Thursday, September 29, 2016

Representative Kimberly Ferguson Named to Special Commission on Behavioral Health

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has appointed State Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson (R-Holden) to serve as his designee on the Special Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention.

Created as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 state budget, the special commission is charged with investigating evidence-based practices, programs and systems to prevent behavioral health disorders and promote behavioral health across the Commonwealth.  In addition to developing recommendations for improving behavioral health in Massachusetts through early detection and intervention, the commission will also focus on increasing collaboration at the state and local levels between community coalitions and public health, mental health, healthcare, education, social services and public safety organizations.

“Representative Ferguson’s education and background in speech/language pathology will serve her well as a member of the special commission,” said Representative Jones.  “I am confident that she will make a positive contribution to the commission as it works to improve the state’s ability to assist individuals and families dealing with behavioral health issues.”

The commission will hold a minimum of 3 public hearings, and is required to issue a report within 24 months of its first meeting.  The commission also has the option of making a draft report available for public comment before filing its final version.

Representative Ferguson is the Ranking House Republican on the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, and is also a member of the Joint Committee on Education and the House Committee on Ways and Means.  A former member of the Wachusett Regional School District Committee and the Holden Board of Selectmen, she is currently serving her third term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Representative Ferguson represents the First Worcester District, which is comprised of Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Precinct 1 in Sterling and Precinct 2 in Westminster.