State Representative Tim Geitner joins Kim to discuss HB20-1425, Hospital Patient Visitation Rights During COVID-19. The sole purpose of this bill was to ensure that a hand would be held when a loved one was going through a medical procedure, especially when depression, uncertainty and stress exists. Steve Reiter’s story is the basis of this bill. Unfortunately, the bill became partisan and met resistance in the House Chambers by 17 Democrats who voted “nay.” The final bill is limited to only during the coronaviru and is an “encouragement” for hospitals to look at policies to advocate for family visitation while maintaining protocols.
Guest Jason McBride with Gang Rescue and Support Program (GRASP; graspyouth.org) explains his involvement in the community as he actively works with gang members and shows them a better way of life through intervention programs. COVID-19 has made it difficult to reach young people because of the inability to have a physical meeting. Many students use school as an escape from their homes and the shutdown has had a severe impact on their well-being. The removal of School Resource Officers (SRO) is a scary policy for many parents as they look to SROs to protect their community and build relationships to change perceptions, including the prevalent and major concern that there is a school to prison pipeline. Jason sees the reasoning behind parents choosing charter schools and also states that all schools should be equal in their programming.