The Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) has endorsed and signed on to a letter coursework-writingfrom leaders in the mental health and substance use fields on the Newtown tragedies.

 The letter, sent to President Barack Obama, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, called for improved mental health education, prevention, early intervention and community-based behavioral health care.

 EAPA encourages its members and other behavioral health professionals to view and sign on to the letter as individuals at:

 Signing the online petition will automatically email the president, speaker and president pro tempore, as well as the signer’s representatives (determined through zip code).

 “As EA professionals, we have both personal and professional stakes in seeing that national, community and workplace leaders take needed action to reduce the likelihood of future tragedies. The New Year presents an opportunity to make sure that EAPA and the EA profession is part of the solution for a growing national problem. Let’s make the most of it!”