Friday, March 25, 2011

Student testimony illustrates why school-based prevention & intervention services are needed

In NE Seattle, high school students have little to no access to school-based drug/alcohol prevention intervention services.  Why are these services important?  Check out what a Garfield High School student says during his testimony in favor of HB 2014.  His testimony starts at about 19 minutes into the session.  Testimony from students from another school district starts at about 44 minutes. 

Thanks in part to student's testimony, HB 2014 passed the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee with a 7-4 vote!  The bill moves on to the House Ways & Means Committee, yet to be scheduled.  Northeast Seattle Representative Kenney is a member of this committee.

With a 10% increase in alcohol licensing fees, HB2014 would generate approximately $1.2 million in revenue to go towards preventing youth substance abuse and providing needed school-based intervention services. For more information, the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention has created a HB2014 Fact Sheet.

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