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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC)

Results

Legislation mandated Shaking Baby Syndrome (SBS) education passed in 2006, and the state became the first in the nation to appropriate funds for this program.  ($350,000 in FY'08)

Evaluation Report
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC)$1,961,778
 
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Project Implementation Grant, Year 4 (2006)$360,641
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Project Implementation Grant, Year 3 (2005)$398,687
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Project Implementation Grant, Year 2 (2004)$373,153
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Project Implementation Grant, Year 1 (2003)$398,653
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Pilot Grant (2002)$331,894
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Planning Grant (2000)$98,750
 
Year:2006Amount: $360,641
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Project Implementation Grant, Year 4
Recipient:Community HealthLink
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) has moved forward on a number of its key goals.  This has involved building and sustaining a comprehensive community-based coalition around the issues of child abuse and neglect in Central Massachusetts.  Thus far, 35 organizations, including state agencies and non-profits, have joined together to address these issues.

The second goal has been the development of programs to prevent the occurrence of abuse and neglect among families and health care professionals.  Activities have included the Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Campaign and the Family Outreach Network (FON).  Four hospitals in Central Massachusetts are providing training for parents and other care-givers on the dangers and consequences of shaken baby syndrome.  The Family Outreach Network is operating to work with families that have been identified as in need of support because of child abuse or neglect problems.

Going forward, CAPPC will be focusing its efforts on working with the Children’s Justice Center (CJC) at UMass to explore ways to interface prevention and ongoing treatment components with the existing indentification component provided by the CJC.  The second area of emphasis will be advocacy, finally securing passage of legislation to mandate the SBS education program, and securing state funding to sustain the FON and for child advocacy activities at regional sites across the state.

Project Director:  Mr. Daniel D. Melle
Fiscal Agent: Community HealthLink
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Year:2005Amount: $398,687
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Project Implementation Grant, Year 3
Recipient:Community HealthLink
In its third year of implementation the Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) continues to work to prevent child abuse, and improve the system of care for child victims.  CAPPC will continue to provide short-term home visiting services for high-risk families referred by DSS through MSPCC and the Family Outreach Network (FON); support efforts to lobby for state funding for the Connecting Families model based upon the outcomes of the Brandeis evaluation; provide training on the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) model to agency staff and key caregivers; expand the Central MA Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Model of patient education to St. Vincent and UMass; collect patient follow-up data and develop a consistent reporting format to enable a smooth transition of the program to DPH oversight and statewide implementation during the next two years; continue SBS prevention training-of-trainers with community organizations; move toward program sustainability through support for child advocacy centers, FON, SBS; and continue to promote public awareness of child abuse and prevention.

Project Director:   Mr. Daniel D. Melle 
Fiscal Agent: Community HealthLink
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Year:2004Amount: $373,153
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Project Implementation Grant, Year 2
Recipient:Community HealthLink
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) during the second year of Project Implementation, will continue to implement comprehensive programs to prevent child maltreatment, and advocate for a coordinated system of care for victims and their families.  The CAPPC’s Family Outreach Network, a network of agencies offering coordinated support services for families at high risk for child maltreatment, will expand its partnership with MSPCC’s Connecting Families Program, and participate in the statewide program evaluation through Brandeis University.  CAPPC’s Central Massachusetts Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Campaign will fully implement the patient-education model at four local birthing hospitals, and expand the program to reach new parents at two additional birthing hospitals.  CAPPC will continue to offer training in best practices for child sexual assault prevention, and expand community-based child abuse prevention education.  CAPPC will continue to advocate for statewide expansion of the SBS program, funding for regional diagnostic and treatment centers in Massachusetts for child victims of maltreatment, and sustainability of the Family Outreach Network.

Partners include:  Catholic Diocese of Worcester’s Office of Prevention and Healing; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS); Community Healthlink; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); Daybreak at
the Worcester YWCA; Office of District Attorney John J. Conte; Harrington Hospital; Heywood Hospital; Henry Lee Willis Community Center; Massachusetts Citizens for Children; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC); Milford-Whitinsville Hospital; Pernet Family Health Service; Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts; St. Vincent Hospital; United Way of Central Massachusetts; UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Child Protection Program; Worcester Community Connections Coalition; Worcester Communities of Care; Worcester Juvenile Court; Worcester Public Schools; and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Y.O.U., Inc.).

Project Director:   Mr. Daniel D. Melle 
Fiscal Agent: Community HealthLink
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Year:2003Amount: $398,653
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Project Implementation Grant, Year 1
Recipient:Community HealthLink
The Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) will implement a program, developed with the support of earlier Planning and Pilot Grants from the Foundation, to prevent child abuse and neglect and establish a system of care for victims and their families.  The Collaborative will expand the Family Outreach Network’s home visiting services; implement the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Campaign at two hospitals and expand the Campaign to four additional birthing hospitals; explore best practices for child sexual assault prevention; continue community-based child abuse prevention education; and advocate for the establishment of regional diagnostic and treatment centers in Massachusetts for child victims of maltreatment. 

Partners include:  The Catholic Diocese of Worcester’s Office of Prevention and Healing; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS); Community Healthlink; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); Daybreak at the Worcester YWCA; Office of the District Attorney; Harrington Hospital; Henry Heywood Hospital; Henry Lee Willis Community Center; Massachusetts Citizens for Children; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC); Pernet Family Health Service; Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts; United Way of Central Massachusetts; UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Child Protection Program; Worcester Community Connections Coalition; Worcester Communities of Care; Worcester Juvenile Court; Worcester Public Schools; and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Y.O.U., Inc.)

Other funding partners include:  Greater Worcester Community Foundation, St. Vincent Hospital Community Benefits, and the Massachusetts Office for Victims Assistance.

Project Director:   Mr. Daniel D. Melle 
Fiscal Agent: Community HealthLink
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Year:2002Amount: $331,894
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Pilot Grant
Recipient:UMass Medical School
The Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative, will pilot a coordinated, community-based effort, developed with an earlier planning grant, to prevent child abuse and neglect and establish a continuum of care for victims and their families.  Partners in this comprehensive effort include the Central Massachusetts Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Campaign, Daybreak, Henry Lee Willis Community Center, Massachusetts Department of Social Services, MSPCC, Pernet Family Health Service, Worcester Community Connections Coalition, YOU, Inc. and area birthing hospitals.

Project Director:   Dr. Christine Barron
Fiscal Agent:  UMass Medical School
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Year:2000Amount: $98,750
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Planning Grant
Recipient:UMass Medical School
The UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center will work with other regional organizations who are focused on the prevention and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse to create a multidisciplinary system to address the issue.


Project Director:    Dr. Christine Barron
Fiscal Agent: UMass Medical School
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