NASHVILLE — Tennessee Senator Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) has been honored by a national health organization for his efforts to aid those who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders.
Mental Health America (MHA) honored Briggs, along with eight other lawmakers from other states, as their “Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Champion” for 2018.
Briggs received the award on Thursday at MHAs Regional Policy Council (RPC) North Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati meeting entitled “Stepping Over Barriers and Building Bridges for Access to Treatment.”
A press release from the group stated, “Tennessee Senator (Dr.) Richard Briggs, Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee and member of the Health and Welfare Committee. He was a practicing physician for 37 years, (including serving as an army combat trauma surgeon) and has devoted his work to serving his country and our nation’s veterans. He is committed to building a mental health system which is responsive to the needs of his states’ citizens.”
“MHA is honored to recognize these distinguished, dedicated, bipartisan public officials,” said Debbie Plotnick, MHA Vice President of Mental Health and Systems Advocacy. “They are dedicated to assuring, protecting and increasing fair access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment,” she concluded.