Lt. Governor Sally Pederson recognized Jeni Grotjohn of Faith, Hope & Charity in Storm Lake, at a special ceremony for individuals involved in mental health and disability issues recently at the Iowa State Capitol. Honorees received a certificate of appreciation signed by the Governor and Lt. Governor.
"These individuals are the heart and soul of Iowa and heroes to our most vulnerable citizens," said Pederson. "It has been an honor to work with them for the past eight years and the Governor and I are proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish with them. With a lasting impact on the next generation, we have changed the landscape of mental health and disability issues."
Over 150 men and women involved in mental health and disability issues were recognized at the ceremony in Des Moines.
Lt. Governor Pederson has been an advocate for mental health and disability issues. She has spearheaded numerous efforts including aiding in passage of the state's first step toward full mental health parity ensuring fairness in Iowa's health care system, affordable housing for people with disabilities, and improvements in children's mental health.
For Grotjohn, the experience was an opportunity to seek further public awareness of special needs citizens.
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