ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI-MN) has named the Mental Health Legislative Caucus Legislator of the Year for 2005. State Representatives Sandra Peterson and Lyndon Carlson are both founding members of the bipartisan caucus.
"The formation of the Mental Health Legislative Caucus was truly groundbreaking," said Sue Aberholden, NAMI-MN's Executive Director. "The first in the country, it provides an opportunity for legislators to learn more about the many aspects of the mental health system."
" I'm glad that so many of us were able to work beyond partisanship to move towards a common goal of understanding and treating mental illness," Peterson said.
"I hope the formation of this caucus leads to more awareness here on the state level about mental illness and the issues surrounding it," Carlson added.
NAMI-MN lists its mission as championing justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illness.