Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

The heart of a Child Advocacy Center is the multidisciplinary team. The team represents a variety of agencies within the community. When brought together, team members share a common goal—to support children and families during the investigation of suspected child maltreatment. Through interagency agreement, child protection workers, law enforcement officers, mental health providers, medical providers, advocates, and prosecutors work together—combining professional skills and knowledge to create a more complete understanding of care issues and, ultimately, a more supportive response.

A coordinated interview with the alleged child victim is central to the work of a Child Advocacy Center. All child interviews, medical examinations, and assessments are conducted by professionals specially trained in child abuse investigation, in a child-friendly environment. This minimizes the need for numerous interviews and provisions of services in different locations.

Child Advocacy centers look at each step of the system from a child's point of view. This creates a response that takes into account the special needs of already traumatized children and their families.

A community that responds to child abuse through appropriate intervention provides hope and healing for children, and encourages families to reach their full potential.

Benefits

In the time we have been using the team approach:
  • The average length of the investigation has been reduced.
  • Coordination has cut down on the duplication of efforts.
  • Prosecutors are more successful as they encourage proper and expedient collection for physical evidence in each step of the process.
  • More accurate assessments of each reported incidence.
  • Families are able to regain a more normal life sooner because of effective investigations.
  • Stress and fear have been reduced.

Bannock County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Members

Child Protection:
  • The Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Family and Children Services
Child Advocacy Center Staff:
  • Interviewer
  • Crisis Support Counselor
  • Mental Health Services
Law Enforcement:
  • Bannock County Sheriff's Department
  • Chubbuck Police Department
  • Pocatello Police Department
Medical:
  • Portneuf Medical Center
  • Pocatello Children's Clinic
Prosecutors:
  • Bannock County Prosecutor's Office
Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Center  ·  409 Washington  ·  Pocatello, Idaho  83201  ·  (208) 234-2646

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