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UNM seeks funding to expand child abuse response team

The Associated Press, Joy Wang
January 29, 2019 06:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is asking state lawmakers for more funding to expand a program that evaluates children in cases that might involve child abuse.

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Officials say the University of New Mexico Hospital's Child Abuse Response Team helps provide a measure of safety for the state's most vulnerable residents.

Leslie Strickler is the team's medical director and is the state's only board-certified child abuse pediatrician. She has the expertise to determine whether a child's injuries may have been caused deliberately or by accident.

According to Strickler, New Mexico has high rates of child abuse and neglect and has a pediatric population at very high risk of maltreatment.

"We often have children referred to us because someone has a concern about their living situation or someone has a concern about a serious injury," Strickler said.

Additional funding for the program is one of the legislative priorities for the Health Sciences Center this year.

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