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State to receive $2.7m grant for child abuse project

By Union Leader staff
October 08. 2018 11:11PM

CONCORD — The state has been approved for a five-year, $2.7 million federal grant to help young families, especially those at highest risk for child abuse.

The funds will be targeted to programs in Manchester, Laconia, Belmont, Franklin and Tilton.

The grant will fund the Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families (CCSPF) project, which will be led by the Division for Children, Youth and Families and the Division of Public Health Services.

The project will focus on families with children from birth through age 8 by ensuring parents or guardians get the help they need to safely care for their children, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, home visiting and educational programs.

It’s all aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect and reducing the number of children entering foster care. “This funding will allow us to provide critical services for families and strengthen our efforts to stop child maltreatment before it starts,” said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers.

The project will focus on Manchester and the Winnipesaukee Public Health Region, which includes the towns of Laconia, Belmont, Franklin and Tilton.

Those communities were identified as areas of high risk due to factors like socio-economic status, household composition, high levels of opioid abuse and existing rates of child abuse or neglect.

The federal funding is in addition to the $500,000 approved in June by the state Legislature under SB 592, which provides funding for Parental Assistance Programs.

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