McCarthy Vahey receives Legislative Champion Award

The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board recognized Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey of Fairfield at its annual meeting on June 22. McCarthy Vahey received the Board’s Legislative Champion Award for her dedicated advocacy for mental health, including actively sponsoring legislation during her first and second terms.

One bill sponsored by Rep. McCarthy Vahey this session aims to address shortages in the psychiatric workforce. The bill was passed by both the House and Senate and is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature.

“As a social worker, chair of Fairfield’s local prevention council, and youth minister, Rep. McCarthy Vahey brings a deep understanding of mental health to her legislative work,” said the Board’s Executive Director, Margaret Watt.

“She cares deeply about these issues and has worked closely with us to introduce and champion legislation over the past two sessions. The mental health community is grateful to have such a committed advocate in Hartford representing our region.”

McCarthy Vahey is a certified suicide prevention trainer who until recently served as co-chair of Fairfield Cares Community Coalition. She was elected in 2014 to serve Fairfield’s 133rd Assembly District and currently serves on the legislature’s Education, Government Administration & Elections, and Transportation Committees.

About Southwest Regional Mental Health Board

Since 1975, the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board has worked to ensure a high-quality behavioral health system by engaging community members, identifying needs, stimulating new initiatives, and advocating for improvements. SWRMHB’s Catchment Area Councils provide a venue for all stakeholders — consumers, family members, providers, and town representative — to work together to improve mental health services to the residents of Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton. For more information call 203-840-1187 or visit HealthyMindsCT.org.

Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey (right) accepts the Legislative Champion for Mental Health Award from Margaret Watt, executive director of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board.

Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey (right) accepts the Legislative Champion for Mental Health Award from Margaret Watt, executive director of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board.

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