Matzie: More than $750,000 to support victims of crime and abuse, fund drug treatment programs, update police recordkeeping

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Grants totaling $758,056 will enhance services for domestic abuse victims and at-risk youth, support county drug treatment programs, and fund an updated police recordkeeping system, announced state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny.

The funding comes from grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, acting on recommendations by various advisory committees.

“I’m extremely pleased that our work to help secure this funding paid off,” Matzie said. “For our community to thrive, we all need to thrive, and that means recognizing that the consequences of violence, trauma and abuse go well beyond individual victims to impact families, neighborhoods and communities. These grants will go a long way toward restoring normal lives for residents who are endangered or at risk.”

Matzie said the funding comes from five separate grants, including:

  • $293,631 to the Women’s Center of Beaver County to support the center’s mission of providing support and services for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The grant comes from the 2019-20 Victims of Crime Act funding, overseen by the Victims Services Advisory Committee. 
  • $152,528 to The Bradley Center for the center’s Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools program in the Aliquippa School District. The program works to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and behavioral problems in youth exposed to trauma. The grant comes from State Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programs Funds, overseen by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee.
  •  $138,180 to the Beaver County Commissioners for program resources. The grant comes from 2019-20 VOCA funding overseen by VSAC.
  • $125,000 to the Beaver County Commissioners for the “Enhancing Success – MRT for Trauma” program to break the cycle of drugs and violent crime by expanding substance abuse treatment for inmates. The grant comes from Residential Substance Abuse and Treatment Funds, overseen by the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.
  • $48,717 to Beaver Borough to replace the borough’s police records management system with one that can integrate Pennsylvania’s recently updated criminal complaints, juvenile allegations, search warrants and reportable accident forms. The grant comes from the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Under $10k Funds, overseen by CJAC.