Reducing the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout health, behavioral health, and related systems and addressing the behavioral health needs of people involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA's Roles and Actions 2011 – 2014 (PDF 778KB)
Read about SAMHSA's Working Definition of Trauma and Principles and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach.
HHS MULTI-AGENCY EFFORTS
The Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and SAMHSA have provided guidance on the integrated use of trauma-focused screening, functional assessments and evidence-based practices (EBPs) to improve the wellbeing of children and families who have experienced trauma.
Read more about this initiative on Secretary Sebelius's blog.
Read the guidance in PDF format on Medicaid.gov.
GROUNDBREAKING FEDERAL INTERAGENCY REPORT ON WOMEN AND TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES
You are invited to download a groundbreaking report, Trauma-informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives—the second and highly anticipated Working Document Report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma.
Completed on September 30, 2013, the report documents the projects, programs, and initiatives of more than three dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices—one of the largest interagency collaborations in federal government history. With agencies' commitment to implementing gender-responsive, trauma-informed approaches, this report addresses the growing national interest in this issue, the work of the Federal Partners Committee, and the specific progress that participating agencies have made over the past three years (2010-2013), since the Committee's publication of its first report in 2011. This new report, developed with support from SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, clearly demonstrates the application of trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems and encourages other governmental and nongovernmental agencies to implement a cross-sector, interagency, inter-systems' realization, recognition, and response to trauma.
Download the report from the National Institute of Corrections website.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
- Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse: coordinates tribal substance abuse programs across the federal government as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) of 2010.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network - dedicated to improving access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
- National Center on Substance Abuse & Child Welfare - dedicated to improving systems and practice for families with substance abuse disorders who are involved in child welfare and family judicial systems by assisting local, state and tribal agencies.
- National Center for Trauma Informed Care - dedicated to building awareness of trauma-informed care and promoting the implementation of trauma-informed practices in programs and services.
- GAINS Center – promoting effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders in contact with the justice system.
- Safe Schools/Healthy Students – a grant-making program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation's youth, schools, and communities.
- Alternatives to Seclusion & Restraint – our efforts to reduce and eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint practices for all age groups in institutional and community-based behavioral health care settings.
- Disaster Response - practical advice and resources on how to deal with the effects disasters can have on your physical and mental health.
- Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) - provide resources to prepare States, territories, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance abuse response during disasters.
Last updated: 04/14/2014