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 Six Guiding Principles of Trauma-Informed Care from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Ohio's TIC Initiative Overview

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. 

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What does it mean for a ministry to be "trauma-informed?" There is a growing trend in education, mental health, social services, and health care: becoming trauma-informed. For those in ministry, “trauma informed” can be a confusing phrase, bringing up images we might not naturally associate with the church and its mission and ministry.

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Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood The brain is an organ that adapts in both short- and long-term ways to its environment, and prevention science over the past few decades has shown clearly that a person’s early experiences during the first few years of life and even prenatally can have an enormous impact on an individual’s later risk or resilience for drug abuse and related psychiatric conditions. Thus NIDA is proud to announce the latest in our series of evidence-based guides for practitioners and researchers

Trauma-Informed Organizational Assessment Tools The San Francisco Bay Area Trauma-Transformed (T2) regional center put together this grid of trauma-informed organizational assessment tools to assist with the beginning stages of transformation

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Trauma and the Courts

The Supreme Court of Ohio held a Trauma and the Courts Forum On April 1. 2016.  The focus of the Forum was to discuss the neuroscience and continuum of trauma, including how it impacts the nervous system and manifests itself in adjustment issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma, and co-occurring diagnoses such as substance use disorder and traumatic brain injury.

The Forum helped participants to recognize, design and implement policies, practices and strategies of trauma-informed courts, including how to set up a trauma-competent courtroom, identify evidence-based trauma treatment, verify use of evidence-based trauma treatment, and establish trauma competent functions and structures.

Brian L. Meyer, Ph.D., Interim Associate Chief, Mental Health Services/ Supervisory Psychologist, McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia was the keynote presenter.

See resources below:

Becoming a Trauma Sensitive Court

Trauma, Complex Trauma and Co-Morbid Problems

Signs and Symptoms - Secondary Trauma