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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Attends Behavioral Health Services Community Fair in Gardena
By Sentinel News Service
Published October 4, 2018

Congresswoman Maxine Waters and BHS Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Summers, at the 2018 Behavioral Health Services Community Fair on Saturday, September 29. (Photo courtesy of Behavioral Health Services)

Annual Fair for Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Los Angeles & Torrance Residents 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) joined Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (BHS) at the 7th Annual Art & Community Fair on Saturday, September 29 in Gardena. The event brought together hundreds of families from the 43rd Congressional District cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Los Angeles, and Torrance for a day of health screenings, performances, and family-friendly activities.

BHS is a non-profit community-based health care organization that provides substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, drug-free transitional living, senior services, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and other related health services in Southern California. Congresswoman Waters has been a strong supporter of BHS for over 20 years, and has advocated for, and secured, robust funding for federal grant programs through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that directly benefit BHS programs and services.


“I am a longtime supporter of BHS, and I am proud to have worked closely with them for many years to educate, inform, and assist members of our community – particularly those who lack access to the quality and affordable health care they need and deserve,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “BHS is saving lives and doing excellent work, and I am pleased to be their champion in the U.S. Congress.”

BHS was founded in 1973 with the mission of transforming lives by offering hope and opportunities for recovery, wellness, and independence. Since its founding, BHS has expanded to 21 sites, which include two chemical dependency recovery centers, three residential treatment facilities, twelve outpatient facilities, and four transitional living facilities.

During BHS’ 2018 Arts & Community Fair, attendees received free health screenings, learned about health care services throughout Los Angeles County, and enjoyed family-friendly activities and live performances by local groups. Additionally, students in attendance received backpacks, school supplies, and prom dresses for the 2018 school year.

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