Children's Law Center Policy Attorney Danielle Robinette shared her testimony with the DC Council's Committee of the Whole about the need to reimagine school security and CLC's hope that school safety recommendations issued in the DC Police Reform Commission's report will be implemented.
Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra E. Greer is testifying at today's Health Public Hearing to share our support for the Maternal Health Resources and Access Act of 2021 and the Interagency Council on Behavioral Health Establishment Amendment Act of 2021.
Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra E. recently shared written testimony about DC Health with the DC Council's Committee on Health. CLC is a member of the Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN), the Under 3 DC coalition and the Home Visiting Council, and through our work, we've seen the importance of critical programs like HealthySteps DC and home visiting to the health and well-being of DC's children.
Many of the children and families that we represent each year live in terrible housing conditions and receive no meaningful assistance from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to ensure their right to safe and healthy housing. Children's Law Center Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel recently shared testimony at DCRA's performance oversight hearing, focusing on our ongoing concerns about the agency's ability to carry out its responsibilities to DC tenants.
Nearly all of the kids Children's Law Center represents are Black and Brown, and many routinely interact with the Metropolitan Police Department officers in their schools, at home and in their communities.
Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra E. Greer testified before the DC Council's Committee of the Whole regarding the performance of DC’s various education agencies over this past year. While we commend DC's education agencies for their adaptability in, for example, providing every DC student with a digital device and internet access, it is critical that the Council and District's education leaders develop responsive learning loss plans that will bring all DC kids back up to competency.
Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra E. Greer testified today before the DC Council's Committee on Health regarding the performance of the DC's Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). DHCF is the Medicaid agency for the District and is planning to implement significant changes to DC's Medicaid program. In DC, more than one in three children is covered by Medicaid, and nearly all of our clients are Medicaid beneficiaries.
Children's Law Center has successfully partnered with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) throughout the last year on issue areas including improving housing conditions for low-income tenants in multi-unit buildings with some of the most egregious housing violations. We have benefited from the knowledge, skill and compassion shown to our tenant clients by OAG staff, particularly the Social Justice Section's Environmental Justice Unit, whose focus on lead issues in DC homes is critical since lead exposure in children can cause irreversible harm.
Countless Children's Law Center clients depend on the Department of Human Services (DHS) for basic needs like housing and the administration of public benefits. Every day, we receive referrals to help families who experience housing insecurity and rely on DHS to provide them with services through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, permanent housing vouchers like PSH and TAH, and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
Children's Law Center Senior Policy Attorney Tami Weerasingha-Cote shared our testimony during CFSA's performance oversight hearing. Because CLC represents the best interests of hundreds of children in foster care, as well as representing foster parents and relative caregivers of children who are in or at risk of entering DC's child welfare system, we are able to offer an informed perspective on CFSA's practices and policies.
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