DSPO Director Dr. Liz Clark Honored by Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates

On March 8, 2023, Dr. Liz Clark was honored by both the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates for her outstanding contributions to prevent suicide within the Military Community.  The Resolutions were introduced by Maryland House Delegate Edith Patterson.  Delegate Patterson represents Charles County, MD and is the Chair of the Southern Maryland Delegation. Charles County is home to many Service members and Veterans because it is home to Naval Air Station Patuxent River as well as Naval Support Facility Indian Head. As a result, Delegate Patterson is strong advocate for the Military and Veteran community.

In addition to passing legislation to support the military and veterans, Delegate Patterson conducts an annual event to highlight women veteran’s issues. This year was her 7th Annual Women’s Legislative Caucus Veterans Day Program. It was during this event that Dr. Clark was honored. This year’s program focused on bringing together women veterans and legislators to bring attention to mental health issues including suicide prevention. During this event, Delegate Patterson introduced a House Resolution honoring Dr. Clark for her leadership within the Department for efforts to reduce suicide risk among Service members and their families.  The Resolution, also adopted within the Maryland Senate, read as follows: “In recognition for your leadership to advance mental health issues and prevention of suicide among Service members and their families.”