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Sept. 25: Dave Wellstone to Address Future of Mental Health Parity

Presentation is first in the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel Lecture Series on Mental Health and Wellness.

2018-09-26
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-18-2018

Mankato Free Press coverage

Mankato, Minn. – Paul David Wellstone Jr., son of late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, will address the future of mental health parity in a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium, located in the University’s Centennial Student Union.

The lecture is free and open to the public. (NOTE: Wellstone will be available for media interviews at 5 p.m. and at the conclusion of his presentation at approximately 7:45 p.m. Interviews may be arranged in advance by contacting faculty member Jackie Lewis by phone at 507-389-5659 or by email at jacqueline.lewis@mnsu.edu.)

In his presentation, Wellstone will discuss “The Wellstone Legacy of Mental Health Parity: Successes and Challenges for the Future,” and the work needed to continue the promotion of mental health parity within the health care system, one of his father’s signature legislative efforts during his 11-year tenure in office.

Dave Wellstone was integral in passing federal mental health parity legislation championed by his father, who was a Democrat, along with Republican Sen. Pete Domenici of Arizona and Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad of Minnesota. Dave Wellstone is an author who has been recognized for his work by multiple philanthropic and professional organizations. He currently operates sober living housing in St. Paul, Minn. Dave Wellstone serves on several boards and is an active volunteer within his community.

Wellstone’s Sept. 25 presentation is the first in a new Minnesota State Mankato lecture series – the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel Lecture Series on Mental Health and Wellness.

The lecture series is funded through a grant from major contributor Ken Pengelly, professor emeritus of library media education at Minnesota State Mankato, to honor the work of Walter Roberts Jr., professor emeritus of counselor education, who was a staunch advocate for the promotion of and access to mental health for the children and adults in the state of Minnesota.

For more information, contact Jackie Lewis, professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Counseling and Student Personnel, by phone at 507-389-5659 or by email at jacqueline.lewis@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Counseling and Student Personnel is part of the University’s College of Education.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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