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News Room2017-09-27T15:44:23-04:00

Statement on Passage of HB 7 by the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – In these final days of the 2022 legislative session, we are disappointed to see advancement of legislation that has more opportunities for harm than good for the Commonwealth’s children and families, including today’s passage of House Bill 7 by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Safety net programs play a critical role in making sure families struggling to make ends meet can have food to eat, cover basic family needs, and access critical supports and services needed to be healthy. To that end, [...]

March 28th, 2022|

Statement on Passage of HB 318 by the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The wrong-headed proposal by Representative Kevin Bratcher and advanced by the Kentucky House unfortunately received passage by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee today. The rhetoric around House Bill 318 is that it will address “rising rates of violent juvenile offenders.” Yet, that rationale is based on politics and not reality. It not only sends hollow, fearmongering echoes to constituents, but also jeopardizes the progress made in juvenile justice reforms over the last decade. As HB 318 heads to the Senate floor, we urge Senate [...]

March 28th, 2022|

Statement on Final Passage of SB 102 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – We’re celebrating today as the Kentucky House has passed Senate Bill 102, sponsored by Senator Max Wise, to help ensure there is an adequate number of school-based mental health providers to serve students in need of supports. Even before the isolation and other challenges brought forth by the pandemic, children across the Commonwealth struggled with their mental health – a fact that generated the important efforts to improve student safety and well-being and ensure schools approached students with a trauma-informed lens. This is especially [...]

March 25th, 2022|Tags: , |

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 151 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, Senate Bill 151 unanimously received its final passage by the Kentucky House and now advances to the Governor’s desk for signature. This measure, sponsored by Senator Jason Howell, clarifies the current law to give school districts the option to serve students on free and reduced meals their breakfast during the first 15 minutes of the day. We thank House members for supporting student health and recognizing the connection between eating breakfast and academic achievement, especially during National Nutrition Month. Students who start [...]

March 24th, 2022|Tags: |

Statement on Passage of HB 83 by House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation. And, for the Commonwealth’s nearly 17,000 child victims of abuse or neglect, over 50 percent had family violence as a risk factor. Domestic violence can take many forms, including controlling behaviors, isolation, threats of suicide or murder, threats to take the children, and serious injuries – and can have immediate and long-term impacts on child well-being. These are the realities too many families face every day. Today, we are celebrating [...]

March 24th, 2022|Tags: |

Statement on Final Passage of Senate Bill 8 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky General Assembly has once again demonstrated their deep commitment to supporting our most vulnerable children who have experienced abuse or neglect with today’s unanimous final passage of Senate Bill 8. This legislation is a necessary next step in Kentucky’s efforts to fundamentally strengthen and reform the child welfare system to best serve children. With the leadership of Senator Julie Raque Adams, SB 8 will reach the Governor’s desk as the Commonwealth prepares to honor April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. SB [...]

March 23rd, 2022|Tags: |

Statement on Passage of SB 97 by the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – As the Commonwealth continues to reform the child welfare system, a critical component that must be considered is following the death of a child. Today, the House Judiciary Committee honored that notion with passage of Senate Bill 97. The measure, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, will strengthen efforts following a child fatality or near fatality, including requiring coroners to immediately notify law enforcement, the Department for Community Based Services, and local health department upon the death of a child. SB 97 also strengthens [...]

March 23rd, 2022|Tags: |

Statement on Passage of HB 174 by the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Postpartum is a vulnerable time for new mothers and their baby, and this is especially true for women on Medicaid, many of whom are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage just 60 days after the end of pregnancy. Kentucky is one step closer to extending that coverage with today’s passage of House Bill 174 by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. This is notably important knowing that parents’ health and access to health insurance coverage affects the health and well-being of [...]

March 23rd, 2022|Tags: , |

Statement on Senate Bill 40 & the Impact on Custody of Children in Out-of-Home Care

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the Kentucky Senate shrewdly passed over consideration of Senate Bill 40. The measure – dubbed as the "Parents' Rights Protection Act" – is in reality a misguided measure that will jeopardize the safety and well-being of thousands of children living with caregivers who immediately step up to care for their vulnerable young kin and keep them out of the state's custody. While the definition of "parent" is established in SB 40 as, "the biological or adoptive mother or father of a child," for the tens of [...]

March 22nd, 2022|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 499 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, we’re celebrating passage of House Bill 499 by the Kentucky House to establish the framework for the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership. This measure offers Kentucky the critical opportunity to strengthen families’ access to high-quality child care so they can participate in the workforce. We thank Representative Samara Heavrin and the many co-sponsors of HB 499 for their commitment to strengthening Kentucky’s child care system and the House for ensuring its passage today. As state budget deliberations continue, we call on the state budget Conference [...]

March 18th, 2022|Tags: |
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