Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) will be honored with the Practice Directorate's Outstanding Leadership Award at the APA Practice Organization's 2003 State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Washington, D.C., this month.
Kennedy is the lead Democratic sponsor of mental health parity in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Peter Newbould, director of congressional and political affairs in APA's Practice Organization, "Kennedy has championed the legislation from his seat on the influential subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations. He has also sponsored other legislation important to psychology, such as the Extended Disaster Mental Health Services Act and the Children's Mental Health Service Expansion Act."
The Outstanding Leadership Award is presented annually to a member of Congress who has significantly contributed to the goals of professional psychology.
In addition to Rep. Kennedy, the SLC speaker lineup will feature often-quoted political expert Larry J. Sabato, PhD, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. Sabato, the author of several books, including "Overtime! The Election of 2000" (Longman, 2001) and "Peepshow: Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal" (Rowan and Littlefield, 2000), will speak on the importance of political giving from an academic perspective.
Coverage of the SLC will appear in the May Monitor.
--J. DAW HOLLOWAY