Monday, February 28, 2011

New Bill- Eligibility Requirements for Public Assistance

This past week, a new bill was introduced- Senate Bill 121. This bill would require applicants wishing to receive public funding to take a mandatory drug test. Legislators who have had no experience with human services do not know the implications of this bill. Consider the clients you serve and how this would impact them and prevent them from receiving life saving support.

For example, a woman who is a victim of human trafficking who has been forced into taking drugs and is now dependent on the drugs to get her through the day or children whose parents are drug users may not receive food or housing...there are many more examples out there that legislators need to know!

Contact your legislators and the bill sponsors and let them know what this bill would do to your clients!

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