During the 1990's, the Quad City community recognized a lack of access to medical services related to child abuse assessments. Despite the fact that the Quad Cities had 39 pediatricians, physically and / or sexually abused children were being sent an hour and a half away to Cedar Rapids or Peoria for medical attention, or worse yet, not being seen at all. Since 2001, Dr. Barbara Harre had been able to devote her further training and practice activities to meeting this need. Established in 2006, the Child Protection Response Center (CPRC) is part of the multidisciplinary protection response team in Scott County. This team is comprised of law enforcement, prosecution, child protection (DHS/DCFS) and medical team members. Our goal is to be able to mobilize a coordinated response to address a child and families concern when a child is being maltreated.
In February 2010, Dr. Harre became board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the sub specialty of child neglect and maltreatment.
In 2015, Child Protection Response Center became an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance.
Realizing the mental and emotional tool that occurs in maltreatment, Dr. Harre has tailored her practice to continuing to care for children and families long after a trauma has occurred. Her philosophy is not simply treating the immediate trauma, but to deliver a continuation of care that goes well beyond a one-time visit. In doing so, Dr. Harre realized the staggering lack of mental healthcare for children and teenagers in the area and extended her mission to fill this gap as well.
Statistically, with 74,000 children in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas, there are, on average, 14,800 children (1 in 5) dealing with a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. Compare that to the 6 child and adolescent psychiatrists in the area and the lack of mental and behavioral health resources is clear.
In 2018, Dr. Harre added a second physician, Dr. Richard Blunk, to CPRC to focus on the ever expanding mental and behavioral health needs in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. The physicians at CPRC have extensive training to assess, diagnose, and treat pediatric behavioral health concerns such as childhood depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorders and aggression. Their training includes providing specific diagnoses utilizing diagnostic tools, selection of appropriate medication(s), monitoring improvement and identifying and minimizing side effects.