Illinois Psychological Association honors Jesiel
The Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) named state Rep. Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) its 2018 Legislator of the Year.
The organization, pointed to work she has done on legislation it supports, such as House Bill 1853, which “creates a multi-state compact that enables psychologists and their patients to continue treatment during short-term out-of-state travel.”
In a press release, organization officials added,“IPA recognized Rep. Jesiel for her support of this legislation, and her public and personal commitment to ensuring those with mental illness receive access to quality and affordable treatment.”
Presented with the award at a recent IPA special awards luncheon and convention in Schaumburg, Jesiel tried to take it all in stride.
“I am honored to receive this award, and to have the ability to advocate for those that need access to mental health services,” she said. “I look forward to continue working with the IPA to provide the best access to necessary mental health treatment for those that need it," she said.
Now more than six decades old, IPA is the state's largest professional association of psychologists; it has more than 1,200 Illinois members. The organization’s motto includes working “to advance psychology as a science, profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.”