Representative James O'Day Sponsors Department of Mental Health Citizen's Legislative Breakfast

March 4, 2013

Representative James J. O’Day sponsors Department of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast


Worcester – Representative James O’Day was the proud sponsor of the annual Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Central Mass Area Citizen's Legislative Breakfast at the new Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital this past Friday, March 1, 2013.  The event provides an opportunity for people with mental illness, family members, providers and advocates to interact with state legislators.


Representative O’Day has represented the 14th Worcester District as its State Representative since winning a special election in 2007.  Over the past 6 years, Representative O’Day has made advocacy for people with mental illness a cornerstone of his career.  Representative O’Day has sat on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse for his first two terms and has always maintained a good relationship with the Department of Mental Health. 


“I was honored to have been asked by the Department of Mental Health to sponsor their annual Central Massachusetts Legislative Breakfast.  I am both proud and grateful for the progress we as a Commonwealth have made towards improving the continuum of care for those suffering with mental illness. I also realize that our work never stops and that there is much more to be done to ensure that all citizens have access to quality mental health care" said Representative O'Day.


 “This is an opportunity for the mental health community—consumers, families, providers and advocates—to meet with their legislators, thank them for their support and discuss with them the many services DMH provides to individuals with serious mental illness,” said DMH Commissioner Marcia Fowler.


The theme of this year’s DMH breakfast series is “Community First and Our Future.” The event’s centerpiece is the personal stories shared by DMH consumers and their families. Their experiences put a face on mental illness, demonstrate that treatment works and remind us that people with mental illness can achieve important accomplishments and most importantly, recover and lead satisfying and productive lives.


More than 250 people including legislators, consumers, family members and advocates and providers attended the breakfast.