Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources

Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Technical Assistance Center on Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University and JBS International, Inc. collaborated to develop a resource tool that would support state and local decision makers, administrators, system of care coordinators, providers, parents, and youth and family advocates to become more trauma informed.

The tool includes video interviews, issue briefs, key resources, and weblinks that will be updated monthly to keep up with new developments in the field. It also includes an 8-module resource tool that addresses topics such as:

  • Understanding the impact of trauma
  • Trauma-informed child-serving systems
  • Creating trauma-informed provider organizations
  • Evidence-based treatments addressing trauma
  • Youth and family perspectives on trauma-informed care

Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-informed Approach

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint (NCTIC), which provides training, technical assistance, and resources to behavioral health provider agencies and state agencies. It recently released the Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-informed Approach, which provides a framework to assist agencies and systems in developing a trauma-informed approach.

A free copy can be downloaded here.

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)

Since its establishment by the Washington State legislature in 1983, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) has been implementing non-partisan research that has implications for public policy. While the WSIPP responds directly to their legislature, their reports have relevance to the NC Practice Improvement Collaborative, in that they not only identify prevention interventions, but they also provide policy implications, including cost-benefit analyses. All four reports can be downloaded from their website:

For additional information, contact Catherine Nicolai at catherine.nicolai@wsipp.wa.gov or 360/586-2769.