Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Brooks, Demings, Collins, Pascrell, Reichert Introduce Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017

2017/04/28

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN), Val Demings (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, which would help agencies create or improve mental health services for law enforcement officers.

“Members of our law enforcement put themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities every day,” said Brooks. “Our officers deal with the unthinkable and daily face situations that can be hard to process and impossible to forget. They need the training and resources to protect their own emotional and mental wellbeing in these situations. This bill provides law enforcement officers with the skills to handle the stress and anxiety associated with their job as well as the resources to address serious mental health challenges that may arise like depression and PTSD. I am proud to support our law enforcement agencies, mental health providers and most importantly, our men and women in blue.”

"Our law enforcement officers are called to some of the most horrific situations and step into harm's way to protect of us every day," said Demings. "As Chief of Police, I made it a priority to talk to my police officers, to understand and know what they were dealing with on the streets.  We should do what we can to take care of them, so they are always prepared to take care of us."

The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 would direct the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop resources to equip local law enforcement agencies to address mental health challenges faced by officers. The bill would also make grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, develop training for mental health providers specific to law enforcement mental health needs, and support law enforcement officers by studying the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks.

"Every hour, the brave men and women of our law enforcement community enter into stressful, dangerous situations on behalf of their neighbors,” said Collins. “Like our service members, police officers deserve an array of support to meet their unique wellness needs. As the son of a Georgia State Trooper, I’m encouraged that, through the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, collaboration among the Departments of Justice, Defense, and Veterans Affairs will help our law enforcement communities better serve the officers who protect us every day."

“The brave men and women in law enforcement put themselves in difficult, dangerous, and sometimes life-threatening situations every day” said Pascrell. “While I have fought for new physical equipment and advanced technology to protect them when on duty, we must ensure law enforcement has the resources, support and training to address mental health issues as well. That is why I am proud to be an original sponsor of this bipartisan effort to bolster the connections between local mental health professionals and law enforcement as a way to educate officers and supervisors about the importance of mental health issues.”

“The traumas faced by members of law enforcement do not leave them when they go home at the end of the day,” said Reichert. “During my time in the Sheriff’s Office I lost dear friends and witnessed tragedies that are forever seared into my memory. Just like our military members who protect us abroad, our law enforcement officers who protect us here at home need and deserve access to critical mental health and wellness services. I am proud to support a bipartisan bill that gathers information that will help us provide much needed mental health care to those who sacrifice so much on our behalf.”

This legislation is supported by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the National Association of Police Officers (NAPO), the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), and the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

"Our officers wear protective clothing and other equipment to keep themselves safe from physical harm, but these officers also face challenges to their mental health and well-being.  Unlike many other professions, sometimes you can't leave the job at the office,” said Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police.

The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 is the companion bill to S.876, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN) earlier this month. Additional original co-sponsors of S. 876 include Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Chris Coons (D-DE).

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Brooks Meets with Syria Civil Defense White Helmets

2017/04/26

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) met with members of the Syria Civil Defense (SCD), also known as the White Helmets. Mounir Mustafa, deputy head of the SCD, Jehad Mahameed, liaison officer of the SCD, and Manal Abazeed, SCD volunteer, are three of the more than 3,000 volunteers that provide emergency medical assistance to civilians caught in Syria’s civil war. The SCD is a neutral and impartial organization dedicated to serving the people of Syria. Volunteers are unarmed and pledge to help anyone in need, regardless of religion or politics.

“In the face of daily airstrikes and chemical weapons attacks on Syrian civilians, Mounir, Jehad, Manal, and other members of the White Helmets run towards crisis and disaster to offer help to the thousands of Syrians who have been injured, maimed and killed during this civil war,” Brooks said. “They believe in their country and in building a brighter future for the Syrian people. Their service in the face of danger and unspeakable horrors is more than inspiring. It is a call to action. We must stand with the White Helmets to prevent further atrocities, like the chemical weapons attack that struck Khan Sheikhoun earlier this month, from killing more innocent men, women and children.”

