NYRA headed to Capitol Hill on October 13th and awarded Representative George Miller (D-CA) the Youth Rights Progress Award for his passage of H.R. 911 and his continued effort defending youth rights. H.R. 911 or the “Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009” essentially requires residential programs/centers to disclose information related to standards and enforcement provisions in order to ensure safety of such a program. NYRA originally announced the recipient of this award during the National Youth Rights Association annual meeting. The campaign to pass this bill isn’t over, Rep. Miller deserves a great deal of credit and praise for getting the bill passed through the House of Representatives, but now it is up to NYRA to get the bill through the Senate. We will be meeting with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and discussing the H.R.911 bill and its continuation through the Senate.

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