Hill-Evans announces nearly $337K in grants for children’s advocacy, safe neighborhoods and mental health programs in York County

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded grants to York County Children’s Advocacy Center and the York County Commissioners for children’s advocacy, safe neighborhood and mental health programs, totaling more than $336,828.

  • $46,999 to the York County Children’s Advocacy Center to support the salary of a forensic interviewer to help meet the increased referrals of clients, including Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children victims, children who witness domestic violence, and drug-endangered children as a result of the opioid crisis.

  • $139,829 to the York County Commissioners, 2022 SAUSA for Research and Community Engagement will be used to support personnel, employee benefits, travel to the PSN Conference, and the York College Research team. The program seeks to reduce violent crime by employing a research-driven and strategic problem-solving approach focusing on enforcement, prosecution, deterrence, BJA community engagement, and intervention and prevention.

  • $150,000 to the York County Commissioners to support the York County for Co-Responder Expansion Partnership’s expansion of its co-responder program by hiring a program specialist to serve as a co-responder, provide strategic leadership for the co-responder program, and engage with county and community stakeholders to facilitate cross system collaboration. The goals of this program are to reduce avoidable justice system contact and reduce the number of individuals with mental illness or co-occurring disorders in the county’s criminal justice system.

“I’m very glad PCCD has awarded this money to these deserving programs in York County,” Hill-Evans said. “This money will help make York County safer, especially for the most vulnerable in our society — children and those struggling with mental health issues. I’m also heartened that York County’s innovative research and community engagement program has received funding that will help reduce crime on our streets.”

More information on PCCD is available at https://www.pccd.pa.gov/.