Economic stimulus money expands hospital program for kids
HUDSON–The number of child abuse cases in the county, including sexual abuse, is increasing and is likely to exceed 200 by the end of this year. So the news this week that federal funds will pay for two more staff members at the Stephen and Suzanne Menkes Child Advocacy Center at Columbia Memorial Hospital was applauded by professionals in many fields, all of whom share a responsibility for helping children who become the victims of violent crimes.
The Child Advocacy Center will receive $265,416 over the next three years to pay the salaries of a new, full-time child advocate and a part-time pediatric mental health therapist. The first two years of the funding will come from federal economic stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with the third year paid from a federal fund set up years ago to channel the money from criminal penalties, fines and fees into programs that help crime victims.