OLEAN, NY -- Six rural counties, including Cattaraugus County, will receive government monies to fund new mobile units to ensure child abuse victims and their non-offending family members have access to child advocacy services closer to home.
The funding, announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, will provide each county with $250,000 for the purchase of new customized mobile units and $50,000 a year for three years to cover operation and maintenance of the unit.
The Parent Education Program, an Olean-based organization dedicated to strengthening families, will work with Cattaraugus County on the program.
"No child should ever have to endure the trauma of abuse, but it is critical that families going through these excruciatingly difficult situations get the help they need close to home," said Cuomo. "Expanding access to child advocacy centers and mobile units will ensure more child abuse survivors have a safe place to go to get support from trained professionals and put them on a path toward recovery."
The monies are part of $4.45 million in federal Victim of Crime Act funding awarded by the New York State Office of Victim Services in partnership with the Office of Children and Family Services.
In addition to Cattaraugus County, the counties receiving funds for new mobile units are St. Lawrence, Delaware, Hamilton, Steuben and Franklin counties.
"With the expansion of child advocacy centers and new mobile units in rural areas of the state, we are driving down transportation barriers to ensure all children and families have access to the critical health services and emotional support they need to live their best lives,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said.