3 Important Bills on Fri. 3/17 – Please support!

Sen. Green has scheduled the LEAD bill and 2 other great juvenile justice bills! Yay!!! May the luck of the Irish be with us!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Sen. Josh Green, Chair
Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair
Friday, March 17, 2017
2:50 pm
Room 016

HB 1195 HD1   HOMELESSNESS; APPROPRIATIONS ($)   HMS, JDL/WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_HD1_.pdf
Appropriates funds to DOH and DHS, including the office of youth services, to provide homeless outreach services.  MORIKAWA, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, KOBAYASHI, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, NAKASHIMA, ONISHI, TAKAYAMA, TAKUMI, TOKIOKA, WOODSON

This is an important bill that funds a variety of programs for people living unsheltered in our communities. Among other important appropriations, the committee report shows an earmark of $200,000 to establish a LEAD pilot program in Honolulu.

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Of the 16,000 arrests made on Oahu last year, 61% involved people who were severely mentally ill or abusing drugs, according to the Honolulu Police Department
  • 43% of detainees in HPD’s central cell block last year were homeless. Of those, 72% had a serious mental illness or substance abuse problem
  • A community of service providers, community organizations, agencies, and policymakers have been meeting since June 2016 to build the infrastructure that is vital to make this program work
  • Real thought and planning about how to best serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community form the basis for this program
  • Dept. of Health has been on board and excited about this pilot

 

HB 844 HD1   SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH PILOT PGM; AT-RISK YOUTH; COORDINATOR;  ($)   HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf
Requires the Office of Youth Services to coordinate a two-year Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program in partnership with private organizations to coordinate a network that youth can access for safety and where youth can obtain advice, guidance, programs, and services. Establishes a Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program Coordinator position. Appropriates funds. GATES, BELATTI, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, HAR, HOLT, KEOHOKALOLE, C. LEE, LOPRESTI, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, OHNO, OSHIRO, TODD, WOODSON, Johanson, Quinlan, San Buenaventura

Another great bill for our youth!

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • The Safe Place Network will link together many existing resources for youth and families, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCAs, Family Centers and Neighborhood places
  • It will provide young people with ways to deal with problems before they get into trouble with the law
  • It will provide early intervention that avoids involvement with the juvenile justice, child welfare systems and helps youth and families resolve their issues
  • The 24-hour crisis response will follow the National Safe Place model, in which community partners, such as fire stations and public bus systems are recruited as places where young people can go in an emergency

 

HB 1466 HD1    YOUTH ADVISORY COMMISSION    HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1466_HD1_.pdf
Establishes a youth advisory commission within the office of youth services to advise the governor and legislature on issues relating to youth.  TODD, KEOHOKALOLE, LOPRESTI, MCKELVEY, MORIKAWA/

Another great bill based on best practices!

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • A commission that is comprised entirely of youth to work on issues and policies to improve their lives is crucial
  • The research CAP has done on youth justice shows that having their voices and experiences to inform public policy leads to much better policymaking
  • Engaging our youth in civic matters makes great citizens and future leaders!
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