Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy will receive the Peter C. Alderman Foundation’s Annual Humanitarian Award for his advocacy for mental health issues.

Kennedy, a Brigantine resident and son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., married a Northfield schoolteacher, Amy Petitgout, in 2011. He represented Rhode Island in Congress for 16 years, from 1995 to 2011, and for two years served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The Alderman Foundation, a Bedford, N.Y.-based nonprofit, operates clinics and other outreach efforts for victims of terrorism and violence in post-conflict countries around the world.

The foundation cited Kennedy’s activity as lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008, among other bills, and co-founder of One Mind for Research, a nonprofit organization that sponsors research into brain-related illness and advocates for those with mental illness and brain injuries.

“His outstanding commitment to bringing awareness to the need for mental health care, both as a congressman and now as a private citizen, is unique and unparalleled,” said Elizabeth Alderman, co-founder of the foundation.

Kennedy will receive the award during the foundation’s 10th anniversary celebration April 9 in New York City.

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