Funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program cut for 2013, leaving at-risk children without the support they need.
In the wake of horrible tragedies like the Sandy Hook massacre, Kennedy says we need more access to mental health services for troubled young people, not less.
Kennedy: CASA gives kids – who have no voice – a voice. You can’t put a price tag on changing the lives of young people in our community
Critical funds for programming to help at-risk youth will be made a priority in Senate budget resolution.
Kennedy says Senate’s proposal includes funding for Operation SNUG, which combats gang violence, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, which assists youth in the Family Court System.
Kennedy: Now we must ensure resources for at-risk youth remain in the final negotiated budget.
Kennedy confirms budget includes funding for Operation SNUG, Court Appointed Special Advocates program.
Kennedy: This minimal state investment will have a tremendous community impact helping at-risk youth avoid destructive decisions.
Kennedy secures $800,000 in state budget to preserve the Erie County Mental Health Association’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, says more funding is needed next year.
CASA program able to serve 200 of the 1000 at-risk children in need of help in Erie County; MHA, with Kennedy’s support, is pushing to expand the program.
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