PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel (center) receives the Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion Award from the Michigan Public Health Week Partnership. 23Apr Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 23, 2018 PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel (second from right) and State Sen. Joe Hune (left) welcome Adam Coon and his mother Dana Coon to the Capitol. Categories: Vaupel News I recently introduced a House Resolution to declare May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan. While the C.A.R.E.S. mental health task force I co-chaired has submitted its findings, the work is just beginning. Eleven bills designed to help those with mental health issues have already been approved by the House of Representatives, and 23 more are currently under consideration by committees. I continue working to find solutions to mental health challenges, and public awareness of the issue is a big part of moving forward.***I was honored to help recognize local 911 emergency telecommunication dispatchers at a ceremony last Friday. These selfless men and women provide professional service and dedication while facing great stress. They deserve our appreciation for all they do. Congratulations to Dan Stevens for winning Employee of the Year, Meghan Kautman on receiving the Award of Excellence and Appreciation, and Lori Bourbeau for her 15 years of service!***It was another busy week attending events throughout the county. I was present for The Arc of Livingston’s Stepping Stones for a Successful Transition program cohosted by the Livingston Educational Service Agency. The program offers assistance for adults with developmental disabilities. Thank you to all who participated and helped with this important event and opportunity.I presented a state tribute to Clay McKenzie at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Eagle Scouts provide tremendous community leadership and service, and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a major accomplishment. Clay’s work with the Connection Youth Services is commendable, and I know he has a bright future ahead.I also had the chance to see the Fowlerville Community Players perform “Annie.” It was a great performance that highlighted some of our tremendous local talent.***On Thursday, I was pleased to welcome Adam Coon to the House floor to present him with a state tribute. Adam is a Fowlerville High School graduate and senior at the University of Michigan. He is one of the top college wrestlers in the country, and he is currently training to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in addition to maintaining his 4.0 grade point average. Adam has accomplished amazing things, and I look forward to seeing his future successes.***I was humbled to be presented the 2018 Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion Award as part of National Public Health Week. I am honored to take a leadership role in working toward a healthier and safer Michigan and am proud of what we have accomplished. I will remain committed to this important cause.***It was another successful year for the Livingston County Home Show and Taste of Livingston. Well done to the Howell Chamber of Commerce for putting together such a great event. I enjoyed seeing everyone, and I look forward to next year!***Thank you to all who attended my April office hours. I hope you’ll be able to join me again next month on Friday, May 18 at the following times and locations:2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to [email protected] We are happy to hear from you!