House Proposal Would Eliminate Key JJDPA Funding; News Roundup

Every week Reclaiming Futures rounds up the latest news on juvenile justice reform, adolescent substance abuse treatment, and teen mental health. 

House Proposal Would Eliminate Key JJDPA Funding (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
This past week the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Sciences & Related Agencies, released their FY'16 Appropriations proposal, causing alarm in the juvenile justice community. Juvenile justice funding that goes to states, under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, would be eliminated under the new proposal. For more information you can  check out this JJIE story by Gary Gately,  and also follow National Juvenile Justice Network for updates.

Landmark lawsuit filed in California to make trauma-informed practices mandatory for all public schools (ACEs Too High)
A landmark class action lawsuit was filed this past week in California. It may lead to nationwide action in schools toward addressing the unique learning needs of students affected by childhood trauma.

Preschool to High School: Criminalization of Black Students (The Epoch Times)
This past month, President Obama, as well as the New America Foundation in collaboration with Howard University spoke at length on the criminalization of black youth in America, and how the school-to-prison-pipeline is a reality for students of color.

New Challenge for Police: Finding Pot in Lollipops and Marshmallows (The New York Times)
Marijuana-infused snacks and confections (pot edibles)  - transported illegally across state lines for resale - present a new challenge for law enforcement across the country. Some experts worry about the appeal of these to adolescents and children due to the deceptively slow high, and the tendency to eat too much too quickly, which can lead to anxiety attacks and symptoms resembling psychosis.

Mental Health Awareness Month: When Teens have a Substance Abuse AND Mental Health Disorder (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids wants to remind those who work with children and teens of the connection between mental illness and substance abuse. It is recommended that, if substance abuse and mental illness cannot be treated simultaneously, the treatments should then be integrated and coordinated.

The Top 10 Things to do for National Prevention Week (The Delaware County Daily Times)
What have you done so far for SAMHSA's National Prevention Week?  The Delaware County Daily Times lists off their top recommendations.

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Updated: February 08 2018