IN RECOGNITION OF LINDA ROSENBERG; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 76
(Extensions of Remarks - May 08, 2019)

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                          HON. DORIS O. MATSUI

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Wednesday, May 8, 2019

  Ms. MATSUI. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize Linda Rosenberg, 
the outgoing CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health. As 
members of the community gather today, I ask my colleagues to join me 
in honoring Linda for her leadership as a health care architect and 
reformer in advancing quality care for individuals with behavioral 
health disorders.
  For 15 years, Linda has served as the President and CEO of the 
National Council for Behavioral Health. Under her leadership, the 
National Council has become the nation's most effective advocate for 
behavioral health care, serving 10 million adults, children, and 
families. Linda's work has played a critical role in expanding the 
financing for integrated behavioral health services, ensuring the 
passage of federal mental health and addiction parity law, as well as 
introducing Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. She also helped to 
ensure the inclusion of behavioral health services in the Affordable 
Care Act.
  Linda's commitment to the advancement of behavioral health care can 
be seen throughout the duration of her career. Prior to the National 
Council, she served as Senior Deputy Commissioner of New York State 
Office of Mental Health and helped to implement New York's first Mental 
Health Court. She also has over 30 years of experience as certified 
social worker, family therapist and psychiatric rehabilitation 
practitioner. Linda currently serves on several boards of directors and 
is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance 
for Suicide Prevention. In her honor, the National Council recently 
granted her the Lifetime Achievement Award at their 2019 annual 
  Madam Speaker, as we gather to celebrate Linda Rosenberg's lifetime 
of achievements, I ask all my colleagues to join me in honoring her 
dedication and leadership in the improvement of mental health and 
substance services.