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CarePlus Courage Awards to Honor Assemblywomen Schepisi for Mental Health Advocacy

HTS aproved headshotThe CarePlus Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Courage Awards Gala on May 10, 2017 at the Venetian in Garfield, benefiting the clients and programs of CarePlus. This year’s list of honorees includes Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi for her voice and support of the advocacy efforts regarding the funding transition for the community mental health system.

The Gala celebrates those who tirelessly work on behalf of the mental health community. Proceeds fund educational scholarships, housing and medication assistance, substance abuse services, outpatient treatment and therapy for children and adults who are enrolled in CarePlus services, as well as advocacy and community education.

Assemblywoman Schepisi clearly demonstrated her support of the statewide advocacy efforts around the time of the Legislative Breakfast “Addressing OUR Community Mental Health Crisis” in October 2016, where providers warned that the proposed funding transition was going to be disastrous. During the event, various voices throughout the community were amplified by the collective concern for family members, friends, and neighbors living with mental illness and addiction.

“We have such a significant issue with mental health services and drug addiction. They’re tied together,” Schepisi said in a statement released by Assembly Republicans. “It’s something whereby we need to assure we have the adequate providers and services available for our constituents.”

Despite bipartisan support and emphasis on the importance of the community mental health system,

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