Penn State child abuse research center to open in September

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012, file photo, former Penn State president Graham Spanier enters Harrisburg District court in Harrisburg, Pa., to be arraigned on charges he lied about and concealed child sex abuse allegations involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier earned $2.5 million in severance last year, the school said Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Spanier was forced out of the job after Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges, but remains a tenured faculty member currently on leave. (AP Photo/Jason Minick, File)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Officials say a research center at Penn State University aiming to prevent child abuse and improve treatment should open in a few months.

A university spokeswoman told The Daily Item ( ) the school is targeting September for the opening of the Center for Healthy Children.

The center, which was announced in April, will be supported by nearly $8 million from the National Institutes for Health and more than $3 million from the school.

The program will supplement the university’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, established in response to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The network will continue its work in education and outreach, while the new money will be purely for research.

Penn State made battling child abuse an institutional priority after the former assistant football coach’s arrest and conviction on charges he abused 10 boys, some on campus.