Mental Health, Illness & Addiction Policy Advisor
Mike Gamms (G-NY27) Congressional Campaign Adds Rosemary Callahan as Mental Health, Illness & Addiction Policy Advisor
Victor, NY - New York 27 Green Party Congressional Nominee, MIKE GAMMS, has officially added ROSEMARY CALLAHAN to his Congressional Campaign Staff, filing the role of Mental Health, Illness & Addiction Policy Advisor. For the past eight years, Rose has worked with individuals with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) on the north and west sides of Chicago. She also has 36 years of personal experience with SMI and SUD and has been in long term recovery for 10 years. Rose earned a BA in Mental Health and Advocacy and a MA in Human Services and, through the state of Illinois, is a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, Mental Illness/Substance Abuse (CADC MISA I) and a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS). About her new role with Gamms for NY 27, Rosemary added:
“I am excited to work with Mike Gamms on his congressional campaign. He has a history of
standing with some of the most marginalized individuals, and while his views may not be
fashionable or attractive, it is time that we address and act on systemic issues that plague our society. Mike understands that the mental health of individuals in this country is in dire need of help and that individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders are human beings who deserve compassion and adequate treatment.
As a policy advisor, I will work with Mike on several issues. We need to address the mental
health needs of Americans; this will be especially important in the months to come as we see the full impact and aftershocks of Covid-19. But, while some people want to go back to “normal” we must question and confront conditions prior to the pandemic. Additionally, we need to bring more attention to helping individuals with mental illness. They are often put on the back burner and forgotten resulting in mass homelessness and incarceration. These individuals deserve support and access to treatment options which do not inhibit them from living their lives. Many different levels of care are often needed in order to address these individuals’ needs and it is outrageous that they are not able to get the care they need when they need it. Lastly, much more needs to be done to assist our brothers and sister with substance use disorders. We are letting some of our most brilliant people die painful, lonely deaths. It does not have to be like this. Individuals need to have access to treatment when they need it and not in six months. Harm reduction methods need to be expanded and safe injection sights must be legalized and opened in order to support individuals as they navigate their recovery. Narcan should be free and widely distributed. There is a lot of work to be done, but it is possible to achieve these things and more with the correct allocation of attention and funding.”
Mike Gamms will be on the ballot on the Green Party line in NY27 on June 23rd 2020.
For more information, please visit Gamms4NY.org or email Gamms4NY@gmail.com