• First Annual Victim Advocate Network Training Meeting

    On Monday, June 24th, Victim Advocates from across the Commonwealth attended the First Annual Victim Advocate Network Training Meeting. Marlene Carson, SurThriver and CEO, The Switch presented on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

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  • PA Chapter of CACs & MDTs News Flash

    Release Date: 07.17.2019

    Congratulations to the PA Chapter new diversified Board!
    Mikele Bay, President
    Jean Allegrini
    Lynn Carson, At-Large Member
    Elliott Haverlack
    Jade Honey
    Jodi Kaplan, At-Large Member
    Cheryl Kimmel
    Daniel Mita
    Elida Murray, Chapter South Representative
    Abbie Newman, Chapter East Representative
    Laurie O’Connor
    Curtis Rogers, Chapter Northeast Representative
    Mary Tatum, Chapter West Representative

    The PA Chapter also welcomes the following new CAC Directors:
    Jeannette Rice, Lawrence County CAC
    Mandy Mundy, Bucks County CAC
    Jon Rose, Interim Director, Centre County CAC

    July 19, 2019 Meeting Notice:
    The first meeting of the new Board of Directors is on Friday, July 19th from 9:00 am – Noon. A Celebratory Lunch hosted by the Chapter will follow. Then the Members Network Meeting is from 1:00-3:30 pm.

    The PA Chapter Members Only page passcode is PAChapter123.
    The PA Chapter website, penncac.org, has a new Legislative Education page located in Members Only (Passcode: PAChapter123). In line with the PA Chapter Legislative Public Policy, the Legislative Education page is designed to easily help CACs and MDITs find their state and federal legislators. The Chapter’s External Affairs Committee will also use this page to announce upcoming legislation for your support to increase awareness of the needs of Pennsylvania’s children.

    The Legislative Education page includes:

    List of your legislators
    Email and Contact Form templates that prepopulate with your information
    External Affairs Committee with sub-tabs Meeting Reports and Committee Member list
    PA Chapter Public Policy
    NCA Legislative Toolkit

    To access the Legislative Education page go to penncac.org then click on Members Only (blue box in the upper right – Passcode: PAChapter123) Click on Leg Edu on the blue banner in Members Only

    At the top of the Legislative Education page you will see a red banner titled Legislative Education. Please click on the headings in the red banner to access information.

    How to locate your State and Federal Legislators/Government Officials

    To locate your legislators, first select your organization name using the drop-down menu at the top of the Legislative Education page. Next click on the state or federal image depending on the legislator/government official for whom you are looking.

    The state legislator lookup provides you with the legislator/government official’s contact email and phone number as well as email copy templates you can use for scheduling Center tours or visits at the legislator/government official’s office.

    The federal legislator lookup provides you with the legislator/government official’s contact form and phone number as well as contact form message copy templates you can use for scheduling Center tours or visits at the legislator/government official’s office.

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  • Job Announcements

    Position:         Intake Coordinator/Community Educator
    Supervisor:     Executive Director

    Organizational Mission:

    The mission of Over The Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center (“OTR”) is to meet the needs of abused children in the community by providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, identification, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse.   

    Job Summary:

    This position is operationally responsible for receiving, managing, and coordinating all referrals for OTR services. Over The Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center is not just a facility, but rather serves as an interagency coordinated response center, in addition to providing specialized direct services to child sexual abuse victims. The Intake Coordinator is directly responsible for the coordination of the MDIT response to reported child abuse. This position will also be involved in ongoing outreach and education efforts to community stakeholders on child abuse issues along with provision of direct services to include forensic interviews of children.

    General Responsibilities:

    *Receives, screens, and coordinates all referrals for OTR services;
    *Triages cases based upon case dynamics/safety needs and coordinates/schedules forensic interviews to ensure that all necessary MDIT members are present on the day of the child’s appointment;
    *Compiles accurate case tracking information, documents service provision, and case/data details for entry into the OTR case database system;
    *Assists in generating statistical reports for community analysis and grant reporting;
    *Assists staff (Managing Forensic Interviewer) with monthly case review preparation;
    *Provides and/or participates in training with employees, associate agencies, and the community to promote the Children’s Advocacy Center model for general child abuse prevention and intervention strategies;
    *Works closely with OTR staff (Family Advocate) to assure that all children and non-offending caregivers receive ongoing support and services;
    *Communicates regularly with parents/guardians during the entire MDT process to ascertain whether child abuse victims are receiving all of the help and support needed;
    *Administers Outcome Measurement Surveys to all family’s receiving services from OTR;
    *Conducts (in a backup capacity as needed) professional forensic interviews of children and adolescents who are alleged victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or witness to a violent crime;
    *Accepts other responsibilities when necessary and/or assigned.

