Last week, the governor signed legislation we passed during the 2022 session to designate Juneteenth Independence Day a state holiday. Juneteenth Independence Day is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It is a celebration of resilience, of culture and American history. It is a reminder of how far our country has come and how far we still have to go. We cannot understate the importance of Juneteenth.
In February, at the beginning of the 2022 legislative session, I stood beside my legislative colleagues and committed to addressing our children's mental and behavioral health needs. I'm pleased to share that we delivered on our commitment. Last week, three transformative pieces of legislation were signed into law so that our children can access the care they need to be their best, authentic selves.