Behavioral Health Practice Management Software Scholarship
by Leigh-Ann Renz 3.26.13 (updated 10.26.15)
PIMSY mental health EHR is honored to support organizations that are making a positive difference – by providing complimentary software licenses to these agencies. The first recipient of the PIMSY Share Program is the Kids Advocacy Resource Effort, or KARE.
Kids Advocacy Resource Effort – KARE
1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused by the age of 18. Those are some sobering statistics to contemplate as we start Child Abuse Prevention Month and consider the ways we might support prevention and healing. For those of us in western North Carolina, we have an amazing agency right in our backyard dedicated to preventing child abuse and advocating for children who have been physically or sexually abused: KARE, Inc (Kids Advocacy Resource Effort).
Founded in 1991 by volunteers, KARE is a nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center (CAC) with the National Children’s Alliance and is a Prevent Child Abuse affiliate. KARE is unique in that it provides not only advocacy for victims, but also education for at-risk families to help prevent future abuse.
Preventing and Treating Child Abuse
Victim Advocacy: KARE works closely with the abuse victim and non-offending parent to help them navigate a DSS and / or law enforcement investigation. In partnership with Haywood County Psychological Services, KARE provides counseling for the child, and in the case of child on child abuse, they fill a much-needed support role, as sometimes neither DSS nor law enforcement is able to intervene.
Positive Parenting Program: is a multi-level parenting and family support strategy that aims to prevent behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents. Weekly sessions are conducted one-on-one in the KARE office and help parents and children understand expectations by encouraging discipline, schedules and routines.
School Safety Program: KARE’s school safety program sends volunteers into every elementary school in the county to teach children about personal safety. It provides age-appropriate materials for children: how to say no when they feel threatened and what to do if harm takes place.
Multidisciplinary Team: KARE makes resource referrals and collaborates with other agencies through a multidisciplinary team to ensure that: 1) victims are treated with dignity and respect, 2) their cases are thoroughly investigated and prosecuted when possible, and 3) victims and their caregivers have the tools and resources to heal. Their main goal is to minimize further trauma to children during the investigation.
PIMSY Supports KARE
All of KARE’s services are free, 75-80% of their funding comes from grants, and the rest is provided by local fund raising. KARE was the first recipient of the PIMSY Share Program, which provides complimentary EMR software licenses to non-profit organizations in need.
PIMSY also participates in several of KARE’s annual fundraisers, including the 5K walk/run, held every spring, and the Festival of Trees auction, held every Christmas. See PIMSY Gives Back for details about these events. We’re honored to be a part of KARE’s amazing work and give back to our local community while addressing an important worldwide issue.