The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is made up of processionals from various disciplines who work together throughout the investigation and prosecution of physical and sexual abuse and assault. The MDT, coordinated by Yavapai Family Advocacy Center staff, meets regularly to discuss the progress of each case.
Members of our Multidisciplinary Team include:
- Advocacy center staff
- Law enforcement agencies (including Sheriff’s Department, Police Departments, and Probation Departments)
- Department of Child Safety
- Mental health professionals
- Medical providers
- County Attorney’s Office
The Multidisciplinary Team approach has been widely adopted as a best practice in responding to child sexual abuse in the United States.
Responds to reports of criminal activities; investigates the allegations and makes arrests when appropriate
Responds to reports of child abuse or neglect; investigates the allegations and works to ensure children are safe
Interviews victims of interpersonal crimes, using the Advanced Forensic Interview Training (AFIT) model
Provides medical examinations to victims of physical and sexual abuse or assault
Provides evidence-based, trauma-focused mental health treatment to victims of interpersonal crime
Reviews cases with members of the Multidisciplinary Team and determines when criminal prosecution is appropriate
Provides victims and their families with support and education, and links to community resources