CCTASI would not exist without the collaboration and partnership with our state and national level sponsors and affiliates. We work together with our partners to identify needs and gaps related to trauma-focused assessment and service planning, resources on developmental effects of trauma, and application of resources to support work with clinicians and families across service settings.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
CCTASI is a Category 2 Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.The mission of the NCTSN is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
CCTASI is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (SM #061254). Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Congress established the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 1992 to make substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research more accessible. SAMHSA is a public agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for behavioral health are important parts of the health service systems for the community. The services work to improve our health and minimize costs to individuals, families, businesses, and governments. However, people suffering from either substance use and mental disorders, or both, because of their illness are often excluded from the current health care system and instead have to rely on “public safety net” programs. Last year alone, close to 20 million people in need of substance abuse treatment did not receive it. Further, an estimated 11.8 million people reported an unmet need for mental health care. The gap in service to this population unnecessarily jeopardizes the health and wellness of people and causes a ripple effect in costs to American communities.
Mental Health Services and Policy Program at Northwestern
CCTASI is a part of Feinberg’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within the Mental Health Services and Policy Program. The mission of the Mental Health Services & Policy Program (MHSPP) is to provide research, evaluation, outcomes management, technical assistance and training that helps improve the lives of individuals and families that receive publicly funded mental health services.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has, since its inception in 1985 as a research and policy center, focused on a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities. Chapin Hall accomplishes this through policy research—by developing and testing new ideas, generating and analyzing information, and examining policies, programs, and practices across a wide range of service systems and organizations.
Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Violence University of Illinois at Chicago
The UIC Center for Research on Violence aims to better understand and address the problems that violence creates for individuals, families, and communities. The Center explores violence from an ecological perspective, focusing on systems responses and community factors relevant to the maintenance and prevention of violence. This perspective is broad enough to encompass the different theoretical approaches currently used by Center members while also allowing for the broadening of perspectives. To this end, the mission of Center is to create a truly collaborative environment, which promotes the interdisciplinary generation, diffusion, and utilization of knowledge in the study and prevention of violence. In pursuing its mission, the Center undertakes several projects that together create an infrastructure to promote the kinds of interdisciplinary investigations that are needed to have an impact upon the fields of criminal justice, social work, psychology, public health, occupational therapy, African-American studies, gender studies, healthcare, etc. as they relate to violence and its prevention.
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
The Mission of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families is to improve the economic and social well-being of Wisconsin’s children, youth and families. The Department is committed to protecting children and youth, strengthening families, and supporting communities.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
The mission of Illinois DCFS is to protect children who are reported to be abused or neglected and to increase their families’ capacity to safely care for them; provide for the well-being of children in our care; provide appropriate, permanent families as quickly as possible for those children who cannot safely return home; support early intervention and child abuse prevention activities and work in partnerships with communities to fulfill this mission.
Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
The Department of Children’s Services is Tennessee’s public child welfare agency and establishes statewide standards for performance that reflect best practices for child welfare. The Department investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect. We also administer the state’s foster-care system and we work especially hard to find permanency for the children and youth who come into our care, whether that is through reunification or adoption.
Vanderbilt University Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody
The Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (COE) is part of a statewide network funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee to improve the public health by enhancing the quality of services provided to children in or at-risk of entering the Tennessee child welfare or juvenile justice systems. Children and families involved with these child-serving systems are more likely to have developmental, physical or psychiatric disabilities, and to have had adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.
JRA Consulting Ltd.
JRA Consulting, Ltd. was founded in 2003 to provide consulting services focused on the implementation of new practices, particularly as they relate to associated shifts in organizational cultures in child welfare, children’s mental health, and pediatric health care. JRA uses thoughtful facilitation and key aspects of the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) methodology as cornerstones of her work. By bringing together strategic thinking, improvement processes, implementation strategies, small tests of change, active facilitation, and experiential learning, all of those involved in and affected by these systems: consumers, partners, and staff, are able collaborate in their efforts to change, improve, and ultimately transform their systems.
University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Social Work
Our mission at the University of Maryland School of Social Work is to develop practitioners, leaders and scholars to advance the well-being of populations and communities and to promote social justice. As national leaders, we create and use knowledge for education, service innovation, and policy development.
Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute
The Trauma Center is a program of Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a large nonprofit organization dedicated to social justice by offering hope and promise of fulfillment to children, adults, and families who are at risk of not receiving effective services essential to their safety, progress, and/or survival. The Executive Director of the Trauma Center is Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., and the Medical Director and Founder of the Trauma Center is Bessel van der Kolk, MD, who is an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma. The mission of the Trauma Center is to help individuals, families and communities that have been impacted by trauma and adversity to re-establish a sense of safety and predictability in the world, and to provide them with state-of-the-art therapeutic care as they reclaim, rebuild, and renew their lives.
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration aims to develop, finance and compassionately administer programs to provide healthcare and other social services to Hoosiers in need in order to enable them to achieve healthy, self-sufficient and productive lives. FSSA’s vision is to become a high performance, integrated and interdependent agency, leveraging its resources across the continuum of services we provide in order to reliably and consistently serve our customers while acting as astute stewards of the state and federal money provided to us.
Chaddock is on the cutting edge of residential treatment for children who have experienced severe abuse, neglect, or other trauma in their early years of development, and is nationally-respected for the excellent results demonstrated in our Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program (DTAP). Many of the children in this program are adopted by loving families, but the unresolved issues from their early childhood prevent them from forming loving, nurturing relationships. However, three out of four children in this successful program, whose issues were so profound that they were unable to live in a home environment, are able to return home or go to a less restrictive environment (such as living on their own in an apartment) in an average of 18-24 months. Chaddock’s mission is strengthening children and families through innovative trauma and attachment-based services.
The Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training
The Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training serves as a training center and resource for the delivery of evidence-based trauma-informed treatment to children and adolescents across the United States, with an emphasis on youth in residential settings, the majority of whom have been affected by complex trauma. Building on groundwork from previous funding cycles, the Institute partners with local and national agencies and service systems to do the following: (1) intensively train multidisciplinary providers to deliver trauma-informed interventions to youth in residential settings across the United States; (2) develop and disseminate multi-media products (e.g., treatment protocols, fact sheets, workshops, webinars, youth-led videos) and specialized resources for youth, families, and providers in various types of residential settings; and (3) promote sustainability of trauma-informed practices through the development of policies, practices, and procedures that will embed trauma services within residential systems on an organizational level.