Ohio

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012]
Description: 

The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children will adapt two evidence-based interventions to serve young children in deployed military families and traumatized adolescents in juvenile justice and residential treatment settings. Both groups include children at risk for or displaying trauma-related problems—such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and/or behavior problems—due to extended parental deployments; and adolescents with complex trauma histories including child maltreatment, and family or community violence. Called A Continuum of Trauma Care: Adapting Evidence-based Practices to Promote Resiliency from Military Families through Juvenile Justice Settings, the program will adapt Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma- and Grief-Focused Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A) for Juvenile Justice Settings (JJSs) and Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs). For each group, the center will provide training protocols and resources, implementation strategies, train-the-trainer toolkits, and a web-based training. Beginning with pilot sites in Ohio (JJS/RTC) and at Fort Hood and Tripler Army Medical Center (military families), scores of children, adolescents, and families will be served in the first year, expanding to directly serving hundreds in years two and three.

 

Contact: 
Frank Putnam
Phone: 
(513) 636-0041

Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, A Regional Center of Excellence

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016]
Description: 

A Regional Center of Excellence (COE) for the Treatment and Study of Adverse Childhood Events will train medical and mental health providers of child services to treat traumatized children in their communities in a nine-county region of northeast Ohio. Using trauma-informed and trauma-focused care, the training will prepare communities to screen, assess, and treat traumatized children. Screening for adverse childhood events (ACE) will also be implemented at targeted points of entry into Akron Children's Hospital’s continuum of care. Children who have been exposed to ACEs will be referred for trauma-focused care in their own communities. This therapeutic web is expected to reach a total of 95,900 children/professionals in the region during the grant period through training, screening, assessment, and/or treatment.

Contact: 
Patricia Seifert
Phone: 
(330) 543-8960
Address: 
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
4641 Fulton Drive North West
Canton, OH 44718
Work: 
(303) 433-6075 ext.166
Fax: 
(303) 433-1843
Description: 

Jacquelyn Pidruzny was involved at the Cullen Center of Toledo Children's Hospital for two years during her graduate training in clinical child psychology. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, where she focuses her efforts on clinical practice and disseminating information on effective treatment of trauma in early childhood and children with autism spectrum disorders. She is eager to participate in numerous NCTSN activities related to these populations.

Address: 

Adopt America Network
1500 North Superior Street, Suite 303
Toledo, OH 43604

Work: 
(419) 726-5100
Description: 

Tanya Toyer previously worked as a Clinical Counselor for St.Vincent Mercy Medical Center where she provided integrated mental health services into primary health care services for children, adolescents and their families.  In addition, she provided integrated mental health services into health care services for substance exposed newborns and their mothers, women who experienced postpartum depression and PTSD symptoms and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  Also, Ms. Toyer previously worked for The Toledo Children’s Hospital (Cullen Center) as a Clinical Counselor.  Her responsibilities were to provide mental health services for traumatized children and their families.  Currently, Ms. Toyer works for Adopt America Network as the Director of Social Work and Counseling Services.  Ms. Toyer continues to provide evidenced-based trauma treatment for children and families.  Currently, Ms. Toyer serves as an affiliate member to the NCTSN Child Welfare Committee.

Address: 
3873 Carlotta Street
Grove City, OH 43123
Work: 
(614) 466-1984
Fax: 
(614) 466-1571
Email: 
Description: 

Marla Himmeger initially participated in NCTSN activities through the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. She has been involved in organizing Ohio's Childhood Trauma Task Force and continues to participate in NCTSN activities.

Address: 

Valko and Associates
3130 Executive Parkway, 8th Floor
Toledo, OH 43606

Work: 
(419) 720-9000
Mobile: 
(419) 944-4602
Fax: 
(419) 720-9002
Description: 

Kristine Buffington was project director of the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. She is now working with Valko and Associates.  She remains active on the NCTSN Juvenile Delinquency Committee and is active on the Ohio Department of Mental Health Child Trauma Task Force.

Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons

Funding Period: 
[2002 - 2005 and 2007 - 2011]
Description: 

The Children Who Witness Violence Program

The Children Who Witness Violence Program and the Transforming Care for Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare program are both projects of Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons, Inc. (MHS) in Cleveland, Ohio. The Children Who Witness Violence Program provides immediate, 24-hour trauma-response services to children and families who have been referred by police officers from participating communities in the greater Cleveland area. Police officers refer families who are involved in domestic or community violence. A crisis intervention specialist is assigned to the family, makes contact with them within an hour or two, and schedules an initial visit to stabilize the situation and provide immediate trauma intervention. Children are referred to therapy if needed.

Transforming Care for Traumatized Children is a collaborative project between MHS and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) of Cuyahoga County. MHS staff is conducting assessments for 600 children annually aged 4 to 18 believed to be at risk for traumatic stress disorders and is providing evidence-based interventions for 400 of the children. MHS is also training DCFS staff and supervisors to help them integrate trauma-informed practices into their work.

 

Contact: 
Rosemary Creeden
Phone: 
(216) 274-3566

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012]
Description: 
Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH), the largest provider of mental health services to children and adolescents in central Ohio, will create a program [WB2]for children and adolescents who have experienced severe psychiatric disorders and complex trauma. A trauma-informed service system will be developed, which will enable more youth in the target population to receive evidence-based treatment. Goals are to: 1) provide training and technical support in trauma-informed services and evidence-based treatment to 125 administrators and providers from ten child and family servicing agencies; 2) serve 675 youth/families (including a large number of Medicaid clients and African American families), implementing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) mediation treatment, and care management; 3) find local resources to assist in securing the region's commitment to implementing these practices; and 4) systematically study the need for cultural adaptations to these treatment approaches and implement these adaptations if warranted.
Contact: 
Jack Stevens
Phone: 
(614) 355-2921

Cullen Center of Toledo Children’s Hospital

Funding Period: 
[2005 - 2009 and 2001 - 2005]
Description: 

The Cullen Center for Children, Adolescents, and Families provides field-tested and evidence-based, multisensory, trauma-focused therapies to help traumatized youth and their families reduce trauma symptoms, maximize their daily functioning, and restore their abilities to develop and enjoy healthy interpersonal relationships. Serving northwest Ohio, the center offers clinic-based services for youth and families exposed to any type of trauma including community violence, child abuse, traumatic loss, serious illness and injuries, and witnessing domestic violence. Through an outreach program, the center serves youth in the juvenile justice system who have been exposed to trauma and charged with domestic violence. An additional outreach program, funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, provides assessment and trauma-focused treatment to families with infants and young children who are exposed to domestic violence. Through its educational, advocacy, and abuse-prevention work, the center helps develop the community's capacity to respond to the needs of children and families exposed to trauma.

Consumers, families, and survivors work in partnership with the center—offering their input at all phases of planning, program development, service provision, evaluation, and community advocacy. Training, support, and other resources are shared with clinical professionals nationwide, so that youth and families exposed to trauma can access evidence-based, trauma-focused services locally, across Ohio, and in other regions of the United States.

Contact: 
Adrienne Fricker-Elhai
Phone: 
(419) 291-7919
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