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Allegheny General Hospital Child Psychologist to Provide Testimony at Senate Hearing on Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) December 12, 2011

Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D., an internationally recognized child psychologist and Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh has been invited to provide written testimony that will be presented at a hearing tomorrow before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. The hearing, scheduled for 10:15 am in Washington, will focus on how well federal laws (most specifically: reporting requirements) are working to protect children from abuse.

Organized by U.S. Senators, Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Children and Families, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), the hearing will examine existing gaps in the legal system and consider proposals to improve reporting requirements.

According to Senator Mikulskis press announcement, the hearing follows troubling allegations of child sexual abuse at Pennsylvania State University and the failure to report the alleged crimes to law-enforcement authorities. Currently, only 18 states require all adults to report suspected child abuse.

Dr. Mannarino is a leading authority on childhood trauma and abuse who has provided clinical services to traumatized children and their families for more than 25 years. He is the past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and was named to the American Psychological Associations Presidential Task Force on Child and Adolescent Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in 2008.

Under Dr. Mannarinos direction, the AGH Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents is a program that helps children and families cope with traumatic events, such as child abuse, community or domestic violence, terrorism, war and natural disasters. The centers team of psychiatrists and psychologists have played critical roles is assisting disaster relief efforts around the country, including September 11, Hurricane Katrina and the crash of USAir Flight 427, among other events.

Dr. Mannarino and his colleagues have also been principle investigators for numerous federally funded studies examining the impact and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Together with Judith Cohen, MD, a child psychiatrist at AGH, Dr. Mannarino is credited with developing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) an innovative and effective treatment for traumatized children that has become a standard of care for children across the United States and in several countries around the world. They are also co-authors of the book Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents, which provides an overview of the TF-CBT approach and how the model can be adapted to treat children of different ages and cultural backgrounds.

Editors Note: A copy of Dr. Mannarinos Senate testimony will be available upon request on Tuesday, December 13 at 10:15 am.

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Catholic Relief Services Urges Senate to Protect Development Food Aid in Farm Bill


Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) April 24, 2012

Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church in the United States, is urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to fund food aid for development programs at a minimum of $ 450 million in the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.

There are certainly many things in this bill we like, said Bill OKeefe, CRS Vice President for Advocacy. But we are concerned that it could have a real negative impact on long-term projects designed to alleviate hunger and nutrition problems in developing countries around the world.

While the Senate Farm Bill as introduced reauthorizes Food for Peace food aid program funding at $ 2.5 billion a year and provides greater flexibility in how those resources can be usedboth laudable movesit also calls for development food aid to receive only 15 percent to 30 percent of overall Food for Peace resources, guaranteeing funding of only $ 275 million a year.

CRS position is that development food aid needs to be funded at a minimum of $ 450 million a year.

We understand that some will say the $ 275 million is a minimum figure that can rise, but our experience, particularly in a time of tight budgets, is that the minimum is all these programs will get, OKeefe said. This could really damage our countrys food aid program, cutting almost 40 percent from our development programming budget.

CRS points out that it was this kind of long-term development work that made many communities in East Africa more resilient, helping them avoid famine during the recent devastating drought. The ongoing success of such development work can be seen in Burkina Faso as it weathers the current Sahel food crisis; in Haiti as the agricultural sector helps the country recover from the 2010 earthquake; and in Bangladesh, where such work helps poor farmers survive cyclical floods.

We know that people will always needand receiveassistance during emergencies. But CRS also knows that development work means that fewer will need such help in the future, OKeefe said. This is the type of smart investment that the U.S. should be making with its assistance programs.

CRS is also concerned that the cost recovery requirements in the bill as introduced do not adequately take into account the variations in overseas markets and shipping requirements, and could end up doing damage to aid programs.

CRS does applaud many provisions in the bill, including the Committees efforts to make Local and Regional Procurement of food aid permanent with a $ 40 million yearly program that would be implemented in conjunction with the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, as well as the Committees direction of studying and supporting resiliency efforts in the Horn of Africa.

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency provides assistance to people in need in nearly 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. For more information, please visit http://www.crs.org or http://www.crsespanol.org.