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Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment Strengthens Organizational Structure

The University of South Dakota’s Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) met in Chamberlain on Tuesday, August 15 to discuss updates on the objectives of the 10-year work plan. The advisory board includes representatives from SD Kids Count, DCI, FBI, Children’s Home, Child’s Voice, Central SD Child Assessment Center, the Network, USD, SDSU, the Board of Regents, DOE, CPS and DOH among other advocates and representatives of local law enforcement and the state legislature.

Director Carrie Sanderson – who assumed her role with CPCM in late spring – led the conversations, noting that the meeting “once again demonstrated the success of stakeholders for implementing the 10-year work plan.” Director Sanderson was pleased to report, “we are strengthening CPCM’s organizational structure, we have rolled out an interactive website as a tool for both professionals and our community members, and the work of the Watertown REACH Team is progressing. Exciting things are happening in South Dakota and we are happy to be a part of the change.”

CACSD and DCI – represented by Chapter Coordinator Nick Bratvold and Special Agent Cam Corey – were eager to update the board on the status of Goal D, one of 6 goals established through the work of Jolene’s Law Task Force. This goal focuses on the development of the Watertown Regional MDT Pilot Project, otherwise called the REACH Team. The team has worked diligently with its MDT stakeholders and is scheduled to begin seeing patients on Tuesday, August 22.

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