House Mental Health Services in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Last week, I toured Clara’s House which is a mental health facility for children and adolescents struggling with mental illness or chemical dependency. It was incredible to learn about the work they do. I also share​d with them my support for the Medicare Mental Health Access Act (H.R. 884)​, which ​would include psychologists in the definition of a "physician" under Medicare, allowing for more immediate and potentially more efficient mental health care.


Congressman Emmer touring Clara's House Mental Health Services in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Access to mental health services remains a pressing issue for our nation and I am committed to ensuring access for all who need it. Recently, I wrote an op-ed for the Star Tribune on my ongoing efforts. This Congress, I introduced the Expanding Access to Inpatient Mental Health Act, which would eliminate a 15-day cap that limits mental health treatment and harms facilities that help provide it. While the reduction in the number of beds for psychiatric care started as a well-intentioned response to mass institutionalization, it has led to mental health providers being routinely ill-equipped to serve those in need. Under current law, some patients can be forced out of some psychiatric facilities, called Institutes for Mental Disease (IMD), for days at a time without treatment.

I am committed to helping those like Clara's House provide the vital services they offer. I will continue to find ways to support increased access to mental health services for those of all ages. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with mental illness, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline at 800-950-NAMI OR TEXT "NAMI" TO 741741.

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