NASHVILLE – State Senator Doug Overbey (R- Maryville) has been chosen to receive the 2015 Legislative Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for his efforts on behalf of citizens suffering from the disease. The award is presented each year to recognize those legislators who are “dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with mental illness, their families and communities.”
“This award is a great honor and I am humbled to receive it,” said Senator Overbey. “It is very important that patients have access to treatment and the kind of recovery supports needed to improve our mental health system. I look forward to continuing to work with NAMI and other citizens looking to improve services for those who suffer from mental illness.”
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. The organization is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses.
The award will be presented at the upcoming NAMI Tennessee State Convention which will take place in Nashville on September 24.