A team to be formed with state grant funding will focus on child abuse and neglect in Fulton and Montgomery counties.
The Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties is receiving $150,000 towards the development of a multidisciplinary team to investigate, prosecute and manage cases of physical abuse, sexual abuse and other violence, according to the office of Gov. David A. Paterson.
The funding is part of $1.17 million in grants administered by the state Office of Children and Family Services. The grants, distributed to 12 agencies statewide, are expected to establish a child safety infrastructure, OCFS Commissioner Gladys Carrion said in a news release.
“These grants will improve coordination among law enforcement, child protective services, health care and other community agencies involved in child abuse investigations and the protection of abused and neglected children,” Carrion said in the release.
A total of $1,172,944 is being distributed for other similar projects in Clinton, Ulster, Cortland, Monroe, Chautauqua, Putnam, Kings, New York, Broome, Chemung and Rensselaer counties, according to the governor’s office.