Longietti: Nearly $600,000 in grants will fund Mercer County victims’ services, substance abuse treatment programs

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Grants totaling $599,257 will fund Mercer County programs to help victims of domestic violence and child abuse, as well as those struggling with addiction, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D- Mercer, announced.

The funding comes from grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

“I’m extremely pleased that our efforts to help secure this funding were successful,” said Longietti, who is a member of the At Risk Children and Families Caucus. “Our community’s strength lies not only in the achievements of our most successful residents, but in our ability to protect the most vulnerable among us. The funding approved by PCCD will give those whose lives have been turned upside down by violent crime, abuse or addiction a chance at a new future.”

Longietti said three separate grants will fund the following projects:

  • $349,969 to Aware Inc., to fund the Mercer Aware Supplemental Victim Services Project. The funding will support Aware in its mission of eliminating domestic violence and sexual abuse in Mercer County.
  • $100,000 to Aware Inc. to fund the Mercer Aware Child Sexual Assault Project. The funding will allow Aware to improve systems response from the agency’s collaborating partners by hiring a youth advocate to support child/teen victims of sexual violence and a criminal investigator to investigate child sexual violence cases.
  • $149,288 to the Mercer County Commissioners to fund the 2019 Opioid Abuse Program. The funding will support Mercer County’s Partnership for Recovery projects, including the expansion of county’s warm hand off program; decreasing the stigma associated with the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; and increasing availability of non-clinical recovery resources such as housing and transportation.

Separate advisory committees oversee PCCD grant funding and provide guidance to the commission.

Funding to the Mercer Aware Supplemental Victim Services Project comes from the 2019-20 Victims of Crime Act Funding, overseen by the Victim Services Advisory Committee; funding to the Mercer Aware Child Sexual Assault Project comes from the Endowment Act – Programs Assisting Victims, overseen by the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee; and funding to the Mercer County Commissioners for the 2019 Opioid Abuse Program comes from Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Funds, overseen by the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.