AUGUSTA, Maine — Democratic Sen. Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville has been appointed to the Maine Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Maine is a non-profit grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and their families.
“Mental illness is often a taboo topic, but it affects 1 in 4 American adults,” said Sen. Lachowicz in a prepared statement. “It is an honor to join the NAMI board to continue working to improve mental health care, and raise awareness about an issue that rarely gets the attention it deserves.”
A social worker by profession, Senator Lachowicz has worked in the behavior health field since 1988, working directly with individuals with mental illness and their families. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and spent several years working at Kennebec Behavioral Health. She currently works at Crisis and Counseling Centers in Augusta providing outpatient services to adults, children, and families.
NAMI Maine was founded in the early 1980s when a group of Maine families joined a national movement to improve conditions of treatment for people with mental illness. There is a NAMI in every state, and it is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.