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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?

A new SAMHSA report highlights the correlation of exposure to traumatic events, the occurrence of post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), and negative health and behavioral health outcomes. This report was developed from a study on the characteristics of adults exposed to potentially traumatic events (PTEs) and adults who had PTSS, and their association with health and behavioral health conditions.

Behavioral Health Equity: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ​​​​​(LGBT) Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.  http://www.samhsa.gov/behavioral-health-equity/lgbt (2016)

Trauma-Informed Approaches for LGBTQ Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Contains a set or preliminary practice observations from the field, which are intended to inform the development of atrium-informed transformative justice approach to LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV)  (2016).

Trauma-Informed Approaches for LGBTQ Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Practice Observations Literature review that sets the context for thinking about trauma-informed practice (TIP) for the LGBTQ communities (2016).

Trauma-Informed Approach and Trauma-Specific Interventions SAMHSA aims to reduce the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout behavioral health systems. For more information, visit SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Approach and Trauma-Specific Interventions webpage.

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Responding to Community Trauma
The emotional toll from the mass shootings in Orlando and Ohio recently continue to resonate both locally and throughout the state.  Following a tragedy of this magnitude, mental health support can make a substantial difference in beginning to heal a traumatized community.  SAMHSA has tools and resources to support survivors, community members, responders, and behavioral health providers to foster recovery and resiliency.

Tips for Survivors Managing Stress

Tips for Survivors Coping With Grief After Community Violence

Tips for Disaster Responders Understanding Compassion Fatigue

Tips for Disaster Responders Preventing and Managing Stress\

Tips for Disaster Responders Returning to Work

Tips for Families of Returning Disaster Responders: Adjusting to Life at Home

Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers