[PAST EVENT] Senator Monty Mason Talk:  Improving the Mix of Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth

September 14, 2021
5pm - 6pm
McGlothlin-Street Hall, Room 20
251 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Senator Monty Mason

Senator T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason, a 1989 W&M graduate, is a member of the Virginia General Assembly and represents the Peninsula’s 1st Senate District (City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County, and Suffolk). He is a member of the General Assembly’s Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, whose mission is “to study the delivery of mental health services, including laws governing the provision of mental health services and the system of emergency, short-term, forensic, and long-term mental health services in the Commonwealth.” He is also a member of the Behavioral Health Commission, which was established “for the purpose of studying and making recommendations for the improvement of behavioral health services and the behavioral health service system in the Commonwealth to encourage the adoption of policies to increase the quality and availability of and ensure access to the full continuum of high-quality, effective, and efficient behavioral health services for all persons in the Commonwealth.” In addition to serving on other studies and commissions, Senator Mason has legislative appointments on the following committees: Rehabilitation and Social Services; Commerce and Labor; Privileges and Elections; Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources; and General Laws and Technology.

Senator Mason will speak to the William & Mary community about his work in the Virginia General Assembly and the work of the committees on which he serves, with a focus on mental health policy in Virginia. For more information on Senator Mason, please click here. To view his editorial, “Now is the Time to Prioritize Mental Health Services in Virginia”, in the Virginian-Pilot, please click here.

To register for Senator Mason's talk, please click here.


Senator Mason’s talk is the first of four talks on “State Policy on Mental Health and Substance Abuse” sponsored by the Schroeder Center for Health Policy during the Fall 2021 semester. The remaining three talks, which are open to the William & Mary community, are:

  • September 28 (5-6 pm): Addressing Mental Health in Virginia: An Overview of the State's Policy Role by Jeff Lunardi, MBA, Executive Director of the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care (for more information and to register click here)

  • DATE TBD: Cannabis Policy in New York by R. Lorraine Collins, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research from the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University of Buffalo (to register click here)

  • DATE TBD: State Policies and Substance Abuse/Treatment by Ryan Mutter, Ph.D., Analyst in the Health Analysis Division of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (to register click here)


Kelly Metcalf-Meese ([[klmetcalfmeese]]) at the Schroeder Center for Health Policy