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CASA asks for $4,009 increase from county

April 09, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused Inc. officials (CASA) have asked the Washington County Commissioners for a $4,009 increase for the next fiscal year.

CASA Executive Director Vicki Sadehvandi and CASA Board President Lt. Jack Hall, of the Hagerstown Police Department, discussed the budget needs and services provided by the nonprofit organization at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.

The increase would go toward a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for CASA employees, according to the county's budget.

The county's contribution to CASA would increase from $133,617 from the current year to $137,626 in the next fiscal year if the increase is approved.

CASA provides numerous services, including counseling, shelter, legal advocacy and support services to emotionally, physically and sexually abused persons; displaced homemakers, homeless women; victims of sexual assault or incest and perpetrators of domestic violence.

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"One of the best benefits we have is CASA," said Hall, who said that the Hagerstown Police Department makes 1.8 domestic violence arrests a day.

Sadehvandi said CASA serves about 100 people a month.

In fiscal year 2002, CASA received 2,414 new clients, answered 21,474 hotline calls, sheltered 1,070 children and provided 18,137 counseling services, among other services.

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