Jenn adored her little brother George –a skinny little boy with a mop of blond hair and a bright smile. They had a wonderful childhood. But when George was about 11, he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition.
Even though the doctors were uncertain how to treat him, they prescribed powerful medications. What followed was a promising life cut short by the ravages of drug addition. Prescription drugs were followed by illegal drug use followed by even stronger drugs.
Tragically, two months after his last stay in rehab, Jenn found her little brother dead on their mother’s kitchen floor. He died of a drug overdose. In her brother’s name and memory, Jenn wants to take the fight to help others struggling with the scourge of drug addition to City Hall. In George’s name, it’s a fight she is determined to win.
Let’s Treat Addiction with a PLAN, not a Band-Aid.
For Jenn, the crisis of drug addiction is more than an academic, abstract problem – FOR HER IT’S PERSONAL. She knows that we need more than a band-aid to help all of the families who are struggling.
Working with our state partners, Jenn will push to dramatically increase treatment including rehab and mental health services.
BUILD THE LONG ISLAND BRIDGE AND REOPEN THE FACILITY
Closed since 2014, this important facility is being held in limbo because the City of Quincy won’t even discuss reopening with us. This is a state problem not just a city of Boston issue and we need to get state officials to step in and help. Beyond that, Jenn would urge our representatives in Congress to do what they could to withhold federal funds until a solution is reached.
INCREASE FAMILY COUNSELING
Boston needs to use its resources and neighborhood facilities/organizations to increase important family counseling services to those who need them.
AID EXISTING HOSPITALS AND SHELTERS
Our nonprofit hospitals need to bridge the gap until the Long Island facility is open. We need to work with them to ensure that there are more outpatient rehab and mental health patient services available.
WORK WITH FOSTER CARE AGENCIES
Innocent children who are born addicted are often sent in foster care without access to long-term services. What happens after these children detox? We need to work with these children and their families so that they get follow-up services that they need when they need them.
MORE COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Using the existing neighborhood organizations, Boston needs to provide more neighborhood workers and worker training so that services reach those who need it where they live.
PROGRAMS IN OUR SCHOOLS
We need to make sure that we have programs in our schools focusing on (1) prevention and (2) where you go when you need help.