Mental Health award set for Boise Rep. Sue Chew

Four-term Rep. Sue Chew, D-Boise, will receive the 2014 legislative award from the State Planning Council on Mental Health Wednesday afternoon at the Statehouse.

Chew, a pharmacist, will be feted at 4 p.m. in Room WW 53 on the lower level of the Capitol for her advocacy of mental health care and suicide prevention programs. The public is invited.

A news release from House Democrats follows:

Press Release — Rep. Sue Chew Earns “2014 Legislative Award”

For immediate release – Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BOISE- We congratulate Rep. Sue Chew for being honored with the 2014 Legislative Award from the State Planning Council on Mental Health.

Rep. Chew will receive the award at a ceremony at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the Capitol. Rep. Chew has been an advocate for more robust mental health care in Idaho and has worked to improve suicide prevention programs.

What: Rep. Sue Chew Awarded “2014 Legislative Award” When: 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15

Where: Room WW53 in the Capitol Press and public are encouraged to attend.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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