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The Personal Safety and Awareness Program (PSAP) started as a joint project of Horizons Mental Health Center and the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center (SA/DVC) in 1982 as a result of a mutual concern about the increase in confirmed reports of child assault in Reno County since 1979.

Susan (Yoder) Alexander, MSW, creator and co-author, became the coordinator of the PSAP at Horizons Mental Health Center in 1983. When she went on to receive her Masters in Social Work and provide therapeutic services to children and families in the south-central region of Kansas, Susan passed the reigns to Jane Holzrichter, MSW, who is still serving in the position today.

Richard Line, MS, MSW, Co-author, and former Clinical Director at HMHC, was accredited in working with Dr. William Hawver, former Superintendent of USD 308, to take a leap of faith with an early intervention grassroots program in 13 elementary schools, during a time when the subject of abuse was barely a whisper.It was from the PSAP that referrals were made by DCF and law enforcement for sexual abuse evaluations, leading to the formation of a CAC.

In 2005, we organized into a Child Advocacy Center and conducted 135 forensic interviews in Reno County concerning children who were suspected of being abused, with 58 of those evaluations being confirmed and resulting in both victims and offenders getting help. In 2009, we received full accreditation through the National Children's Alliance. In 2017 we opened a satellite CAC in Harper County.

The grassroots of the program curriculum were developed with the help of educational professionals, including several grade school teachers, a school nurse, a grade school principal, and a law enforcement officer. Also included in the development of the program were several psychologists and clinical social workers specializing in children services.

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The Personal Safety and Awareness Program (PSAP) started as a joint project of Horizons Mental Health Center and the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center (SA/DVC) in 1982 as a result of a mutual concern about the increase in confirmed reports of child assault in Reno County since 1979.

Susan (Yoder) Alexander, MSW, creator and co-author, became the coordinator of the PSAP at Horizons Mental Health Center in 1983. When she went on to receive her Masters in Social Work and provide therapeutic services to children and families in the south-central region of Kansas, Susan passed the reigns to Jane Holzrichter, MSW, who is still serving in the position today.

Richard Line, MS, MSW, Co-author, and former Clinical Director at HMHC, was accredited in working with Dr. William Hawver, former Superintendent of USD 308, to take a leap of faith with an early intervention grassroots program in 13 elementary schools, during a time when the subject of abuse was barely a whisper.

It was from the PSAP that referrals were made by DCF and law enforcement for sexual abuse evaluations, leading to the formation of a CAC.

In 2005, we organized into a Child Advocacy Center and conducted 135 forensic interviews in Reno County concerning children who were suspected of being abused, with 58 of those evaluations being confirmed and resulting in both victims and offenders getting help. In 2009, we received full accreditation through the National Children's Alliance. In 2017 we opened a satellite CAC in Harper County.

The grassroots of the program curriculum were developed with the help of educational professionals, including several grade school teachers, a school nurse, a grade school principal, and a law enforcement officer. Also included in the development of the program were several psychologists and clinical social workers specializing in children services.

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