What is MDT?
The Mercer County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is a collaborative effort between the District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement, and Children and Youth Services to coordinate services for you and your family while your child’s allegation of abuse is under investigation. In order to ensure the safety and protection of children, the law requires that reports of possible abuse of a child be investigated by CYS. In cases where a crime may have occurred, law enforcement must be notified. The MDT’s primary goal is to reduce the number of times your child will need to talk with different professionals. The MDT is designed to respond to your questions quickly and sensitively during the investigation.
Can I be present with my child or the team during the interview?
It is important for the interviewer to talk with your child alone. If something abusive has happened to your child, it might initially be difficult for your child to talk about this in front of you. If your child discloses abusive incidents it might be upsetting to you. The team members have the responsibility of observing, assessing and investigating the allegations. The team’s focus must be on your child. Therefore you are not permitted to observe the interview.
Will someone talk with me during the interview?
You are encouraged to bring a friend or support person. An advocate will provide support while the interview is taking place. It is understandable that waiting for your child may be difficult.
What support is available for family members?
You will receive a referral to the supports available in your area and a contact person to discuss available services.
What about counseling?
Victimized children often do not feel as good about themselves as non-victimized children. Your child may also feel frustration, anger, guilt, fear and helplessness. Parents and other family members also need support and understanding. Remember that bad things happen to good people. Professional, evidence-based counseling can help you and your child through this stressful time. If you are interested in receiving counseling, please contact the advocate or CYS caseworker for a referral.