Arc receives $2,000 grant for police, victim advocate training

The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties announced it has received a $2,000 Pathways to Justice grant from its national organization, The Arc of the U.S.  

Created by The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) in 2013, Pathways to Justice is a first-of-its kind training initiative, striving to form strong and lasting partnerships between criminal justice and disability professionals that address service gaps encountered by people with disabilities and their families within the criminal justice arena.

Amy Newell, Executive Director of The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, stated, “We are looking forward to working with local law enforcement and criminal justice system for the best and safest outcomes for both parties where an individual with an intellectual and/or developmental disability is involved.”

Drawing from evidenced-based models in criminal justice and mental health fields, this one-day on-site training targets three primary audiences: law enforcement, victim service providers and attorneys/legal professionals.

The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties has already been collaborating with local law enforcement to assess the need in our area for training on interacting with individuals with I/DD.  There has been a positive response with regard to training integration and the formation of a Disability Response Team.

Leigh Ann Davis, The Arc’s Program Manager for Justice Initiatives, commented: “NCCJD is excited to award The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties our 2016-2017 Pathways to Justice grant.  With this funding, we are deepening our capacity to advocate for people with disabilities who come in contact with the criminal justice system.  These trainings will help people with disabilities receive critical supports and services at a time when they need them the most.”

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–The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties

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