Since the founding of the SCD in 2013, over 170 White Helmet volunteers have made the “ultimate sacrifice” while working to save their people and country. In that same timeframe, the White Helmets have saved over 90,922 lives in Syria. That is the greatest number of lives saved in such a short period of time. A Netflix documentary about the White Helmets won Best Documentary Short at the 2017 Oscars.

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Brooks Joins Governor Chris Christie for White House Opioid Listening Session

2017/04/25

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) participated in a President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis listening session for Members of Congress led by Governor Chris Christie at the White House. Brooks released the following statement after the meeting:

Since 1999, sales of prescription opioids in our country have quadrupled. At the same time, prescription opioid overdose deaths have also quadrupled. This is not a coincidence, and it’s why we must address the over-prescription of pain medication, stem the flow of heroin and fentanyl into our communities, improve treatment options for people struggling with substance abuse and give our law enforcement and medical professionals the tools they need on the front lines of this crisis.”

“I want to applaud and thank President Trump and Governor Christie for making this issue a top priority and for inviting my colleagues and me here today to discuss additional steps we can take to address the heroin and opioid crisis. I am passionate about finding more treatment options and offering better continuum of care for people struggling with substance abuse, and I will continue to work with the Administration and my colleagues to put an end to this deadly epidemic.”  

In 2016, Brooks served on the conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that negotiated the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law. In addition, Brooks helped lead efforts to pass the 21st Century Cures Act which included $1 billion to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America presented Brooks with their 2016 Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of her efforts to address the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Brooks also serves on the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus focused on raising awareness and increasing education regarding substance abuse and addiction treatment. This caucus also aims to help decrease the negative stigma that comes with these diseases and improve the lives of the people around the country suffering from addiction and substance abuse.

 

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State gets grant to fight opioids - $10.9 million 'desperately' needed

2017/04/25

INDIANAPOLIS – A federal agency has awarded Indiana nearly $11 million to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis.

The state's funding from the Health and Human Services is among $485 million the agency recently awarded to all 50 states and several U.S. territories.

Those grants were awarded based in part on overdose death rates. The funding will support an array of prevention, treatment and recovery services for people that are addicted to opioids.

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks says Indiana has been hard-hit by heroin and prescription opioid abuse. She says the $10.9 million in funding will help it get the resources it “desperately needs” to reduce overdose deaths and boost substance abuse treatment and recovery.

Brooks represents for the 5th Congressional District, which stretches from the north side of Indianapolis to the Marion area.

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Brooks Brings Local Educators and Leaders in Government and Public Safety Together to Talk Careers

2017/04/24

Fishers, Ind. - Today at the Fishers Municipal Complex, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) hosted her 6th Connecting Careers and Classrooms event for 50 local teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators. Connecting Careers and Classrooms ensures local educators learn about the vast array of career opportunities available to students in the Fifth District and helps teachers and school administrators better prepare our kids for these careers. Today’s Connecting Careers and Classrooms event focused on careers in public service and public safety.

“From police officers and firefighters to public administrators and state and federal government employees, it’s important that students build the skills they need to succeed in these important roles so that they can be a part of helping their fellow citizens and building a brighter future for their communities,” Brooks said. “We learned that students should build good communication and technology skills, and develop fluency in other languages and cultures. We also learned there are opportunities for Hoosiers with diverse educational backgrounds. Many of the career tracks we learned about require a high school diploma or GED, others require some college or military service, and still more require a highly specialized education.

Participants in today’s event heard from leaders in local, state and federal government, law enforcement, public safety and community organizations that partner with schools on career exploration, about the variety of rewarding job opportunities available. Participants also got a behind the scenes look at Fishers City Hall, the Fishers Fire Department and the Fishers Police Department. The keynote address was given by Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, followed by panel discussions focused on law enforcement and first responders, public administrators, criminal justice and career exploration programs for students. Panelists at today’s event included Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Chad Knect, Fishers Fire Chief Steve Orusa, Boone County Sheriff’s Department Major Tony Harris, FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne, Public Relations Director for the City of Fishers Ashley Elrod,  Hamilton County Commissioner’s Assistant Dan Stevens, Federal Executive Association of Indiana President Patricia Nachand, Indiana State Department of Personnel Director Brandye Hendrickson, Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen, Marion County Juvenile Court Judge Marilyn Moores, Junior Achievement-Job Spark Vice President of Education Alyssa Andis, MSD of Decatur Township Director of College and Career Readiness Dr. Chris Duzenbury, Westfield Chamber of Commerce President Jack Russell and Sheridan Early Intervention Advocate Lisa Samuels.

