Senator Roraback Honored by Northwest Regional Mental Health Board for Years of Effort on Behalf of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

June 27, 2005

State Senator Andrew Roraback (R-Goshen) was honored today by the Northwest Regional Mental Health Board for his years of legislative work on behalf of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the organization that serves people from 43 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Among the many in attendance at this event was Lieutenant Governor Kevin Sullivan, who was the guest speaker as well as Janine Sullivan-Wiley, the Executive Director of the Mental Health Board and Sue Spring, the Chairman of the Mental Health Board who presented Senator Roraback with his award.

“I am both humbled and honored to be recognized by a group whose membership has advocated so effectively on behalf of people with psychiatric disabilities. No one should be placed in a position where they are called upon to confront the challenges of mental illness alone,” said Senator Roraback. “The Northwest Regional Mental Health Board insures that all individuals receive the attention and support which everyone is entitled to.”

“Senator Roraback is a well-known presence in all of his communities and has been instrumental in bringing about jail diversion options for those with mental illness across the state,” said Sullivan-Wiley. “I was very pleased to present Senator Roraback with his award in appreciation for his years of dedication legislative advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness.”

“Andrew is our salt of the earth. He remains grounded in our local health and addiction services needs while he transmits our concerns effectively in Hartford,” said Spring, who resides in Salisbury and is a constituent of Senator Roraback.

Senator Roraback represents the 30 th district communities of Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester