Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Public roundtable on mental health and youth violence, July 8

On July 8 at 10:00 am, the Committee on Health (At-large CM David Catania, chair) and Committee on Human Services (Ward 6 CM Tommy Wells, chair) are holding a public oversight roundtable on "Youth Mental Health Programs and Strategies."   The purpose of this roundtable is to hear a preliminary report from Nixon Peabody about its findings related to preventing youth violence (more here).   The roundtable will be open to the public but only invited witnesses will be permitted to provide oral statements.   As of late in the day on July 7, the preliminary agenda included five witnesses from Nixon Peabody LLP:   Senayt Rahwa, Rebecca Friedman, Brian Donnelly, Courtney Lindsay, and Pierce Han.

Committee staff report that the July 8 roundtable is but the first public step in the effort to address the associated problems of mental health and youth violence.   Committee staff will use the summer recess to conduct meetings, interviews, and research to better understand the problems so that an appropriate solution can be developed for the District.

More information, including how to submit a written statement, is in the hearing notice.

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