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Congressman Ron Barber

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

Mental Health

National Council Legislator of the Year

We know that one of every four Americans will have a mental illness at least once in their lifetime. Investing in mental health services in our communities and early identification and prevention of mental illness will save both lives and money.

I am proud to introduce H.R. 4574, the Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act of 2014 to increase access to community-based mental health services and strengthen our mental health system – asking more from existing programs and better outcomes for individuals and families impacted by mental illness.
Rep. Barber Signature

Above: Rep. Barber presents the Mental Health First Aid Community Impact Award at the National Council for Behavioral Health's Summit 


Summary of the Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act
Bill Information
Letters of Support
In the News
Related Content

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

Summary of the Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act
 

Bill Information

Cosponsors
Status

Letters of Support

(Click on images to see Letters of Support)
American Assocaition For Marriage and Family Therapy    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
National Coalition for Mental Health RecoveryMental Health America
American Academy of Pediatrics   American Psychological Association

American Mental Health Counselors Association     National Association of School Psycologists

National Association For Rural Mental HealthAmerican Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Association of the United States Army    Association of the United States Navy AUSN
Trevor Project   Bazelon Center For Mental Health Law

American Association on Health and DisabilityAmerican Dance Therapy Association Letter of Support

 National Board for Certified Counselors  National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
American Occupational Therapists AssociationAmerican Psychiatric Association Letter of Support
ABWH Letter of Support   Letter of Support NASMPHD
Letter of Support Pacific Clinics


In the News

House democrats push mental health alternative, The Hill (May 6, 2014)
A first step in addressing the mental health aspect of mass shootingsThe Hill (Feb. 12, 2014)
Video: Barber leads Congress in moment of silence on Jan. 8Tucson Sentinel (Jan. 8, 2014)
Barber wants to help eliminate mental illness stigmaBenson News-Sun (Sep. 24, 2013)
Lawmaker wounded in Giffords shooting pushing for better mental health educationThe Washington Times (Sep. 19, 2013)
Mental health care key to ending mass shootingsThe Hill (Jun. 12, 2013)
Barber’s receipt of Schorr Award appropriateArizona Daily Star Editorial Board (Apr. 3, 2013)
Congress Can No Longer Ignore Gun ViolenceThe Hill (Feb. 11, 2013)
Barber pushes mental health in meeting with Biden on gun packageCronkite News (Jan. 14, 2013)
There’s No 1 Answer, But The Path Is ApparentArizona Republic (Dec. 16, 2012)


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U.S. REP. RON BARBER’S MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID PROGRAM SIGNED INTO LAW (Jan. 18, 2014)
VIDEO: U.S. REP. RON BARBER LEADS MOMENT OF SILENCE ON HOUSE FLOOR ON THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF TUCSON SHOOTING (Jan. 8, 2014)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER HOSTS TRAINING ON HOW TO RECOGNIZE SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Dec. 11, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER’S STATEMENT ON INCREASED FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (Dec. 10, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL ATTENTION TO MENTAL HEALTH AFTER SHOOTINGS AT U.S. NAVY YARD (Sep. 17, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER WILL HOST VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH ONLINE TOWN HALL (Sep. 13, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER NAMED LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR BY NATIONAL ORGANIZATION (Sep. 12, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER WILL SPEAK ON MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR VETS AND OPTICS JOBS FOR SOUTHERN ARIZONA (Aug. 13, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS USE ELECTRONIC RECORDS  (Aug. 2, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER WILL JOIN LEGISLATORS TO CELEBRATE STATE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (Jun. 28, 2013)
ICYMI: U.S. REP. RON BARBER’S LEADERSHIP ON MENTAL HEALTH PRAISED BY VICE PRESIDENT (Jun. 4, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER HOSTS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING IN WASHINGTON (May 7, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER HOSTS BRIEFING ON MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID WITH REP. LYNN JENKINS (Apr. 12, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER WILL RECEIVE AWARD FOR FURTHERING UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Apr. 3, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER’S INITIATIVES INCLUDED IN GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS (Feb. 7, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER MEETS WITH VICE PRESIDENT TO DISCUSS REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE  (Jan. 14, 2013)
U.S. REP. RON BARBER INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR VETERANS TO GET HEALTH CARE  (Sep. 13, 2012)