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Crider named 2021 Legislator of the Year for improving mental health

The Mental Health America of Indiana recently presented State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) with its 2021 Legislator of the Year Award.


"Sen. Mike Crider has passed and prioritized numerous mental health bills during his tenure in the Indiana General Assembly," said Stephen C. McCaffrey, President and CEO of Mental Health America of Indiana. "These bills have been wide ranging, including the creation of the Indiana Behavioral Health Commission and the expansion of mental health parity. Behavioral health must be a state priority for policy reasons that are rational, financial, and clinical – but it truly makes a difference when you have an understanding that is personal, that you feel at your core. Sen. Crider feels that and we want him to know that his work has truly made a difference."


Crider received this award for his unwavering support and commitment in protecting and promoting legislation for the lives of Hoosiers who have been impacted by behavioral health issues.


“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work on ways to improve the lives of those suffering from mental health challenges," Crider said. "I want to also express my appreciation for my fellow lawmakers who have come alongside me in my efforts to improve mental health outcomes for Hoosiers across our state. It has been a legislative priority of mine for many years and I am humbled and grateful for this recognition and support."


To learn more about bills Crider has authored and had passed into law, click here.


To learn more about Mental Health America of Indiana, click here.