Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Getting to work on refining the South Cap St memorial legislation

CM Catania, author of B19-211, "South Capitol Street Tragedy Memorial Act of 2011", has scheduled public meetings on the legislation that addresses youth behavioral health and truancy.   Each meeting will focus on specific titles within the legislation; all meetings will be held in Room 103 of the JAWB (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).   The schedule is:
  • June 30, 10:00 am:   Title I and IV: Youth Behavioral Health Epidemiology and Truancy Prevention
  • July 7, 10:00 am:   Titles II and III: Early Childhood Behavioral Health Services/School-Based Behavioral Health Services
  • July 15, 10:00 am:   Title V and VI: Family Resources and Behavioral Health Infrastructure

More information about the public meetings is available by calling the Committee on Health, 724-8170.   The legislation and information such as a detailed timeline are online at southcapitolact.com/.

The Committee of the Whole held a public hearing on the legislation.   Witnesses discussed a range of issues and it can be expected that the COW and Committee on Health staff will integrate at least some of the recommendations.   At the hearing, I talked about the need for a robust and accurate social service referral platform; my prepared statement is here.   Deputy Mayor BB Otero testified, both supporting and opposing some of the provisions.   Her testimony is here.

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