mental health

Testimony to DC Council on Children's Services Coordination for Children Experiencing Homelessness

Testimony to DC Council about Children’s Services Coordination for Children Experiencing Homelessness | Kimberly Perry In light of traumatic incidents at the family shelters shortly prior to this public health crisis, DHS must work with community leaders to develop a Children’s Services Coordination Plan in each family shelter setting (including the hotels). Instead of asking for additional funds, we urge...

Why we need the youth mental health bill

Editor's Note: Rasheeda Bean is interning with DC Action this summer. She intends to testify at the DC Council's youth hearing this Saturday on the importance of behavioral and mental health screenings and treatment for youth. For more information on the hearing, which starts at 10 am at the Wilson Building, please visit http://www.dccouncil.us/youthhearings.Growing up in the Ward 8 community...

A bill worthy of Brishell

I had a very unique opportunity during last week’s D.C. Council hearing on the “South Capitol Street Tragedy Memorial Act of 2011.” I sat next to Ms. Nardyne Jeffries, the mother of one of the young shooting victims whose tragic death inspired the bill. As she told her painful story, she was moved to tears, and so was I. Unfortunately...