Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Rep. Sandra Masin (51A) - Legislative Update 6/17/2016
Posted on 23 June 2016
Rep. Masin posted this recently in her private blog:
Women In Government is holding a Summit on Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders today and tomorrow in Bloomington. William Moyers, Vice President of Public Affairs, at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation talked about "Eliminating Barriers to Success." He said that he appreciates the use of "Substance Use Disorders" over "Substance Abuse." He said we need to eliminate the stigma attached to the problem and repeatedly said that "addiction doesn't discriminate." People need to know that it is okay to ask for help.
Kelly O'Brien, the Executive Director of The Kennedy Forum started her presentation with a video about "The System We Need." Both she and Sue Abderholden, the Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota, concentrated on the parity of mental health treatment to physical health treatment. Basically, it sounds like mental health has a ways to go.
Senator Barb Goodwin of Minnesota and Ira Burnim, Legal Director of Judge David Bazelon Center on Mental Health talked about mental health concerns in the Criminal Justice System. The sad fact is that we are imprisoning people that should be treated in mental health facilities. Not only is this barbaric, it is more costly and it hardly achieves a positive outcome.
The evening concluded with a screening of If Only, a movie about drug addiction among teens. Two men who worked on this project gave passionate presentations about the need to have community discussions this issue. Too many children are dying.
AFSCME Council 5 Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 18 June 2016
Constituent Coffee Hour
I just want to remind you that I will be hosting another Constituent Coffee Hour at the Silver Bell Diner (1981 Silver Bell Rd, Eagan, MN) We will be there from 10 A.M. until noon on Saturday, June 18th. I really enjoy talking with and listening to people in our community so please stop by if you are able. This is always a casual gathering so please come and go as it fits your schedule.
Last Sunday (June 12th), I spoke with many people who attended the Eagan Historical Society's reopening celebration for Eagan's 1914 Town Hall. Later, I attended a memorial and concert to celebrate the life of Tony Caponi in Caponi Art Park. It is always such a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the many community events that Eagan and Burnsville have to offer.
I also want to thank everyone that was able to come to the Town Hall that Senator Carlson and I held last week. Most of the discussion was on the components of a comprehensive transportation bill.
Wednesday, legislative leaders met with the Governor to discuss the potential special session. Unfortunately, little progress was made. I am disappointed with the chaotic end of session. The majority party is responsible for scheduling the bills. This session it felt like the House Republican Majority truly underestimated the time frame needed to conduct our business. This was further complicated because the House and Senate met in different buildings.
I will continue to work with all of my colleagues to find a compromise so we can finish the job and pass the bonding and tax bills.
Please let me know if you have questions or concerns that I can assist you with.
Education Minnesota Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 16 June 2016
I am very pleased and honored to have received the endorsement of AFSCME 5 whose members provide many of the public services that benefit our citizens and communities.
One of the values they share in their work is the belief that there is dignity in all work, and there should be dignity for all workers. That should be a universal value! I thank AFSCME 5 for their support.
Town Hall Meeting - June 9th
Posted on 3 June 2016
I am proud to announce that I have received the endorsement of Education Minnesota. Education Minnesota represents 70,000 educators in public schools and facilities in Minnesota. These include teachers, education assistants, secretaries, school cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, and educators of higher education.
I believe a good education system is essential to our economy and, more importantly, it enables people to reach their potential.
Legislative Update - May 27, 2016
Posted on 2 June 2016
Please Join Representative Sandra Masin and Senator Jim Carlson for a town hall meeting to review the legislative session.
The meeting will be held Thursday, June 9th at Metcalf Junior High School, 2500 Diffley Road, Burnsville, MN from 6:30-8:30 pm, in the school cafeteria.
Rep. Masin stands up for women on the floor of the MN House
Posted on 27 May 2016
The 2016 legislative session ended shortly before midnight May 22, 2016 amidst a clamor of representatives still trying to be recognized. In a last minute attempt to fund transportation, the House Majority presented a revised bonding bill with a one-time sum of $300 million for transportation from the budget surplus. The final bonding/transportation bill was hurriedly cobbled together in the closing hours of session, allowing us less than 45 minutes to review the bill. The bill passed in the House, but was amended in the Senate and the House adjourned before considering the amended bill. [more]
Rep. Masin to seek re-election for House District 51A
Posted on 5 May 2016
Representative Masin stood up for the integrity of women during a House debate about licensure for women's health centers like Planned Parenthood. Representative Deb Kiel called women "too emotional," saying women should have a single doctor who can make decisions for them in "emotional" times like pregnancy. Click here to see Rep. Masin's response.
The video is from the MN House record of the session on April 28, 2016.
On the video you can see Rep. Kiel making her unthoughtful remark at 1:35:00-1:35:50. Rep. Masin responds to this unfortunate remark at 1:37:15-1:37:45. Rep. Selcer then make a remark rebuking Re. Kiel at 1:37:55-1:38:18.
Posted on 1 March 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATE REPRESENTATIVE SANDRA MASIN SEEKS RE-ELECTION
Eagan, MN -- Minnesota State Representative Sandra Masin is pleased to announce her decision to seek re-election in 2016 to District 51A, which covers western Eagan and northern Burnsville.
"It is a privilege to represent the citizens of House District 51A, a responsibility I take very seriously. I ask humbly for your continued support in the 2016 election,"ť Masin said.
Masin is a Democrat and an Eagan resident who has worked on behalf of the citizens and families of Eagan and Burnsville, to ensure accessible representation in St. Paul. Looking toward the campaign season, Masin promises to continue engaging residents on transportation issues.
"During the election cycle, I want to connect with voters to continue to tackle issues facing the state, including funding for high-quality education, closing the achievement gap for Minnesota kids, affordable and accessible healthcare, student debt reduction, lowering property taxes, and a sustainable and prosperous job market in our district and beyond," she said.
Sandra Masin is currently serving her fourth two-year term. As a State Representative she has achieved inclusion of legislation in the Womenâ€™s Economic Security Act and worked to further broadband access across the state. Masin continues to support the equal treatment of women and minorities, environmental protection, and policies that benefit Minnesota families.
For more information, contact Sandra Masin at 651-452-3411.
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