Dennis Espejo

2005 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2005
Dennis Espejo Graduate Degree: Boston University School of Public Health
Undergraduate Degree: University of California Los Angeles
Area of interest: Mental health, Medicaid, violence prevention
Agency: Office of Representative Kay Khan
Supervisor: Representative Kay Khan, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Project Description: Dennis Espejo worked in the office of State Representative Kay Khan with a focus on mental health policy. Representative Khan was entering her eleventh year in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and represents the Eleventh Middlesex District which includes Newton.  His main project focused on her proposed legislation regarding the mental health needs of minors in the juvenile justice system. Responsibilities included researching policies that have been implemented or were being developed in other states, researching policies or services offered to this population in Massachusetts, assembling background information, developing fact sheets and testimonials, creating press briefings, and meeting with the new Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services. Dennis also researched and created supportive material for health status and services offered to women in prison. Finally, Dennis assisted State Representative Kay Khan to revamp the Mental Health Caucus that she has facilitated in the past.