Rep. Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award
Rep. Paul Luebke, (D-Durham), passed away October 29, 2016. He participated in most every Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health since elected to serve in the NC General Assembly over 25 years ago. He was a true champion of mental health reform and had a heart to assist vulnerable and under-served populations. His energy, commitment, leadership and sense of humor are sorely missed. In his memory, the Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health Planning Committee members have created the “Rep. Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award.” The award is presented annually to a member of the NC General Assembly recognized for their outstanding leadership and demonstrated commitment to improving outcomes for individuals living with mental illness.
We are pleased to announce that Representative Josh Dobson is the recipient of the 2020 Representative Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award.
Representative Dobson has been a member of the North Carolina General Assembly State Legislature since 2013 representing District 85, comprised of McDowell, Mitchell and Avery counties. Serving as chairman of both the Health Policy Committee and the Appropriations Committee, he has worked “diligently to find consensus while producing conservative, common sense solutions.”
According to those who have worked with him, if you want anything done related to healthcare at the General Assembly, look to Representative Dobson. He has been a key advocate for improving and expanding behavioral health services including revisions to licensure protocols for service providers. He is known for not backing down when things needed to get done and has worked across the aisle to help build consensus among legislative groups.
In appreciation for his tireless advocacy, Representative Josh Dobson is being recognized as a true champion for behavioral health care in North Carolina.