BOSTON- On Nov. 1, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) was appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. Friedman previously served as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service after she was sworn into the Senate in July following a special election to succeed the late Senator Ken Donnelly.
As Chair, Senator Friedman will play a significant leadership role as the Committee considers legislative matters related to behavioral health, drug detoxification, Department of Mental Health oversight, mental illness and substance use, mental illness and substance use treatment and services, and other associated issues.
“I’m honored to be appointed the Senate Chair of this Committee and to continue to fight for individuals who suffer from debilitating mental illness and substance use disorder,” said Senator Friedman. “In the midst of a mental health and opioid crisis, we need to do everything we can on the state-level to ensure that individuals with behavioral health conditions are able to get access to timely treatment that they need to manage their illness or addiction.”