New center gives technical support to communities for youth well-being

University Park, Pa. — The Penn State Prevention Research Center (PRC) has opened its new Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center, created to support the PRC's continuing efforts to work with Commonwealth agencies and Pennsylvania communities to promote the well-being of children, youth and families and reduce violence and delinquency through tested and effective programs.

EPIS Center is funded for four years at about $3.6 million by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and the state Department of Public Welfare.

"This is a strong testament to the commitment of our public officials to address social problems in communities in a way that provides positive outcomes for families with accountable and cost-effective solutions for taxpayers," said Brian Bumbarger, director of EPIS Center.

Over the past 10 years, the PCCD has invested more than $60 million to assist communities in adopting these evidence-based programs. Recent studies by the PRC show that these programs are having a significant impact on reducing delinquency, and represent a $317 million return on the Commonwealth's investment -- delivering strong, positive outcomes for families and youth and providing substantial cost savings for taxpayers.

The EPIS Center was established to provide greater technical support to communities implementing these effective strategies, with the objective of ensuring even better outcomes and cost savings for Pennsylvania in the future.

Mark Greenberg, director of the Prevention Research Center, part of the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, noted, "The support for the EPIS Center signals that Pennsylvania has taken another important step toward ensuring healthy outcomes for children, youth, and families. Penn State takes seriously the mission of integrating research and outreach for Pennsylvania's citizens and is excited to be a partner in this important mission."

Arthur E. Grim, chairman of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, said, "Those of us who are responsible for making decisions that affect the future of our children youth, and families, as well as the communities in which they reside, salute the new EPISCenter. The Prevention Research Center recognizes the importance of promoting strong, evidence-based, outcome-measured programs and the need to provide technical assistance so communities can implement these effective strategies."

The EPIS Center is located at 403 South Allen St., Suite 206, in State College. For more information about the EPIS Center, please call (814) 863-2568 or e-mail EPISCenter@psu.edu.

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Last Updated April 05, 2010