“Fueling the future for our students is only accomplished through cooperation between industry and educators,” Brooks continued. “These events give our teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators the opportunity to better understand the jobs and careers available to Hoosier students and make sure that our educators understand what skills and training kids need to be successful in a variety of careers. Jobs in public service and public safety provide rewarding careers that help build stronger communities.”

Connecting Careers and Classrooms has been attended by over 350 educators since Congresswoman Brooks held the first event in 2014. Previous Connecting Careers and Classrooms events have focused on careers in healthcare, agribusiness, technology, financial services and life sciences. Participants who attend have the opportunity to earn continuing education credit along with the chance to connect with top local employers.

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Indiana Gets Nearly $11M to Combat Heroin, Opioid Abuse

2017/04/24

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has awarded Indiana nearly $11 million to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis.
 
The state's funding from the Health and Human Services is among $485 million the agency recently awarded to all 50 states and several U.S. territories.
 
Those grants were awarded based in part on overdose death rates. The funding will support an array of prevention, treatment and recovery services for people addicted to opioids.
 
U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks says Indiana has been hard-hit by heroin and prescription opioid abuse. She says the $10.9 million in funding will help it get the resources it "desperately needs" to reduce overdose deaths and boost substance abuse treatment and recovery.
 
Brooks represents for the 5th Congressional District, which stretches from the north side of Indianapolis to the Marion area.
 
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Last Week to Submit 2017 Congressional Art Competition Entries

2017/04/21

WHAT:                 The Congressional Art Competition is a nation-wide high school arts competition that is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Only one winner is selected from each Congressional District. The winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the duration of the exhibition along with other pieces by students from around the country.

WHO:                   All high school students who live or attend school in the Fifth District of Indiana which includes communities and schools in Blackford, Boone, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Madison, Marion and Tipton counties. For a map of the Fifth District, please click here.

WHEN:                 Submissions are due on April 28, 2017, before 5:00 p.m. 

WHERE:               Submissions should be sent to or dropped off at either of Congresswoman Susan Brooks’ offices in the Fifth District.

                                                Carmel Office: 11611 North Meridian Street, Suite 415, Carmel, Indiana 46032

                                                Anderson Office: 120 East 8th Street, Suite 101, Anderson, Indiana 46016

GUIDELINES:      All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional.
  • If selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, D.C., framed.
  • Be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Work entered must be in the original medium; that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing. More information, including additional rules for students and teachers are available online at: https://susanwbrooks.house.gov/services/art-competition

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Indiana to Receive $10.9 Million to Address Opioid Crisis

2017/04/20

CARMEL, Ind. – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced that HHS will soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis. Indiana will receive $10.9 million.

“The heroin and opioid abuse crisis has hit Hoosiers and our communities hard,” Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) said. “Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, Indiana is getting the resources it desperately needs to reduce overdose deaths; help Hoosiers get treatment for substance abuse and stay in recovery; and reduce the over-prescription of opioids. Still, there is more to be done, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, Governor Holcomb and other state and local partners to end this public health crisis.”

This is the first of two rounds of funding provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act which was signed into law last year with Brooks’ support. The grants will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To combat the ongoing opioid crisis, HHS has prioritized five specific strategies: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research. More information about these grants is available here.

In 2016, Brooks served on the conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that negotiated the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law. In addition, Brooks helped lead efforts to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America presented Brooks with their 2016 Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of her efforts to address the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Brooks also serves on the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus focused on raising awareness and increasing education regarding substance abuse and addiction treatment. This caucus also aims to help decrease the negative stigma that comes with these diseases and improve the lives of the people around the country suffering from addiction and substance abuse.

