12-R355

2012 -- S 3065

Enacted 06/12/12

 

 

S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N

URGING THE DEPARTMENTS OF RHODE ISLAND'S EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO STRENGTHEN YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION EFFORTS IN RHODE ISLAND

     

     

     Introduced By: Senators Pichardo, Picard, Metts, Hodgson, and Crowley

     Date Introduced: June 12, 2012

 

 

     WHEREAS, Nationally, youth violence is the second leading cause of death among

young people between the ages of ten and twenty-four years; and

     WHEREAS, Violence affects the health of entire communities. It can increase health care

costs, decrease property values, and disrupt social services; and

     WHEREAS, The risk factors surrounding youth violence are complex and can include

mental health issues, early involvement with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, and low levels of social

cohesion within a community; and

     WHEREAS, In 2011, 255 Rhode Island juveniles were referred to family court as a result

of violent crimes committed; and

     WHEREAS, It is estimated that only five percent of eligible high-risk juvenile offenders

are effectively treated with an evidence-based intervention annually; and

     WHEREAS, Youth of color are overrepresented within the juvenile justice system and it

is essential to promote fair and unbiased juvenile justice systems; and

     WHEREAS, Partner agencies, schools, law enforcement, families, and communities must

work collaboratively in order to strengthen our young peopleís physical, social-emotional,

cultural, and economic environments in ways that promote their optimal well-being and that

prevent violence; and

     WHEREAS, Valuable on-the-job training, work experience, and career exploration

programs for vulnerable at-risk youths are essential to bolster self-efficacy, independence, and

skills training for the future; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

hereby supports the use of effective evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies to

strengthen programs serving at-risk youth; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby strongly urges Congress to fully fund the

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for youth employment skills training and opportunities; and be

it further

     RESOLVED, That this Senate strongly encourages the departments of Rhode Islandís

Executive Office of Health and Human Services to engage in contracts that utilize evidence-

based, clinical practices that target risk factors which are individualized and culturally competent;

and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Senate respectfully requests the departments of the Executive

Office of Health and Human Services to report on an annual basis to the Senate Committee on

Health and Human Services, specific outcome data to evaluate performance measures to support

future contracts; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation, the

Governor, The Honorable Lincoln Chafee, and the Secretary of Rhode Islandís Executive Office

of Health and Human Services.

     

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