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Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 158 Passing House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We see a growing trend of good coming from Washington, D.C. and from Frankfort when it comes to improving outcomes of kids impacted by the child welfare system. House Bill 158, championed by Representative David Meade, is Kentucky’s first step to ensuring state law is aligned with the comprehensive federal legislation, the Family First Prevention Services Act. Family [...]

By |2019-02-14T12:19:09+00:00February 14th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Governor Bevin and Other Elected Leaders Join Youth and Advocates for Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Governor Bevin and Other Elected Leaders Join Nearly 800 Youth and Advocates for 15th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol Hundreds of Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth, including over 250 children and youth, are convening in Frankfort today for the 15th annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. They are urging elected leaders to support the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a unified agenda for child advocates across the state. “Today, [...]

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 1 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The issue of school safety is compelling, complicated, and complex. And rather than giving in to simplistic solutions, Senate Bill 1 will ensure that every Kentucky student is guaranteed a safe and supportive school environments in which to learn and grow. The critical nature of school safety has elevated discussions around the need for a multi-faceted approach that not [...]

By |2019-02-08T10:48:42+00:00February 8th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks in Response to Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The Governor’s speech this evening will inevitably and instantly create cheers and disagreement when it comes to education and pensions, health care and right to work. That kind of debate is not necessarily a bad thing, as I would suggest it could be labeled “democracy.” The headline arenas that leapt out as the common ground around which every [...]

By |2019-02-07T20:29:57+00:00February 7th, 2019|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 1 Passing Senate Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The issue of school safety is compelling, complicated, and complex. And rather than giving in to simplistic solutions, Senate Bill 1 will ensure that every Kentucky student is guaranteed a safe and supportive school environment in which to learn and grow. The critical nature of school safety has elevated discussions around the need for a multi-faceted approach that not [...]

By |2019-02-07T13:22:31+00:00February 7th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 11 Passing House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky is one step closer to ensuring a new generation of children and teens aren’t at risk of the harms of nicotine with today’s passage of House Bill 11, championed by Representative Kim Moser, Chair of the House Health and Family Services Committee. Though the commonwealth has seen the rate in teens smoking declining, we now need to [...]

By |2019-02-07T13:10:48+00:00February 7th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Congress Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We say it over and over again, “kids win when their leaders prioritize them.” And that couldn’t be truer as Congress reauthorized the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) last week for the first time in over a decade. We applaud Leader Mitch McConnell for prioritizing what works for Kentucky kids and communities by moving this important piece [...]

By |2018-12-17T15:53:37+00:00December 17th, 2018|News Room, Youth Justice|

Kentucky Teens Say E-cig Use Rampant, Adults Unaware

Media Contacts: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Bonnie J. Hackbarth 877-326-2583 bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org LOUISVILLE, KY – A new infographic from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates highlights the surge in e-cigarette usage among teens seen across the commonwealth and the nation. While youth cigarette smoking in Kentucky has steadily declined, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, known as vapes and Juuls, is putting a new generation of teens at risk of nicotine [...]

By |2018-12-10T14:24:28+00:00December 10th, 2018|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Federal Investment in the Child Care Assistance Program

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Kentucky's Division of Child Care's plan to use the estimated $42 million in new federal funding for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) exemplifies common sense solutions for Kentucky kids and families, workforce development, and local economies. CCAP provides a crucial support to working Kentucky families who are struggling to make ends meet. Among the plan announced, [...]

By |2018-12-03T09:24:24+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Economic Security, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Federal Re-Approval of the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – This summer, a federal judge halted implementation of the Bevin Administration's 1115 Medicaid Waiver to modify Kentucky's Medicaid Program, and today, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its re-approval. When it comes to this – or any policy – our question is always the same – "Is it good for kids?" And the [...]

By |2018-11-20T21:11:49+00:00November 20th, 2018|Health, Medicaid, News Room|