Anna -- Today
marks a new beginning for children in Southern Illinois. In an effort
to better help victims of child abuse and neglect in the southern section
of the state, a partnership between Southern Illinois University School
of Medicine and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
has resulted in the creation of the Children's Medical Resource Network
Children's Medical Resource Network, which was developed from recommendations
presented by the Illinois Children's Justice Task Force, will provide
comprehensive medical assessments, diagnosis, treatment and documentation
of child sexual and physical abuse in children from birth through age
17. Funding has been made possible through the Children's Justice renewable
federal grant from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Dr. Deanne St. Germain has been selected as the medical director for CMRN
and is guaranteed to provide top-notch guidance and leadership to all
physicians and nurses involved. Dr. St. Germain is an osteopathic family
physician and is the outpatient medical director for Union County Hospital.
She is also an assistant professor at SIU and chairs the Child Death Review
Team in the Marion area. Dr. St. Germain received medical training for
child sexual abuse at Cardinal Glennon Hospital and served on the Governor's
Advisory Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Medical providers located in Carmi, Centreville, Effingham, Mattoon, Metropolis,
Mt. Carmel and Mt. Vernon will be on hand to provide medical support for
signs of abuse to social workers and law enforcement personnel determining
evidence in child abuse cases. Children's Advocacy Centers in seven downstate
locations can consult with the CMRN if they have concerns about children
involved in a child abuse investigation.
Although the service area covers the 45 most southern counties of the
state, an emphasis is being placed on the 34 counties identified in the
DCFS Southern Region.
This team concept is something DCFS is committed to and it will go a long
way toward ensuring the safety of children by meeting the needs of the
abused and neglected in the Southern region of the state. We congratulate
all our partners - physicians, law enforcement officials and our caseworkers
- who have worked hard to make this a reality.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services