FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 2, 2019
CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is one of five agencies nationwide that has been awarded a federal grant to reduce and prevent child abuse or neglect deaths and injuries.
The U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime is providing $750,000 over 3 years and assistance from experts in addressing child maltreatment injuries and fatalities.
Through the project MDHHS will identify children who are most at risk of abuse and neglect and act to prevent deaths and injuries. MDHHS will collect and analyze data and work with community partners to develop prevention plans. Progress will be shared nationally and regionally. The project is known as Reducing Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries and Crimes Caused by Crime Victimization.
In fiscal year 2018, more than 96,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect in Michigan were assigned for investigation by Children’s Protective Services. In fiscal year 2017, Children’s Protective Services received 298 complaints alleging a child may have died from abuse or neglect, with 84 of those complaints resulting in MDHHS substantiating abuse/neglect.
“Protecting the safety and well-being of children is vitally important,” said JooYeun Chang, executive director of the MDHHS Children’s Services Agency. “If we can better identify risk factors, we can step in and prevent a tragedy before it happens. Protecting children is a community responsibility and this grant will allow us to better work with our partners to keep children safe.”
Among other things, the initiative will involve:
MDHHS will work with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) – a nonprofit that focused on public health issues – on the grant project. Nationally, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities – a Washington, D.C., strategic action network that works to achieve a healthy and equitable society – will provide technical assistance to the five agencies that received grants.
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Disclaimer: This product was supported by cooperative agreement number 2019-V3-GX-K005, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.