Child advocacy day rally at the capitol

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MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT)- Tuesday, thousands of kids gathered at the capitol for Child Advocacy Day.

Fred Hinojosn is a senior at Oneonta High School and his message Tuesday afternoon was about student mental health. 

“My area is actually very under-represented when it comes to mental health,” Hinojosn said.

He’s hoping lawmakers will include money in the education budget to hire more mental health professionals in schools. 

“In this day and age mental health is looked as taboo, no one really talks about it. It’s important for us to express these ideas and feelings because, at the end of the day, mental health is what’s important to us,” Hinojosn said. 

Another important issue for children in Alabama is healthcare. 

“Alabama right now enjoys historically low rates for uninsured children in Alabama, but that could change at any moment,” Dr. Nola Ernest said.

Dr. Ernest says it’s important for lawmakers to fund programs like Medicaid. Governor Kay Ivey says one way to keep that funding strong is to have full participation in the 2020 census.  

“The census count will affect our great state on many levels, from our representation in Congress, to federal funding,” Gov. Ivey said. 

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