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June 28, 2001

WPIC-supported program gets county funds

The Moms and Cops Program has been awarded a grant from the Tony Stagno Environmental Health Mini-Grant Awards Program, sponsored by the Allegheny County Health Department.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and UPMC Braddock are two of the program's supporting organizations.

Moms and Cops provides an educational model for early detection of child neglect and abuse and domestic violence. The goal of the Pittsburgh program is to educate city police officers regarding available resources and connecting those in need with appropriate resources.

The grant will be used to make educational and referral materials available to officers and to support the costs of additional training programs in the city. Police representatives from the program are Commanders Maurita Bryant and Gwen Elliott.

Other organizations supporting Moms and Cops include: Magee-Womens Hospital, City of Pittsburgh Police, Allegheny County Housing Police, Braddock Borough Police Department, Community Care Behavioral Health, Healthy Start Inc., Hill Collaborative, March of Dimes, Office of the District Attorney, Pittsburgh City Housing Police Department and the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

For more information on the Moms and Cops Program, contact Frank Ghinassi, at 412/383-9971 or Pam Dodge at 412/641-1047.

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