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  • CEI Blog: An Alternative to Jail for Arkansans with Mental Health Illnesses
    Posted in CEI Blog on September 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Dear Friends, Far too many in our society, about 1 in 5, suffer from mental illness. Tragically, only about 50% of those suffering from mental illness receive the treatment they need in a given year. Further, 37% of incarcerated adults and 70% of incarcerated youth suffer from mental illness. These numbers are staggering. In Congress we have taken steps to address this with the passage of 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December 2016. We've already seen the nationwide benefits of thi... Read more

  • CEI Blog: Summer Should Mean Fun, Not Hunger
    Posted in CEI Blog on June 24, 2019 | Preview rr

    District Update | June 24, 2019 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email Dear Friends, As a father of two, I’ve seen how important it is for children to have enough nutritious food to eat in order to lead healthy, active lives. Unfortunately, Arkansas currently ranks #3 in the nation in childhood hunger. One in four Arkansas children are food insecure, meaning they are not sure when or where their next meal will come from. This is unacceptable, and should be a challenge all Arkansans m... Read more

  • CEI Blog: The Importance of Early Education
    Posted in CEI Blog on April 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Opportunity, Jobs and Economic Growth

    As a father of two college students, I’ve seen firsthand that young people are the future of our country. Every day we have the opportunity to make an investment in their growth, and I’ve been proud to team up with many of our local partners in Arkansas who have contributed to the academic success of the students in our community. One aspect that is especially important is the role of early learning and how it impacts a child’s development. Rep. Hill visiting with young children from Kiddievill... Read more

  • CEI Blog: The Good Grid
    Posted in CEI Blog on December 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    District Update | December 30, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email Dear Friends, Each year during the holidays, we reflect with gratitude on this year’s blessings and with anticipation we look forward to the upcoming year. But in this season of hope and thanksgiving, too many are denied that promise as they wrestle with challenges that strip them of opportunity and compound despair. If you’ve joined me here in the past, you know that I’ve highlighted organizations that help A... Read more

  • CEI Blog: Overcoming Barriers to Success
    Posted in CEI Blog on August 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    I believe that all Arkansans should be afforded the chance to pursue happiness and prosper regardless of their environment or background. When Arkansans are given the opportunity to take advantage of the good-paying job opportunities that are increasingly available, they can provide for themselves, their families, and help build our communities. As you know, I use my Community Empowerment Initiative (CEI) and my CEI Blog to promote aspiration and engage solutions that make our communities strong... Read more

  • College Isn’t the Only Option
    Posted in CEI Blog on June 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    Every year, thousands of young Arkansans graduate high school anticipating their future. For some that’s a four-year college or university, but it is not the only route to a successful life and the pursuit of happiness. Arkansas is currently facing a shortage of workers in our skilled labor market, which makes up a majority of the state’s overall workforce, and there are limitless opportunities in skilled workforce, such as skilled-labor training, apprenticeships, or specialized two-year degree ... Read more

  • Equipping our Youth for the Future
    Posted in CEI Blog on May 31, 2018 | Preview rr

    Afterschool programs are critical to ensuring the success of our youth. Young people are deserving of the attention, time, and resources they need to be successful. Without the support and commitment of their communities, their futures are in jeopardy. That’s why I’m thankful for the work of organizations like Afterschool Alliance that has a branch located here in Arkansas, whose goal is to increase investment in quality afterschool program initiatives at the national and local levels. Founded i... Read more

  • Helping Families Succeed
    Posted in CEI Blog on April 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    Research shows that the months shortly after birth are the most crucial in determining lifelong outcomes of a child and that those children without adequate resources are more likely to make poor decisions and continue in the cycle of poverty. Because of a deficit in resources and support, many low-income children struggle more than others in their age group, and this is a cycle that we in Arkansas are trying to break. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2016, A... Read more

  • Keeping our Communities Safe
    Posted in CEI Blog on March 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    We’ve done a lot to stress the importance of building and investing in positive community models. The work that organizations do to contribute to improving the quality of life in the central Arkansas region is important and doesn’t go unnoticed. One of the main objectives in building a positive community is improving and investing in safety. Recently in central Arkansas, violent crime has risen to troubling levels. It’s up to community leadership, along with government, law enforcement, and comm... Read more

  • Pouring into Our At-Risk Youth
    Posted in CEI Blog on February 15, 2018 | Preview rr

    As Americans, it’s our responsibility to make sure that the country we pass down to future generations is significantly better than the one we inherited from our parents. Young people are the future of our nation, and every day we have the incredible opportunity to invest in them. In the past, I’ve thanked our many community partners in the state of Arkansas for contributing to the future success of our community’s youth, but today I’d like to focus on an issue that not only affects young people... Read more

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