    Additional Responsibilities:

     Community Education/Prevention

    *Works with OTR staff to develop and implement both school based and community curriculum in the areas of child abuse and neglect, intervention, and prevention;
    *Fosters and maintains a trusting, helpful relationship with MDIT members including law enforcement, Children and Youth, the District Attorney’s office along with medical and mental health professionals

    Job Requirements and Qualifications:

    Education

    *Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field required. Advanced degree in a field related to the multidisciplinary function of the Children’s Advocacy Center, such as law, social work or criminal justice is preferred.

    Experience

    *At least 2 years of experience working with victims of child abuse and their families, and a demonstrated knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse and family violence;
    *Prior work with Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, and District Attorneys preferred;
    *Prior training and experience conducting forensic interviews of victimized children, testifying in court proceedings, and working within a multidisciplinary team preferred;
    *Experience providing community education and professional training;

    Knowledge Requirements

    *Proficiency in Spanish preferred;
    *High level of written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, computer skills, collaborative capabilities; and
    *Proficiency with Microsoft, Word, Excel and Outlook

    Interpersonal, Intellectual and Physical Requirements

    *Individual should possess tact, good judgment, flexibility, and ability to work as a team member with individuals from a variety of disciplines;
    *Ability to work well under pressure, multi-task and balance diverse requirements noted above and respond quickly to challenges;
    *Highly motivated, flexible, organized, and an independent team player;
    *Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision;
    *Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks;
    *Bending, stooping, reaching and other movement required in dealing with children. Lifting of office materials (up to 20 lbs.);
    *Must be able to travel overnight to conference and training requirements;
    *Must have valid driver’s license or ability to get to programs at various locations; and
    *Must have or be able to pass PA State Police, PA Childline and Federal fingerprint screenings.

     Salary and Benefits:

    Competitive Salary with benefits.  Negotiable.

     How to apply:

    Send cover letter and resume (with 3 references) to Dianne Kelso, Executive Director, Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center, 1461 S. Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

    Deadline for Applications: August 8th, 2019

    Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, disabilities, and citizen, marital, veteran and HIV statuses.

    Position:         Mental Health Coordinator
    Supervisor:     Executive Director

    Organizational Mission:

    The mission of Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center (“OTR”) is to meet the needs of abused children in the community by providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, identification, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse.   

    Job Summary:

    This position has operational responsibility for essential mental health screening, and initial and ongoing support for child abuse victims who are clients of OTR.  The Mental Health Coordinator is directly responsible for crisis support, trauma assessment of the child victims and his/her non-offending family members, mental health treatment onsite or referrals and to follow-up with trauma-trained clinicians in the community who meet National Children’s Alliance standards.  The position involves confidential work with sensitive information about child abuse victims and partner agency personnel at supervisory and front line levels.

    General Responsibilities:

    *Provides initial crisis support for child abuse victims during forensic interviews and/or pediatric medical evaluations;
    *Provides ongoing supportive counseling to the child and family as needed throughout the investigation, intervention and prosecution phases;
    *Provides an initial, informal mental health assessment following forensic interviews and/or pediatric medical evaluations;
    *Schedules formal mental health assessments within a week of first contact with parents/guardians and administers these formal mental health assessments to all child victims, as well as to non-offending family members to determine the extent of the trauma each person is experiencing that is connected with the specific event;
    *Grades formal assessments and makes recommendations regarding mental health treatment and determines whether treatment will occur onsite or be referred to trauma-trained clinicians in the community;
    *Personally provides mental health treatment onsite when needed, as well as makes referrals to linked clinicians for child victim mental health treatment—making certain clinicians will follow the TF-CBT model;
    *Communicates regularly with clinicians who are providing treatment to child abuse victims we have referred to gather evidenced-based information regarding the progress of the victims;
    *Communicates regularly with parents/guardians during the entire MDT process to ascertain whether child abuse victims are receiving all of the help and support needed;
    *Tracks the mental health progress of all clients—whether seen onsite or by linked clinicians in the community—on the CACs tracking software; and
    *Accepts other responsibilities when necessary and/or assigned.

