Multi-Disciplinary Team

Since 1992, the Hunterdon County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) has served the needs of children who are victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, and their families, during  their   involvement with the  criminal justice system.  Our team    is presently comprised of committed professionals from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office (Assistant Prosecutor and  Detectives), Hunterdon County Division of Child Protection and Permanency, a mental health professional (psychologist),  the  Regional   Child  Protection  Center   at  Dorothy B. Hersh, Office of Victim Witness  Advocacy at the Prosecutor's  Office,  Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis   Center(DASACC),  a representative  from  Institutional   Abuse and the Sexual  Assault  Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator.

The purpose of the MDT is to establish guidelines for the appropriate investigation of allegations and/or complaints, with interagency collaboration to reduce potential trauma to children and families while improving services. A collaborative response reduces the number of interviews a child may be required to undergo, while reducing the number of recantations and providing timely access to appropriate community resources.

Hunterdon County MDT meets regularly and is designed to provide  support  to child victims and families by creating a plan of services. Referral to a counselor/therapist  who is trained  or supervised in the  area of child abuse/neglect and child sexual  abuse is one of the most  vital  services   provided to a child victim and   family.