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New police award recognizes Joe’s effectiveness for writing law enforcement mental health proposals enacted by President Trump

41 of Joe's legislative proposals have been signed into law since 2013, including 19 during the Trump Administration alone

Joe Donnelly’s new award from the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a reminder of his track record of effectiveness for the law enforcement community and Hoosiers as a whole, commemorating some of the 19 of Joe’s legislative proposals that have been signed into law by President Trump.

The NAPO award was given to Joe for his effective legislative work for the law enforcement community, particularly for his Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act that was enacted this year. Among other purposes, the act establishes grants for peer mentoring pilot programs and directs the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to help mental health providers address the specific mental health challenges faced by law enforcement.

The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act is the latest success Joe has had in enacting legislation for the mental health of those who are on our nation’s front lines. Joe’s Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act requiring annual mental health assessments for all servicemembers – active duty, guard, and reserve – and provisions from his bipartisan “Servicemember and Veteran Care Package” to improve access to quality mental health care for servicemembers and their families are now law as well.

Joe has also effectively and tirelessly addressed another priority of the law enforcement community by enacting legislation to address opioid addiction in Indiana and across the country. His provisions to update prescribing practices, raise public awareness, and encourage first responder units to connect individuals who receive naloxone with treatment and recovery services became law as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

These legislative successes and the recent NAPO award are only a small part of Joe’s track record of getting results for Hoosiers. 41 of Joe’s legislative proposals have been signed into law since 2013, including 19 since President Trump took office. Joe has crossed the state tirelessly to listen to Hoosiers’ concerns, visiting all 92 counties each of the past four years. He held 544 events in Indiana during 2017 alone.

“This week’s award is proof that Hoosiers are noticing Joe’s long legislative record of getting results for Indiana,” said Kate Oehl, Press Secretary for Joe for Indiana. “As Indiana’s hired help in the Senate, he will continue to work hard every day to effectively stem the tide of the opioid epidemic and improve the lives of our law enforcement officers, servicemembers, and hardworking Hoosiers in every corner of the state.”