Advocacy News: NASP Participates in
On December 10, 2009, Dr.
Melissa Reeves, Chair of the PREPaRE committee
presented oral and written testimony on behalf of NASP at a hearing of the Ad
Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs. This subcommittee is chaired by Senator
Mary Landrieu of
and it was by her invitation that NASP was included in the event. Senator
Landrieu is currently drafting legislation that would consider the specific
needs of children following a major crisis or natural disaster. NASP staff and
leaders are working with her office to ensure that the important role that
schools play in disaster recovery is explicitly recognized in this legislation.
Materials submitted by NASP into the official hearing
Statements by Hearing Panel Participants &
witnesses also participating on the hearing panel included Paul Pastorek, Superintendent of the Louisiana Department of
Education; Matt Salo, Legislative Director for Health
and Human Services of the National Governor’s Association; and Dr. Douglas
Walker, Project Director, of Fleur de-lis Project in
New Orleans, LA. Each of the presenters highlighted the importance of directly
supporting children in disaster recovery efforts. Dr. Walker presented powerful
testimony about the role of schools and communities collaborating for children
and families following a disaster and the importance of utilizing evidenced
based interventions in the treatment of children following a crisis. You can
review the hearing testimony of Senator Landrieu and the other participants here.
Pictures of the Event
- Photo 1: Dr. Melissa Reeves delivers testimony during
a U.S. Senate hearing on children and disaster recovery.
- Photo 2: Dr. Melissa Reeves and Senator Mary
- Photo 3: The NASP team attending the hearing
(Left to Right: Kathy Cowan, Director of Communications & Marketing; Stacy
Skalski, Director of Public Policy; Melissa Reeves, Chair of PREPaRE Committee; Senator Landrieu; Susan Gorin, Executive
Director; Ted Feinberg, NEAT and PREPaRE Committee Member; and Deitra Reiser, Public Policy Fellow)