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Washington • Months after celebrity Paris Hilton and a group of activists helped change Utah law to bring more oversight to the “troubled teens” industry, they are trying to replicate that success.

This time at the federal level.

Hilton and the nonprofit Breaking Code Silence, an advocacy group led by former treatment center residents, on Wednesday announced legislation that would introduce national regulations to residential youth treatment centers in the exterior of the United States Capitol.

“It’s clear that the state-to-state patchwork of limited and weak oversight and inconsistent licensing requirements is not working,” said Hilton. “Federal law and funding are desperately needed to bring real reform and real accountability to bring care together in America. “

Hilton has become the public face of this movement after saying she was abused as a resident of Utah’s Provo Canyon School in the 1990s.

Federal legislation, which is sponsored by Democratic Representative Ro Khanna of California and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, would create a bill of rights to protect children who are in collective care facilities. These rights would include the right not to be subjected to abuse and neglect, to be free from physical and chemical restraint and the right not to be subjected to abusive or traumatic treatment by staff or others. youth.

It would also focus on data collection and make federal funding available to states to address systemic issues.

Khanna said the legislation was “not a courier bill”.

“This is a bill that we must pass,” he said. “We need to pass it through the House and Senate in a bipartisan fashion to have basic rights for American children who are sent to these facilities to be treated with dignity and respect.”

When asked if the proposed legislation had Republican support, Khanna said: “We are working on it”.

Utah members did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Former residents of residential adolescent treatment centers have started to speak more frequently about the abuse they say they experienced while in facilities in Utah and other states. Coordinated activism was widely sparked in 2020, after Hilton released a documentary in which she said she was abused while at Provo Canyon School two decades ago.

Hilton told Utah lawmakers in February that while at the Utah facility, she also saw other children being hit, immobilized by staff, thrown against walls and abused. sexually. There was no way, she said, that they could call for help.

While federal legislation would affect youth treatment centers across the country, its impact would be particularly significant in Utah, which plays a disproportionate role in the struggling teen industry.

Caroline Cole, of Breaking Code Silence, said on Wednesday that she felt “victorious” standing at the nation’s Capitol in favor of change.

“We actually thought Utah would be our last battleground, quite frankly,” she said. Fortunately, the lawmakers in Utah really got hold of this problem right away, and they reached out to us and were looking for solutions. The fact that we can make changes in Utah really gives us a lot of hope for this national movement. “

The state has nearly 100 residential youth treatment centers and over the past five years more than 12,000 children have stayed there. Most of these children come from other states. Some are sent by their parents, while others are ordered for treatment by a judge after breaking the law or are children placed here because no place in their home country will welcome them.

Hilton and Breaking Code Silence have started their advocacy work in Utah, pushing for a reform that was enacted last April.

Now in Utah, treatment centers are required to document any instance in which staff have used physical restraint and isolation and submit reports to the Utah Licensing Office, which is the primary regulatory body. Of the industry. The law also prohibits programs from sedating residents or using mechanical restraints, such as a straightjacket, without prior approval from the office.

Utah Senator Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, sponsored these reforms last year. On Wednesday, he said he was concerned about the way children are brought to Utah facilities via transportation facilities, which are often hired by parents to get young people out of their beds in the middle of the night. and take them across state borders to an establishment. He is still studying the matter and is unsure whether he will have new legislation for Utah’s 2022 session, which begins in January.

“I am really optimistic with the federal legislation,” he said. “If we do this right, it could resolve the majority of my concerns. “

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Local Utah Headlines – Tuesday Morning October 19, 2021 https://uppersevier.net/local-utah-headlines-tuesday-morning-october-19-2021/ https://uppersevier.net/local-utah-headlines-tuesday-morning-october-19-2021/#respond Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:29:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/local-utah-headlines-tuesday-morning-october-19-2021/

Tuesday morning October 19, 2021


Allow Indigenous badges on graduation ceremonies

Utah schools may soon be required to allow Native American students to wear tribal badges when graduating from high school under a state bill. Depending on the law, tribal badges can include traditional clothing and items of cultural significance such as symbols, beads, and feathers. The sponsor of the bill, Representative Angela Romero, of D-Salt Lake City, said a tribe in Utah told her that one of its members had been told they could not have pearls and tribal feathers on their graduation hats. Chuck Foster, an American Indian education specialist at the Utah Board of Education, called the bill “a very important move in terms of preserving culture.” Read the full story. – Sonja hutson

