Schlossberg hosts joint HDPC-PLBC roundtable on mental health

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today hosted a joint House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus public roundtable at Lehigh Carbon Community College on mental health.

Schlossberg was joined by fellow state legislators, including members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, to discuss mental health and its impact on the community.

“The people we serve have incredibly difficult stories about mental health battles they’ve faced, either personally or through loved ones,” Schlossberg said. “Today’s hearing is a reminder that people of color must be at the table when we are talking about mental health treatment because the inequities show tremendous need to boost services and coverage for those services in communities that are left behind.”

“Mental health has become a predominate issue in today’s society. No one should be ashamed of having to deal with it, particularly people of color, who may go untreated because of the shame and stigma associated with their condition,” Kinsey said. “We must continue to educate people on the sensitivity of mental health and how they or someone they know can get the proper treatment for the betterment of their lives.”

The panelists included: Hasshan Betts, executive director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley; Phoebe Harris, Allentown School Board member; April Riddick, community activist; Stuart Horowitz, board president, National Association of Social Workers-Pennsylvania Chapter; and Elizabeth Garnto, NAMI Lehigh Valley.

The roundtable was one in a series meetings being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which focuses on legislation that promotes good jobs, affordable and accessible health care, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4PA.com. Testimony and video will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.