Rep. Pelosi receives APA Outstanding Leadership Award

March 15, 2011 -- On the one-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was honored at the 2011 State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Washington, D.C. with the APA Outstanding Leadership Award. A long-time advocate for mental health and addiction parity, Pelosi received the award for her support of and commitment to psychology.

Calling the Affordable Care Act “our signature accomplishment,” Pelosi told the audience that advocacy by grassroots psychologists “was essential to ensure…the inclusion of mental health and substance abuse services as essential benefits in the health insurance exchanges, and a focus on improvements in quality of care, including the coordination of care that helps ensure health needs, including mental health needs, don’t fall through the cracks.”

Rep. Pelosi urged psychology leaders to stand strong to protect the Affordable Care Act, and to advocate for the protection of Medicare reimbursement. She concluded her remarks by recognizing psychologists for their work, saying, “It is you who provide the quality, and compassionate, mental health care – person-to-person, bringing people to health… Thank you for creating a healthier America!”

Read the full transcript of Rep. Pelosi’s address.