Release of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit

BOSTON – On Tuesday, State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg), along with State Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster), and State Representatives Claire Cronin (D-Easton), Carole Fiola (D-Fall River), and Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury), announced the release of a policy toolkit to help state governments across the country craft mental health and substance abuse legislation and policy.

The Women in Government’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy Toolkit is the result of a year of work by the organization’s National Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. A collaboration of state legislators, mental health professionals, and advocates, the toolkit targets issues such as access to care, housing instability, and recovery resources.

“I am incredibly proud of the work of the task force,” said Representative Benson. “I hope the toolkit will be a valuable resource for legislators across the country who are seeking to improve public policy around mental health and substance abuse in their states.”

Representative Benson serves as one of four Massachusetts State Directors for Women in Government, a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of women state legislators.  Women in Government serves as a member-informed, policy-driven organization leading the nation with a bold, courageous, and passionate vision to empower and mobilize all women state legislators to drive sound policy.

Read the full document here: Women in Government Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit.