Schlossberg attends White House discussion on mental health

Schlossberg attends White House discussion on mental health 

HARRISBURG, July 28 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg was at the White House Tuesday as President Joe Biden addressed improving access to mental health.

“It was a pleasure to be invited by President Biden to hear his vision for helping states address the mental health needs of people across America. Like millions of Pennsylvanians, I’ve struggled with major depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation my entire life. As I know from my own experience, individuals who are appropriately treated can lead good, healthy and productive lives,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh.

Schlossberg has been a strong advocate for mental health programs and the associated funding since he arrived in Harrisburg in 2013.

During the 2022-23 legislative session, Schlossberg was a member of the Behavioral Health Commission on Adult Mental Health, a 24-person group tasked with providing recommendations to the General Assembly on how to appropriate $100 million in one-time federal American Rescue Plan funding to address behavioral health needs in Pennsylvania. The commission, composed of experts in the behavioral health field, advocates and providers, as well as Schlossberg and other legislators, created a set of recommendations.

In June, the state House of Representatives passed legislation authored by Schlossberg that took recommendations from the commission to expand the efforts to address the needs of struggling Pennsylvanians by funding various programs.

House Bill 849 awaits action by the state Senate.

Photos from Schlossberg’s White House visit may be viewed here.