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About the Task Force
Agendas and Minutes
Archived Years (2013-2021)
CJA 2021-2022 Federal Application
3 Year Assessment
Addendum I (Three Year Assessment Full Report)
Addendum II (Three Year Assessment Executive Summary)
Addendum III (Three Year Assessment Member Agency Results)
2017 National Children’s Alliance Standards
2018 Connecticut MDT Data
CCA/MDT Coordinators Directory
GTFJAC By-Laws (Revised September 2018)
Connecticut Safe Sport Policy Child Abuse Prevention
Happy 30th Anniversary to the Governor's Task Force on Justice for Abused Children
MEETINGS: Agendas & Minutes
2023 GTF Committee
2021 agendas and minutes are available here in our archive.
Governor's Task Force on Justice for Abused Children Committees
In 2002, in accordance with Connecticut General Statute Sec. 17a-106a(c), a permanent Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Evaluation Committee was established to review protocols and monitor and evaluate the performance of multidisciplinary teams. The MDT Evaluation Committee is a permanent GTF committee and is charged with reviewing the protocols of all multidisciplinary teams, monitoring and evaluating teams, and making recommendations for modifications to the system of multidisciplinary teams. This committee is elected by the Governor's Task Force membership. The committee's composition is diverse geographically, culturally and by discipline. Current membership includes representatives from child protection, forensic medical providers and interviewers, States Attorney's Office (prosecutors), mental health, victim services, the Attorney General's office and MDT coordinators.
The Governor’s Task Force Executive Committee retreat was held on June 13, 2017 and included executive committee members as well as a diverse make up of professionals from GTF and its committees or workgroups. As a result of this meeting, retreat recommendations were presented and approved at the July 2017 task force meeting. One of the recommendations was to suspend several of the standing committees for the year as the task force completed strategic planning is several areas. During this time, the full task force meet as needed and these meetings replaced several of the Executive Committee meetings. In March 2018, the task force voted to eliminate the Executive Committee and increase the full task force meetings from quarterly to bi-monthly. The by-laws for the task force will be updated to reflect these changes.
The group reviewed current committees, workgroups and activities and agreed that ad-hoc workgroups for each of the following priority areas should be established to replace all the existing workgroups and committees and that the next six months should be used to develop a framework and plans for the next federal grant application which is due May 2018 as follows:
- MDT/CAC Evaluation & Quality Assurance (volunteer lead: Paula Schaffer) This ad-hoc group will develop a plan for how the CT and NCA standards and the MDT evaluation process can be aligned and potentially streamlined and how data is collected and utilized.
- Training (volunteer lead: Margaret Doherty) This ad-hoc group will assess what training is provided both GTF and CCA including Finding Words, Minimal Facts, MDT training; explore sustainability options, and identify training needs and gaps.
- System Gaps & Barriers (volunteer lead: John Leventhal) This ad-hoc group will look at system/service gaps and barriers as well practice fidelity issues (e.g., forensic interviewers, medical interviews, etc.) that have been previously brought to GTF; develop a systemic process for GTF to discuss and track system gaps/barriers on a regular basis and; identify strategies for GTF to develop a common policy platform or agenda.
- Child Fatality Response (volunteer lead: Faith Vos Winkel) This ad-hoc group will explore the potential of a developing a local pilot and a plan for implementation.
The primary focus of this committee is to identify needs and gaps in training, develop a plan to meet the training needs of the multiple disciplines involved in Connecticut teams and throughout the system, and award financial reimbursement for those wishing to attend training. The committee is chaired by Elizabeth Leaming, BS, JD Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Judicial District of Tolland and Kristen M. Clark, GTFJAC Coordinator. The training committee works with an established annual budget and added Finding Words and Minimal Facts as sub-committees.
Governor's Task Force on Justice for Abused Children
331 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114
Tammy Sneed, Director of the Office of Human Trafficking Services
Department of Children and Families
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(A) individuals representing the law enforcement community;(B) judges and attorneys involved in both civil and criminal court proceedings related to child abuse and neglect (including individuals involved with the defense as well as the prosecution of such cases);(C) child advocates, including both attorneys for children and, where such programs are in operation, court appointed special advocates;(D) health and mental health professionals;(E) individuals representing child protective service agencies;(F) individuals experienced in working with children with disabilities;(G) parents;(H) representatives of parents' groups;(I) adult former victims of child abuse or neglect; and(J) individuals experienced in working with homeless children and youths (as defined in section 11434a of this title).
(2) Existing task force
(1) review and evaluate State investigative, administrative and both civil and criminal judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, including child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as cases involving suspected child maltreatment related fatalities and cases involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal; and(2) make policy and training recommendations in each of the categories described in subsection (e) of this section.
The task force may make such other comments and recommendations as are considered relevant and useful.