Harford County’s State’s Attorneys Office and Office of Family and Children’s Services are partnering to provide services such as therapy, counseling, case management, and safety planning to all crime victims in the county.
Before the partnership, these trauma-related services were only available to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Other victims would have to navigate finding help on their own. Now all victims may have a supportive hand through the process.
From The Baltimore Sun:
Under the new partnership, a case manager from Family and Children’s Services working at the Harford Family Justice Center, through a referral by a prosecutor, can begin to provide victim support right from the beginning, said Jennifer Redding, deputy chief of behavioral health services for Family and Children Services.
“In real time, as soon as they come in contact with a victim, they can link up with us immediately and our case manager can jump right in and assess what an individual’s needs are and help meet them,” Redding said. “By being there, we’re given the fortitude to do whatever the client needs.”
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Learn more about addressing trauma at the MACo Winter Conference Session, “It Takes a Village: Building Resilience and Treating Trauma“. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4.
The 2019 MACo Winter Conference, “Building for the Future,” will be held on December 4-6, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.
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