United States Congressman Leonard Lance was honored by the National Council for Behavioral Health this month, being named legislator of the year, according to the Republican’s office.
Lance, who represents New Jersey’s seventh district – including Washington Township and the Chesters – was recognized for his leadership “on behalf of persons living with mental health and substance use disorders, as well as on behalf of provider organizations that treat and support them,” his office stated.
“I stand ready to work in a bipartisan capacity to achieve mental health parity in this country,” Lance said during his award acceptance. “There are those who are suffering and need assistance. The Congress and associations like the National Council for Behavioral Health can work together to provide the tools and funds to spark innovation.”
Lance is part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Health Subcommittee, putting him in the position to work on initiatives surrounding mental health issues.