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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. 

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Growing Older Providing Integrated Care For An Aging Population
Guides clinicians on the best approaches for providing integrated care to older adults suffering from substance use disorder and mental illness. Explains the importance of assessing clients for cognitive deficits and adapting behavioral interventions..

Using a Trauma-Informed Lens to Help Transform the Child Welfare System
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trategies for approaching secondary traumatic stress (STS) from the Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. Although created for use within child welfare systems, they may be easily adapted into other child-and family-serving organizations.

Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many Leading Causes of Death In Adults (1998)
The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study that found a strong graded relationship between the breadth of exposure to abuse or household dysfunction during childhood and multiple risk factors for several leading causes of death in adults.

Psychiatric diagnoses, trauma, and suicidality
This study examined the associations between psychiatric diagnoses, trauma and suicidality in psychiatric patients at intake. Traumatized patients appear to be under- or mis-diagnosed, which could have an impact on the efficiency of treatment.

Effects of Childhood Trauma on Depression and Suicidality in Adulthood
Recent studies demonstrate the far-reaching effects of childhood trauma related to depression and suicidality in adulthood. The evidence to support these associations is presented by Karen Dineen Wagner, MD, PhD, in Psychiatric Times, Nov. 29, 2016.

Presentations from 2016 TIC Summit

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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