AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is ending a child abuse prevention program that officials say is too similar to another state program.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says the $2.2 million Community Partnerships for Protecting Children program has the same goals as the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Councils.
She tells the Portland Press Herald the department has a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure that its programs are not duplicative. She also says the department funded the program believing it was evidence-based but has determined it doesn’t meet that standard.
The program started with the South Portland-based nonprofit Opportunity Alliance. Executive director Mike Tarpinian says ending it will put children in jeopardy.
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South Portland schools Superintendent Ken Kunin says the program has been a “tremendous asset” in his community.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com