Wasco County

Sanctuary Model Shows Dramatic Improvement in Juvenile Behavior

During the grant reporting period of a Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative, the town of 14,000 people 70 miles east of Portland, saw the percent of students reporting involvement in a physical fight drop from 20.1 percent in 2010 to 12 percent in 2013, and the percent of students reporting having at least one drink of alcohol in most recent month fall from 30.6 percent in 2010 to 17. 4 percent in 2013.

Wasco County overall reported zero juvenile arrests during the typically rowdy spring break of 2013, the lowest level of juvenile crime in history, said Trudy Townsend, trauma-informed care coordinator for the Creating Sanctuary in the Columbia River Gorge movement who now leads community health

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