The Carlton County Sexual and Domestic Abuse Program announces that the program will be closing.
The program has been in existence since the mid-1980s and has been funded through the State of Minnesota Office of Justice Programs, the Carlton County United Way, and through a grant from Carlton County. Unfortunately, the primary funder, the Office of Justice Programs, did not renew funding and under their new funding formula, the program is unable to apply for funding again until 2017.
The board of directors has extensively researched other grant opportunities and has inquired into requesting additional funding from the county. However, after speaking with county board members, it became clear that additional funding was unlikely given the current fiscal needs of the county and the extra financial stress generated from the June flooding. After much discussion and consultation with other agencies, the board of directors has decided that closing the program was the only solution.
The board is working with area victim services organizations to ensure a smooth transition of services after its office closes. Victims will be referred to other agencies so that their needs can continue to be met. Details of the date of the closure, as well as specific referral information, will be given in a later press release.