INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 17, 2015) – Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) was named Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Psychological Association (IPA). The award was presented at their December board meeting.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the IPA. I look forward to continuing to work with the association on important issues, which positively impact public health and access to mental health services for all Hoosiers,” Steuerwald said.
This award stemmed from Steuerwald’s co-authorship of two pieces of legislation during the 2015 legislative session. The first measure allows the Department of Corrections to be an inmate’s authorized representative when applying for Medicaid. The second law benefits local communities by emphasizing addiction treatment, and protecting the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
“Rep. Steuerwald has been an effective leader in shifting the corrections system culture in Indiana from one of labeling and stigmatizing Hoosiers with substance use and other mental health disorders to one focused on treatment and prevention,” Dr. Barbara said.
IPA is the largest organization in the state representing the interests of psychologists and consumers in the area of mental health and wellness.