HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) met with students from Southern Connecticut State University at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford on March 26th, 2018 regarding H.B. 5238, An Act Increasing Mental Health Resources to Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces, a bill Rep. Rebimbas is now cosponsoring.
“I enjoyed meeting with the students and discussing this important bill,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Clearly this legislation has the potential to help thousands of veterans in our state who struggle with mental health issues stemming from their service to this country. I commend these students for their passionate civic engagement, and look forward to supporting this bill when it is called for a vote.”
The bill was introduced to aid veterans and members of the armed forces by improving identification of their mental health needs and directing them to the appropriate resources. Joining Rep. Rebimbas at the LOB was Melissa Kirschbaum, a Naugatuck native, as well as other Social Services students from the New Haven-based university. Rep. Rebimbas discussed the legislative process with the students, listened to their comments on the bill, and offered her support for the legislation.
Raised H.B. No. 5238 received a joint favorable report from the General Assembly’s joint Veterans Affairs Committee, and now heads to the appropriate chamber for a vote. The bill received bipartisan support in the committee and was passed unanimously.