Merced's Only Intervention Center Closes

3/28/2008 Fresno, CA The board president for "A Woman's Place" said it will shut down on June 30th because of budget cuts and financial problems.

Bob Rucker said the board discovered the problems after the center's executive director, Diana Almanza, was arrested twice last year for driving under the influence. Almanza was placed on administrative leave, and the board took over management of the non-profit.

Rucker said the agency is now working with the State Office of Emergency Services to make sure victims can still find help. "We've been assured by O.E.S. that the services will never go away and the money will not go away from Merced County. So it's a matter of selecting a new agency to take over the services," said Rucker.

Rucker said the state will have a new agency available to victims by July first so there will be no lapse in services.

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