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Youth Advisory Committee Meets

by Yvette Cain
February 27, 2019

Holliston's Youth  Advisory Committee held its February meeting on the windy evening of February 25th at the Park and Rec Center.

Holliston's Youth Advisory Committee held its February meeting on the windy evening of February 25th  at the Park and Rec Center.   

Jaclyn Winer, Youth and Family Services Director, provided an update of the Holliston Drug and Alcohol Awareness Coalition (HDAAC).  A grant has been sought for $25,000 to strengthen the coalition.  This grant would maintain a consultant and technical assistance for the group.  Winer is temporarily coordinating the Coalition, previously chaired by Gina Stucchi, who shared with Winer that a strategic plan is in place for the group. 

Winer discussed programs in town that support work of the department.  The Holliston Police Department has a protective outreach program that follows up on overdoses and overdose deaths.  The Holliston Fire Department and the HPD will present a “take-back” program in April for drugs.  The public will be able to dispose of drugs at the Police Department.  Winer spoke about the strong partnerships between the Y & F Services and the HPD and the HFD.  She said that both chiefs are supportive of the HDAAC.

In May, the department plans a panel presentation at the Holliston High School to remind the public of the MA Social Host Law.  Timing of this presentation will precede the prom and graduation. 

The FY2020 Y & F Services budget was presented to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen in February.  The BOS approved a 1.50% increase with no change in salary, but they were open to discussions with the FinCom about a second budget request for an 11% increase to salary lines for a full time clinician.  The Director said that the work of the HDAAC would suffer without a full time clinician.  Increasing this part time to full time position may enable more clients to be served.

A Director’s Report (newsletter) was distributed and reviewed.  Because information changes from month to month pertaining to programs and demographics, Winer will continue with this monthly publication. 

Ainsley MacLachlen and Brendan Haddad, student representatives from HHS, briefly updated the Department about recent events.  These events included the David Hogg visit and an update on bathroom monitoring. 

The Committee will meet next on March 11.

 

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