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CHAM Renames Its Child Abuse Program

CHAM officially renamed its Child Abuse Program to the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Center for Children and Families at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. The renaming calls attention to the continuing epidemic of child abuse and Montefiore’s deep commitment to treatment and prevention.

For more than 30 years, a dedicated team of experts at CHAM has been evaluating, treating, and preventing child abuse and neglect, with a focus on minimizing trauma and maximizing safety. The newly named J.E. and Z.B. Butler Center for Children and Families will continue that commitment to family-centered care by providing a safe place for children and families to heal, and will enhance the focus on evidence-based therapies for children, specifically addressing trauma.

The medical team offers diagnostic evaluations and treatment, while the behavioral health team offers a full array of mental health services with a particular expertise in trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other interventions to address neglect, exposure to violence, and physical and sexual abuse. The team also offers a special group treatment program for school-age children with problematic sexual behaviors as well as their caregivers.

“I am proud to lead a devoted team on the front lines of providing care and support to young victims of abuse and neglect,” said Linda Cahill, MD, Medical Director, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Center for Children and Families. “Together with our community partners we strive to improve the quality of lives of children and their families through our comprehensive services at the Center.”

The J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation has been a long-time supporter of programs at Montefiore. Created in 1954, it remains a living legacy to Zella and Jack Butler and their deep commitment to the New York community. The Foundation supports life-enhancing opportunities for at-risk and underserved individuals and families through partnerships with community-based organizations.

“Over the years we have become known for our compassionate approach to caring for children who have endured traumatizing experiences,” said Lynn D. Hamberg, LMSW, MEd, Acting Director, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Center for Children and Families. “Each year more than 1,000 families come through our doors and we are proud to continue improving the lives of vulnerable children under our new name.”

For more information about the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Center for Children and Families at CHAM, visit: