Combating youth violence with a public health perspective is the focus of a new law.
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls) and Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville), it requires the health commissioner to collaborate with other departments to identify five community-based violence prevention programs that work to create connections between at-risk youth and trusted adults, intervene at the first signs a youth is at risk and rehabilitate youth who have been involved in violence.
Under the law, one program must serve youth in Minneapolis, one in St. Paul and three others in Greater Minnesota communities.
The programs will work with schools to keep students engaged and help prepare them for higher education and job training, teach self-respect and respect of others, provide mentorship and job placement, and parent and family intervention while teaching parenting skills.
The programs are effective upon the availability of funding to support the activities. The health commissioner is to assist in obtaining private, state or federal funding.
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