Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Introduce New Legislation to Address Childhood Trauma

March 22, 2017


New Legislation, introduced Monday, March 19, 2017 by Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis, could provide training for people who work closely with children to identify and address trauma. (Chicago Sun-Times)"

With the support of medical professionals and other experts, Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis introduced the Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families Act during a press conference on March 19, 2017. This bill could provide training for teachers, first responders, and other adults who work closely with children living in violent neighborhoods to help them identify and treat psychological stress and trauma. It would also allow more than two dozen federal grants to fund the programs.

Noah Bakr, an 18-year-old young man from Garfield Park, spoke about how various YMCA of Metro Chicago programs, such as Urban Warriors and Story Squad, gave him an outlet to cope with traumatic experiences, including the death of his brother. 

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Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Defender.