June 6, 2003 – Delegate Donna M. Christensen was one of three members of Congress honored by the National Mental Health Association on Thursday as Legislators of the Year.
Christensen, a physician, was recognized for her leadership as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and for her advocacy on behalf of individuals with, or at risk of, mental illness.
The association applauded her support of mental health parity legislation and her advocacy for prevention and early intervention services for children with disabilities.
In accepting the award, a release from Christensen's office said, she asked for the NMHA's assistance "in addressing the poor state of mental health, including substance abuse services in the Virgin Islands."
The other members of Congress receiving the award were Rep. Mark Foley (R., Fla.) and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D., Texas).
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