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Community Response Program Extended

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Updated: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:02:41 MST

MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Mesa County was granted a year's extension for the community response program that helps to provide resources for child abuse prevention services.

This program is for families at risk for child maltreatment to access services without having to open a case with the Department of Human services. It provides families with case management, service linkages and community support.

This plan was implemented in January and expired in June, but was approved on Monday for another year because of the success the program has had.

"Our number of child abuse cases has been reduced over the years, and a lot of it is because we've been so proactive with these kinds of programs. This way you're not just leaving families out to continue to try to find their way. These programs offer support to them to become better families and to keep kids safe throughout the Valley,” said Angeline Roles, public information officer for the Department of Human Services.

So far more than 70 families have benefited from the program. This service also helps to prevent high financial costs associated with families being screened in to the child welfare system.

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