State Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-37th Dist., was appointed to serve on the Behavioral and Mental Health Commission.

State Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-37th Dist., was appointed to serve on the Behavioral and Mental Health Commission.

King was appointed by Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf to represent the House Republican Caucus on the commission, which was established under legislation signed into law Sept. 6.

Senate Bill 245, which King co-sponsored, created the commission as part of recommendations made by the Behavioral and Mental Health Task Force. The group will be responsible for providing oversight and monitoring the provision of behavioral and mental health care in Delaware.

King has long advocated policy initiatives to improve services and care for Delawareans with mental illness or drug addictions. She helped clear the way for the 90-bed psychiatric hospital in Georgetown. SB 245 addresses the critical need for behavioral and mental health services in Sussex County.

King co-sponsored a new law, Senate Bill 281,  this year that permanently creates the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition by codifying the group. The coalition will be responsible for reviewing statistics and patterns in order to implement methods to reduce suicide and suicide attempts.

Under SB 245, the Behavioral and Mental Health Commission will periodically report to the General Assembly in order to recommend any potential legislative action that “ensures quality delivery and expanded access to behavioral health care.”