The Center for Child and Family Health's (CCFH) Project Connect: Promoting Recovery from Childhood Trauma will increase access to and improve the quality of trauma-focused treatments and services for children, adolescents, and their families who experience traumatic events. CCFH targets youth from birth to 21 and their families who are affected by trauma and psychosocial adversity.
Project Connect will (1) increase access to and use of trauma treatment in the CCFH outpatient clinic for children and families through use of engagement strategies; (2) provide a more comprehensive array of direct outpatient evidence-based trauma-informed treatments and services for children and adolescents and their caregivers using current treatment models
to reduce trauma and mental health symptoms in 370 children and caregivers annually; (3) enhance screening and assessment of children and their caregivers for the presence of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, serving 1,485 additional children and caregivers annually; (4) provide training on trauma-informed practices to child-serving service systems, training at least 170 professionals, resource parents, and graduate students; (5) enhance sustainability of trauma efforts beyond SAMHSA grant funding by collaborating with NC Division of Social Services, NC Division of Mental Health, and local MCO management to address policy and fiscal opportunities and challenges; and (6) raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, families, and communities locally and nationally through participation in SAMHSA and NCTSN activities (e.g., workgroups, committees, collaborations with TSA and CTS centers) and meet all NOMS and IPP goals. Taken together, these Project Connect activities will benefit 1,855 unduplicated children and caregivers annually, for a total of 9,275 individuals over the course of the project.