[2009 - 2012 and 2005 - 2009]
As a Community Treatment and Services Center since 2005, the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center (DTIRC) has trained mental health center clinicians in evidence-based practices for traumatized adolescents and has disseminated these practices to each of the ten lead community mental health centers in New Hampshire. Refunding will enable DTIRC to establish the New Hampshire Bridge Project, which will integrate trauma treatment services across several state systems that serve New Hampshire youth and families who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. The Bridge Project targets three care systems of key importance in the lives of abused and at-risk children: child protective services (New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth & Families), juvenile justice (New Hampshire Division for Juvenile Justice Services), and the judicial branch (New Hampshire Judicial Branch Family Division). DTIRC will provide statewide training for approximately three hundred key personnel in principles of trauma-informed services. And to increase statewide capacity to treat traumatized children, DTIRC will train forty-two providers in evidence-based practices congruent with state division goals, staffing, and population characteristics. Division personnel, including nonclinicians, will also become conversant with evidence-based trauma treatment options. Initial steps will involve needs assessments, education, and evaluation of progress toward enhancing trauma-sensitive services. DTIRC staff will prioritize service coordination and follow case disposition and treatment progress, as these children often move back and forth multiple times among divisions, residential placements, and treatment providers. Emphasis will be on collaboration among service providers, divisions, families, and communities as well as on strength-based, resiliency-oriented interventions.