Nemours Children’s, Delaware Congressional Delegation Host HHS Secretary Becerra for a Children’s Mental Health Forum

August 1, 2022

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, Monday, August 1, 2022, Nemours Children’s Health hosted Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at the Nemours Estate in Wilmington, Delaware, for a forum on improving mental health and behavior of children. Forum attendees included leaders and families of Nemours Children, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del. ), Delaware Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Delaware Secretary of Health and Human Services Molly Magarik, community leaders, business leaders, and local and state officials.

R. LAWRENCE MOSS, MD, FACS, FAAP, president and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health, speaks at a children’s mental health forum Monday, August 1, 2022, at Nemours Children’s Health Center in Wilmington, OF. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

“Today’s Children’s Mental Health Roundtables are an example of how we can come together on the critical issue of child and youth mental health, learn from each other and develop actionable solutions. », said R. Lawrence Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP, President and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health. “We must respond to the youth mental health crisis with action and Nemours Children’s is working to improve access for Delaware children. We look forward to working with our state and federal leaders on policies and laws that will help Nemours and other providers create the healthiest generations of children.

US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary XAVIER BECERRA delivers remarks at a Children’s Mental Health Forum Monday, August 1, 2022, at the Nemours Children’s Health Center in Wilmington, DE. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

“I had a great discussion at Nemours Children’s Health to learn how the Nemours and Delaware Congressional Delegation is working to meet the mental and behavioral health needs of children across the state,” said HHS Secretary Becerra. “As part of the HHS National Tour to Strengthen Mental Health, I’ve had the good fortune to travel across the country and hear stories from people from all walks of life, and they all say the same thing: ‘We we need help.” The Biden-Harris administration has prioritized solving our country’s mental health crisis by making historic investments to address the behavioral health needs of children. And the Department of Health and Social Services, we have made a department-wide commitment to rethink and reimagine the way we respond to and treat mental health in this country, and while we have made great strides, the work continues.

U.S. Senator TOM CARPER (D-Del.) delivers remarks at a children’s mental health forum Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at the Nemours Children’s Health Center in Wilmington, DE. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

“I am so proud that Secretary Becerra was able to come to Delaware and see first hand how we are implementing good public policy to meet the needs of children and families, especially when it comes to youth mental health” , said US Senator Tom Carper. “I have been laser-focused on strengthening families since my days as governor, and one way we are working on that today is to make much-needed investments in school mental health care services and telehealth. . It is important that we remove barriers to services for these children and meet them where they are.

U.S. Senator CHRIS COONS (D-Del.) delivers remarks at a children’s mental health forum Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Nemours Children’s Health Center in Wilmington, DE. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

“Taking care of the mental health of Delawares in their early years can help our children do better in school, avoid poor performance, and lead richer, more fulfilling lives for decades to come,” said US Senator Chris Coons. “I’m glad we were able to show Secretary Becerra the great work Nemours Children’s Health is doing to expand access to mental health care for children in Wilmington, and appreciated hearing what we can do. more to Congress to improve and increase mental health care opportunities throughout the first state.

Congresswoman LISA BLUNT ROCHESTER (D-Del.) delivers remarks at a children’s mental health forum Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Nemours Children’s Health Center in Wilmington, DE. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

“Children in Delaware and across the country are facing unprecedented mental health challenges since before the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester. “That’s why today’s roundtable on youth mental health is so essential – because it brought together federal and state officials, community partners, young people and health professionals to engage in meaningful dialogue. on how best to combat this crisis through all available avenues. As a member of the House Health Subcommittee, I introduced four bipartisan bills to support our children by expanding the capacity of pediatric services to behavioral and mental health, funding community activities, supporting training and workforce innovations, and expanding access to telehealth I am honored to have Secretary Becerra in Delaware for this conversation timely – a conversation that will undoubtedly spark innovative solutions and policies to support struggling children in Delaware and across the country. s mental health.

The forum consisted of a roundtable divided into four panels to discuss four topics: mental and behavioral health challenges facing young people, pediatric health workforce shortages and infrastructure needs, well-being at school and innovative policy solutions. Additionally, Secretary Becerra highlighted the Biden-Harris administration’s work in addressing the mental health crisis – highlighting the mental and behavioral needs of children and teachers as they prepare to return to school. school in the fall. US Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), US Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) all highlighted their work in Congress to deal with the crisis , including several key pieces of legislation that were introduced or enacted to improve access to telehealth services and school-based mental health care. Additional information on how HHS, the Delaware Congressional delegation, and the State of Delaware, including Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, State Rep. Val Longhurst, and State Senator Sarah McBride, are working to address the crisis in youth mental health. here [bluntrochester.house.gov].

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