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Posted by: Kate Prince on Apr 6, 2021

Madison County Juvenile Court Judge Christy Little and other local children’s advocates last week met with U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-TN, to discuss the needs of children dealing with mental illness and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the Jackson Sun reports. Little was joined by executives from the Madison County CASA and West Tennessee Healthcare and Juvenile Court Services Director Amy Jones. The group, hoping to obtain Hagerty’s support for federal funding, spoke with the senator about the financial issues that are preventing children in Madison County and rural West Tennessee from getting the things they need. Little added that children dealing with ACEs and other mental illness need more consistent and permanent help from an early age. “And if we could somehow get funding for that type of help on the front end, it would solve a lot of issues we deal with when they come into this courtroom,” she said.