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Bill aimed at saving tax dollars & disabled youth out of trouble

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- There's a new bill that's aimed at saving your tax dollars and providing troubled youth the help they need.

Senate bill 6157 creates standards to find out if a juvenile has a disability.

The new bill is trying to keep offenders with disabilities like autism, aspergers syndrome, forms of brain damage, and bi-polar disorder from getting caught in an endless cycle of being locked up.

"They still bounce into our system because the juvenile detention facility or the juvenile court is a default system when there's nothing else in the community to intervene with kids and families," explains Sharon Paradis, administrator for the Benton-Franklin Counties Juvenile Department.

Detention staff will get unfunded training which will include understanding sensitive youth and not to be aggressive with the offenders.

The governor is expected to sign the bill Thursday.

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