As a non-practicing registered nurse, my path to Congress was heavily influenced by my position as the Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Hospital. In that role, I saw the plight of individuals suffering from mental illnesses, and the inadequacies of the system that allowed them to fall through the cracks. Because of my experience I am uniquely placed to tackle these issues, and have strived for common-sense reforms and legislation to help our most vulnerable.
Our country must reevaluate the way we talk about and classify mental illness, in order to initiate a pragmatic and comprehensive reform of our mental healthcare system. That is why I served as the Democratic co-sponsor of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) during the 114th Congress. I am so proud to see much of the framework of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act enacted into law in 2016 through the 21st Century Cures Act. By providing more proven and effective services to more individuals, we can offer the tools and mechanisms to treat mental health issues and improve the lives of those affected by mental illness in the U.S.
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Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today introduced the National Nurse Act of 2019. This bill, H.R. 1597, will designate the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as the “National Nurse for Public Health.” The responsibilities of the position would task the National Nurse for Public Health with identifying and addressing national health priorities.
“After 307 mass shootings in our country this year, enough is enough.
“We mourn the loss of the 12 Americans killed, including one police officer, in California. Once again, we are summoned to console the families who saw their loved ones killed at the hands of senseless gun violence.
Dallas, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today released the following statement after 11 were killed and another six were injured in a shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA:
DALLAS, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Dallas VA Medical Center Emergency Department. The new department provides 27 Main Emergency Department beds, each in its own individual, private room.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today secured the passage of H.R. 2345, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill proposes meaningful changes to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line. Co-authoring the bill with Congresswoman Johnson is Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT).
The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 379-1 and received overwhelming, bi-partisan support. It now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman John Culberson today attended a presentation of the Hearing Voices of Support Perception Changing Art Installation created by the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA).
Dallas, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson received the Texas Hospital Association’s (THA) Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award this week after being honored with the recognition in a ceremony in Washington, DC last month. The award recognizes Congresswoman Johnson for her commitment to good health care policy and support of policy issues of significance to health systems.