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CMHS Creates National Center for Trauma Informed Care
February 9, 2007

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has promoted the integration of trauma informed care into service delivery programs for children and adults. This has been most evident in the Alternatives to Coercive Techniques initiative. Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) announced the creation of the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC). The center’s stated goal is “to make the trauma healing and recovery process more supportive, comprehensively integrated, and empowering for trauma survivors through the development and implementation of trauma informed care systems.” NCTIC provides trauma training that is free or low-cost to publicly funded programs and systems. The center also provides education and outreach, a speakers bureau, and topical resources to stimulate and support trauma informed change in service environments to address the trauma experienced by many consumers and survivors.

The NCTIC web site is http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/nctic. The center’s e-newsletter, Trauma Matters, can be received directly by registering an email address at the center’s web site.

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