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Wharton discusses MSARC's future at closed-door meeting

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton and other officials met at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library Thursday to discuss the future of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center. 

MSARC will soon become a county-run agency, following a series of mishaps and alleged mismanagement while under city control.
The media was not allowed inside Thursday's meeting, but the mayor held a press conference afterwards.

"I don't know whether you can tell by the look on my face, but it's been one of the most intense, draining meetings I've been in all of my public life," said Wharton. "We are being particularly vigilant during this transition period that nobody falls through the cracks."
Many officials and citizens are concerned about the decision to divide services between MSARC and LeBonheur Children's Medical Center based on the ages of the victims.
"It has certainly caused a lot of controversy," said MSARC Manager Betty Winter.
She says she wonders if the changes were merely a hasty response to public outcry.
"I don't know if I'd call it a mistake. Sometimes it's just a matter of being one way of doing things and another way of doing things," she said.
Bringing all services back under one roof is just one of the changes the county considers as it takes over control of the agency.  
"Whatever it takes to get the services to the patients and meet the highest of standards," said Wharton.
A community advisory board for MSARC is in the works, and the mayor plans to hold another meeting in 30 days. 


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