    Specific Responsibilities:

     Clinical Support Groups

    *Establishes and provides oversight to clinical groups for children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse;
    *Establishes and provides oversight to clinical groups for parents/caretakers of children and/or teens who have experienced sexual abuse; and
    *Tracks the mental health progress on each client participating in the support groups.

    Community Education/Prevention

    *Works with the Executive Director to develop curriculum and provide community and agency education in the areas of child abuse and neglect, healthy child development, and sexuality.

    Professional Trainings and Peer Reviews

    *Ensures that ongoing mental health training and education is a priority and partners with other agencies to provide focused clinical trainings to ensure MDIT agencies are able to provide quality, trauma-focused treatment for both child and adult victims; and
    *Facilitates quarterly peer reviews for mental health clinicians who provide treatment to clients who have been referred by OTR.

    Job Requirements and Qualifications:

    Education

    *Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field; or a professional license to practice independently as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Master/Clinical Social Worker; or previous experience in play therapy and/or therapy with abused and traumatized children preferred

    Training (licenses and certifications)

     *At least 2 years of experience working with victims of child abuse and their families, and a demonstrated knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse and family violence;
    *Trained in trauma focused, evidenced-based mental health modalities, including the TF- CBT model;
    *Maintain current licensure and/or certification; and
    *Maintain good standing with the appropriate state licensing board and group membership affiliations.

    Experience

    *Prior relevant experience as practicing mental health professional with abused children or use of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy preferred;
    *Prior work with Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, and District Attorneys preferred; and
    *Experience providing community education and professional training; and
    *Preferred experience testifying in court.

    Knowledge Requirements

    *Proficiency in Spanish preferred;
    *High level of written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, computer skills, collaborative capabilities; and
    *Proficiency with Microsoft, Word, Excel and Outlook

    Interpersonal, Intellectual and Physical Requirements

    *Individual should possess tact, good judgment, flexibility, and ability to work as a team member with individuals from a variety of disciplines;
    *Ability to work well under pressure, multi-task and balance diverse requirements noted above and respond quickly to challenges;
    *Highly motivated, flexible, organized, and an independent team player;
    *Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision;
    *Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks;
    *Bending, stooping, reaching and other movement required in dealing with children. Lifting of office materials (up to 20 lbs.);
    *Must be able to travel overnight to conference and training requirements;
    *Must have valid driver’s license or ability to get to programs at various locations; and
    *Must have or be able to pass PA State Police, PA Childline and Federal fingerprint screenings.

     Salary and Benefits:

    Competitive Salary with excellent benefits.  Negotiable.

     How to apply:

    Send cover letter and resume (with 3 references) to Dianne Kelso, Executive Director, Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center, 1461 S. Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

    Deadline for Applications: August 8th, 2019

    Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, disabilities, and citizen, marital, veteran and HIV statuses.

     

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  • Members Network Meeting
    July 19, 2019 1:00-3:30 pm

     

    July 19 2019 PACAC Quarterly Members Agenda

    News Flash 07.17.2019

    OMS

    CAC-MDT National Support Organizational Chart

    PA Chapter Organizational Chart

    PA Chapter Acronyms

    PA Chapter New Member Board of Directors List

    PA Chapter New Member Board of Directors List

     

     

     

     

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  • Endowment Act – CACs & Victim Service Providers

    Release Date: 06.28.2019

    The following Grant Opportunities are now open in PCCD’s Egrants System:

    Funding Announcement Title: Endowment Act – CACs & Victim Service Providers
    Plan Year: 2019
    Release Date: 6.28.2019
    Due Date: 8.16.2019
    Concept Papers Required: No
    Competitive/Noncompetitive: Competitive
    Amount Announced: $500,000.00

    To view the details regarding this solicitation and others, please click on the Funding Announcement Title listed above.

    You can view detailed documentation regarding these Funding Announcements by clicking on the Funding Announcement Title on the screen.

    You must be registered with PCCD to access the Egrants System. If you are not registered, go to the website www.pccdegrants.state.pa.us and select Register. Once your registration is accepted, select the Login button. Enter the User ID and Password established when you registered, and Login to the system through the Egrants Production link. Then you will see the User Management Profile Details page. You must save this information in order to access the system.

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