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Indiana to receive $10.9 million grant to help fight opioid epidemic

2017/04/20

CARMEL, Ind.– Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price announced Thursday that Indiana will receive a federal grant for approximately $10.9 million to assist in the fight against the state’s opioid epidemic.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which includes $1 billion over the next two years to help combat opioid abuse and heroin use.

“The heroin and opioid abuse crisis has hit Hoosiers and our communities hard,” Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) said. “Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, Indiana is getting the resources it desperately needs to reduce overdose deaths; help Hoosiers get treatment for substance abuse and stay in recovery; and reduce the over-prescription of opioids.”

According to a press release, HHS has prioritized five specific strategies to combat the opioid crisis.

They include strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research.

Authorities in a central Indiana county responded to more than 200 drug overdosesduring the first three months of 2017, including two dozen fatal overdoses.

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Congresswoman calls Purdue Anderson a world-class facility

2017/04/18

ANDERSON — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks described her first visit to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute as impressive in terms of the facility and the programs being offered in Anderson.

Brooks, R-5th District, took a tour of the academic area and the Maker Space facilities that will help foster start-up companies.

“It’s a world-class education facility where students of all ages are going to have the opportunity to learn incredible skills,” she said. “They can then walk through the hallway and look for jobs with the growing companies that are here.”

Brooks said it is a really beautiful facility and the kind of place where people will want to come and learn.

“They’ve got incredible educators who have been in industry and know what it’s like to find a job,” said. “They’re taking their knowledge and working with kids from sixth grade to high school, get them interested in learning.”

The internships being offered with the schools will be the feeder system to make sure this Purdue campus grows, Brooks said.

“The new companies in this region are so dynamic that the region is very fortunate this facility is here,” she said.

During the tour Corey Sharp, director of Purdue University College of Technology at Anderson, said the center is working with the Anderson Township Trustee Girls and Boys Club by offering a five-week program in woodworking and electronics.

“It’s part of the after-school program for students in grades 6 through 12,” Sharp said. “The students had to write an essay while applying to outline what they hoped to accomplish through the program.”

Sharp said funding from the Ball Brothers Foundation helped purchase the necessary equipment.

Brooks was shown the 3D printer lab, mechanical engineering and metal working facilities.

Jeff Heiking, a mechanical engineering professor with Purdue University, said the students are manufacturing parts in the 3D lab that will be used in a robotic gardening program being developed with Anderson Preparatory Academy.

Stephen Ansuini, of the Center for Employee Development, said he moved his lean manufacturing equipment from Michigan to Anderson.

He said there are only five training centers open to the public in the United States with one in Georgia and three near Charlotte.

“We strive for stabilization and to reduce costs,” Ansuini said. “We want to make the companies more competitive in the world markets.”

Brooks said private sector companies from around the U.S. can send employees to Anderson for training.

Sharp said mechanical engineering students use the training system to learn lean manufacturing.

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Congresswoman Susan Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight diverse counties throughout the central part of the Hoosier State. As a new member of Congress, she currently serves on the Education and Workforce, Homeland Security and Ethics Committees. She is also the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.

Her strong background in both the public and private sectors includes experience as a proven difference maker in areas such as public safety, homeland security, counter-terrorism and economic development.

Before joining the House of Representatives, Susan served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College. Collaborating with a wide network or stakeholders, she implemented workforce development strategies aiming to enhance job training and placement for thousands of Hoosier residents.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Susan as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer for a majority of the Hoosier state, she received bi-partisan acclaim for efforts to battle mortgage fraud, gun violence, drug trafficking, gangs, child exploitation and identity theft.

Susan also earned recognition as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis during the Steve Goldsmith administration, where she provided oversight on public safety operations and drove community dialogue on vital civic issues. Over her tenure, she managed police, fire and emergency response efforts while serving on boards related to criminal justice, community corrections, violence reduction and race relations.

Susan practiced law at the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller and also served as a criminal defense attorney for Indianapolis based McClure, McClure and Kammen.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, Susan pursued a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In May of 2013, Susan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Marian University in Indianapolis. She resides in Carmel, Indiana with her husband David and they have two young adult children.


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