Yesterday, U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) announced their plan to introduce two bills to address the mounting childhood trauma crisis.
Untreated childhood trauma is a factor behind several leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, drug overdose and suicide. Maloney and Pressley’s bills would directly address several of the underlying factors linked to childhood trauma, including poverty, food insecurity and homelessness.
Maloney’s Children’s Protection Act would require each new proposed federal rule to undergo a study examining the rule’s potential impact on children. Meanwhile, Pressley’s STRONG Support for Children Act would create two new grant programs to help Public Health Departments address trauma; it would also ensure that said programs are available to all children and families, regardless of race, income, immigration status or past incarceration.