Advocates for Trevyon Rowe Child and Young Teen Mental Health Community Safety Act

“I know as a parent and also as an advocate that if we looked at Trevon’s IEP there was nothing in there about behavior or wandering. Wandering or flight behavior…there was nothing to it,” says Lawana Jones, chair of the Autism Council of Rochester, “they knew and they got an early warning when he away from school before.

Jones is still pushing for change and thinks this legislation is a good first step, “even after this 145-page report came out of the attorney general’s office, what did we actually do? Does anyone come back to make sure that those recommendations or the things that were pointed out, that those gaps have been addressed? No, nobody does that,” she said.

In addition to requiring districts to work with outside mental health agencies and the police to put in place better plans for students with special needs, the legislation also directs a state commission to investigate whether districts schoolchildren are honest with the data they self-report when it comes to bullying, harassment and other mental health incidents, an issue News10NBC has been investigating for months.

Treyvon Rowe’s mum backs Council push for legislation, ‘when I met her recently it’s just heartbreaking there’s nothing to bring her son back and I just hope that this legislation will at least prevent this from happening to another family in our community,” Jones says.

In the meantime, the Autism Council is continuing its own outreach, “for African American parents in particular, who have children who are on the spectrum, they know what their rights are and they have to be able to push when they have to push and they have to being able to partner with the school when they need to,” says Jones.

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This school district in the city of Rochester says its wandering and flight policies were updated in January.

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