to Join SAMHSA in Promoting Trauma-Informed Care

nc-pic-august-2009-3335On August 13, 2009, Kana Enomoto, Acting Deputy Administrator and Acting Associate Administrator for Women’s Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, presented the keynote address at the North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative meeting on Trauma.  Ms. Enomoto stated that the SAMHSA  Acting Administrator, Dr. Eric Broderick has stressed that trauma can affect any citizen at any time and can negatively impact  people’s mental and physical health, resulting in serious life consequences when left untreated.

To address this critical issue, the federal agency supports the development of trauma-informed systems of care for every community.  To illustrate how a trauma-informed system would operate, Ms. Enomoto presented a fictitious case study of services in two cities.  She noted that the most effective outcomes for people are achieved when the operating principles for the services are trauma-focused, person-centered, and recovery-oriented.

SAMHSA is committed to elevating the visibility of the issue and providing helpful tools for states and communities to promote recovery and healing for trauma survivors.  It is working hard to disseminate information about delivering trauma services and setting up demonstration projects that seek new ways to create trauma-informed systems.

In the afternoon, the Acting Deputy Director spent time one-on-one with the members of the NCPIC Mental Health and Substance Abuse Subcommittees.  The members in attendance discussed with Ms. Enomoto their experiences with the implementation of evidence-based practices.

Ms. Enomoto congratulated the members for being leaders that embrace and value evidence-based practices to improve consumer services.  She noted that North Carolina was indeed a national leader in working to advance the use of best practices and programs. She encouraged the NCPIC members to focus on the concept that the best research evidence is also backed by clinical expertise, patient value, and cultural considerations.  The NCPIC members were challenged and invigorated by the encouragement provided by Ms. Enomoto and look forward to new SAMHSA initiatives in this area.

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