Northern Utah

Salt Lake mayor makes recommendations for spending COVID relief money

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall knows how she wants the city to spend $ 85 million in federal COVID relief money from the US bailout. Mendenhall’s biggest proposal concerns the operations of the city. She recommends $ 55 million for municipal salaries and to make up for the city’s lost revenue due to the pandemic. The mayor said an additional $ 10 million should be spent on what she calls “social impact investing,” such as early childhood education and adult workforce training. Other recommendations include a Westside Community Land Initiative, a City Public Lands Park Ranger program, and a clean neighborhood team. The city council will begin to consider its proposals on Tuesday during its weekly working session. – Elaine clark

Environmentalists secure water rights for Grand Lac Salé

In an effort to help save the shrinking Great Salt Lake, environmentalists are trying out a new idea: secure water rights for a terminal system. Fox13 Reports Great Salt Lake is now nearly a foot below its last recorded level in 1963, alarming environmentalists and policymakers in Utah. In an effort to help the Great Salt Lake recover, a coalition of environmental groups partnered with Rio Tinto Kennecott and the Central Utah Water Conservancy District to secure water use rights for the lake itself. same. The donation, of approximately 21,000 acre feet of water, took years to obtain. – Associated Press

Region / Nation

Humpback chub on the endangered species list

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has reclassified a rare fish in the Colorado River Basin from Endangered to Threat after decades of efforts to stabilize its populations. Humpback chub is one of a dozen fish native to the Colorado river system and four that are currently endangered. Federal officials said the numbers have stabilized, but fish need continued protection in the Grand Canyon and parts of Utah and Colorado. It once had a wider range in the Colorado River Basin, but the construction of dams and the introduction of non-native predatory species resulted in the extinction of local populations. – Associated Press

Rural health care under pressure from pandemic workforce demands

COVID-19 has exacerbated health care provider shortages in rural Mountain West. During the early days of the pandemic, Nevada relied on mobile nurses to fill some of the gaps in hospitals and intensive care units. But shortages in Idaho, Utah and Arizona have led to increased demand for additional staff. Polls also suggest that many doctors could retire early due to COVID-19. But experts say COVID has also led to positive changes – like the widespread adoption of telemedicine, which can improve access to health care for rural residents. – Bert Johnson, Mountain West Information Office

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Utah only: Carnival of Creeps https://uppersevier.net/utah-only-carnival-of-creeps/ https://uppersevier.net/utah-only-carnival-of-creeps/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 04:37:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-only-carnival-of-creeps/

SALT LAKE CITY – A 23-foot tall Ferris wheel is mounted in the front yard of a Salt Lake City home. Its only riders are plastic skeletons.

It is one of the many elements of what Ammon Smith calls the “Carnival of the Creepers”.

Smith and his family create original and elaborate Halloween exhibits each year.

“It’s entertainment for us. When people watch Netflix documentaries, we have Halloween because that’s what we prefer to do, ”Smith said.

Although the “Carnival of Creeps” may seem scary at first glance, it is surprisingly suitable for children.

There are places for visitors or trick-or-treaters to pose for photos among props, and even a carnival-style game called the “skull toss”.

“You can win one of the various scary dolls that we have here,” Smith said.

Smith says when his family moved into their current home several years ago, they had very little tricks or treats, and the elaborate displays he’s built since are meant to inspire kids’ Halloween memories.

“I think there’s magic in running around in the dark with your Halloween costume on and trying to fill your entire pillowcase with candy,” he said. “I feel like because we’re doing this the neighborhood is full of candy on Halloween and that makes me really happy.”

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N. Arizona 59, S. Utah 35 https://uppersevier.net/n-arizona-59-s-utah-35/ https://uppersevier.net/n-arizona-59-s-utah-35/#respond Sun, 17 Oct 2021 04:24:43 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/n-arizona-59-s-utah-35/

NAU_Martinez 1 run (Aguilar kick), 09:24

NAU_Owen 4 assists from Martinez (Aguilar kick), 06:00

NAU_FG Aguilar 21, 00:08

Second quarter

NAU_Hall 10 pass from Martinez (kick from Aguilar), 12:27

SUU_Miller 4 run (Alejado kick), 05:36

NAU_Johnson 73 pass from Martinez (Aguilar kick), 04:55

SUU_Schenks 8 passes from Miller (Alejado kick), 03:05

Third quarter

NAU_Owen 22 assists from Martinez (kick from Aguilar), 12:48

SUU_Williams 3 run (Alejado kick), 11:01

SUU_Duckett 1 run (Alejado kick), 05:58

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Fourth trimester

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