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Red River Children’s Advocacy Center to get $300K to boost mental health services

Dr. Nicola Herting, mental health director at Red River Children's Advocacy Center, talks about the new partnership with the United Way of Cass-Clay during a news conference Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Fargodome.David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — The Red River Children’s Advocacy Center will receive $300,000 over three years from United Way of Cass-Clay to increase the center’s mental health services, the organizations announced Wednesday, May 9.  

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) provides trauma screening and forensic interviews for children who have suffered abuse or neglect. It also helps with investigation, prosecution and prevention, said Nicola Herting, the CAC’s mental health director.

United Way will give the CAC $100,000 a year for three years starting in 2019. The new partnership is to improve and increase mental health resources and accessibility for the victims and their families, said Thomas Hill, community impact director for United Way. The goal is to “fill existing gaps in services and … reduce barriers,” Hill said.

The CAC services will be provided at no cost for the victims’ families, Hill and Herting said.

The money will also go to hiring another mental health expert and to developing existing trauma-specific screenings and evidence-based treatments, which are thoroughly researched methods designed to work for specific problems and age groups.

If the CAC cannot provide in-house treatment, Herting said, it refers victims and their families to treatments suited to their financial and health needs.

The partnership will help the most vulnerable in the community, Hill said.