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DeLauro Praises the Nomination of Connecticut's Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

April 23, 2021
Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT – House Appropriations Committee Chair and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) issued the following statement on the nomination of Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon for Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Department of Health and Human Services:

“I am thrilled President Biden has selected Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, to help lead our nation’s important work on substance misuse and mental health.

“The issue of mental health and substance use was already a growing concern in this country before the COVID-19 pandemic, with overdose deaths increasing and increases in the number of Americans experiencing anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. But the pandemic has exacerbated these already existing problems and created new barriers to treatment. As Chair of the subcommittee that determines spending for the Department of Health and Human Services, I look forward to having an ally and a partner as we gain a better understanding of the path ahead and the investments we must make.

“As we have seen from her work with the Obama Administration and in Connecticut, Dr. Delphin-Rittmon has the experience and expertise to help lead our country in meaningful recovery.”