State lawmakers study what works to stop child abuse
The state House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a resolution aimed at preventing child abuse. The resolution, written by state Rep. Julie Harhart, R-Northampton/Lehigh, calls for a joint state government commission to study child abuse and neglect prevention programs in Pennsylvania and the nation.
"I have been a longtime advocate for children across Pennsylvania, especially when it comes to dealing with child abuse," Harhart said. "This study will help better direct our resources to those programs and services that deliver the best results in preventing the abuse and neglect of children."
The resolution calls for identifying existing successful evidence-based child abuse and neglect programs operating in the Commonwealth and nationwide; evaluating the effectiveness and relative cost of these programs; identify opportunities to integrate child abuse and neglect prevention methods and approaches into Commonwealth programs and the policy of Commonwealth agencies where feasible; identify all existing federal, state and county funding streams currently provided for child abuse and neglect prevention, and provide recommendations on how to create incentives for the adoption and implementation of evidence-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs.
A report of the commission's findings will be presented to the majority and minority chairmen of the House Children and Youth Committee and the majority and minority chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee no later than 18 months from adoption of the resolution.