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Ohio's Trauma-Informed Care Initiative

The Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Developmental Disabilities (DODD) collaborate on a statewide Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Initiative intended to promote a greater sense of safety, security and equality among consumers/clients. TIC is an approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in people’s lives. TIC means that every part of an organization or program understands the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve and adopts a culture that considers and addresses this impact. Working through six Regional Collaboratives, the initiative will expand opportunities for Ohioans to receive trauma-informed interventions by enhancing efforts for practitioners, facilities and agencies to become competent in trauma-informed practices. 

What's New


This is the fourth year for the Trauma-Informed Care Summit sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of the summit is to promote the recognition of trauma as a public health concern and its impact on the emotional and physical well-being of individuals. We recognize the importance of implementation of theory to practice, sustainability and collaboration across all human services systems.

Online registration is provided through the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies

Day 1 Overview – Trauma Competent Care – May 1, 2017

Keynote by Dr. Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, author of Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse. Dr. Najavits is a nationally known researcher, lecturer and instructor in the field of trauma informed care. She was also the chair of SAMHSA’s Consensus Panel that developed TIP 57. This will be followed by a panel of persons with lived experience who will share their personal stories. After lunch, two sessions of eight various topical workshops will be offered and led by Ohio’s trauma informed care champions.

Day 2 Overview – Helping the Helpers: Workforce Resilience – May 2, 2017

The program will kick off with a keynote address, Through My Eyes, by a person with lived experience, followed by Dr. Kenneth Yeager, Director of Ohio State’s The STAR (Stress, Trauma and Resilience) Program. Dr. Yeager is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University. His focus will be on: Build Resilience: Individual Response to Workplace Stressors



Presentations from 2016 TIC Summit

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TIC Principles

Neurobiology of Trauma

Click the image above to view a video of the presentation by Dr. Brian Simms at the Third Annual Ohio Trauma Informed Care Summit, June 22, 2016.

Lived Experience Panel

Click the image to view panelists with lived experience sharing their stories during the Third Annual Ohio Trauma Informed Care Summit, June 22, 2016