Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

Gateway Community Services, Project ETC.: Enhancing Services to Traumatized Children

Funding Period: 
[2008 - 2012]
Description: 
Through Project ETC.: Enhancing Services to Traumatized Children, Gateway Community Services will expand and enhance its trauma-focused services to children living in Northeast Florida who have symptoms of PTSD, or who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event or series of events producing sub-threshold symptoms of PTSD. The children served through Gateway include 1) young children aged 0-12 accompanying their parent to residential substance abuse treatment; 2) adolescent males aged 12-18 under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice and placed in a secure residential program; 3) adolescents aged 12-18 who are in residential treatment for a substance use or co-occurring substance and mental health disorder; and 4) adolescents who are receiving substance abuse outpatient treatment in a community setting. The project plans to serve 120 youth annually (80 the first year) for a total of 440 for the life of the funding. Goals include: 1) implement and evaluate effective trauma-focused and trauma-informed treatment and services for children at Gateway Community Services; 2) facilitate local use of trauma-informed and trauma-focused services in youth serving agencies in Northeast Florida; and 3) promote community awareness of the need for trauma-informed services for children in Northeast Florida.
Contact: 
Karen Tozzi
Phone: 
(904) 587-4661 ext, 1933

Directions for Mental Health, Inc., Healing the Hurt

Funding Period: 
[2002-2005]
Description: 
Directions for Mental Health, Inc. is a community mental health center in Clearwater, Florida, serving children and adolescents, aged birth to 18, who present with mental health symptoms and a history of trauma. Healing the Hurt is a partnership with Hospice of the Florida Suncoast and Family Service Centers, organizations that provide interventions to children and adolescents who have recently experienced trauma related to death or serious illness of a family member, or from sexual assault. Healing the Hurt works closely with the local school board, Safe Start Initiative, and the juvenile justice system; and participates in a replication of the Child Development-Community Policing program. In addition to expanding services and improving access, Healing the Hurt focuses on increasing community awareness of the effects of trauma on children and on training other providers in the region.
Contact: 
John Clare
Phone: 
(727) 547-4566
Funding Period: 
[2002 - 2005]
Description: 
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a nonprofit agency that has been providing mental health services to children and families since 1977. The Wendt Center serves people throughout the Washington D.C., metropolitan area who have experienced the death of a loved one or are living with life-threatening illness. Individual counseling, grief support groups, a summer grief camp for children, and training for mental health professionals are at the heart of the Wendt Center services. The Wendt Center started the D.C. Homicide Coalition in the city and now operates the D.C. Crisis Response Team, which has more than seventy volunteers and responds to all homicides. In 1999 the Wendt Center created the first program in the United States to provide on-site grief counseling to families who must visit the city morgue to identify a deceased loved one. Through this work the Wendt Center has developed an expertise in serving children from families who have experienced a traumatic death.
Contact: 
Michelle Palmer
Phone: 
(202) 204-5019

Delaware Child Traumatic Stress Center

Funding Period: 
[2005 - 2009]
Description: 

Through the Delaware Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health (DPBHS-recipient of the Child Traumatic Stress Center grant), the state's Children's Department expands statewide capacity to identify and assess child traumatic stress and increases access to effective, community-based, trauma-specific treatment for traumatized children and adolescents served by the public children's behavioral health, child welfare/protection and juvenile justice systems. DPBHS collaborates locally with families, providers, schools, the family court, and others to increase its capability to identify, assess, and effectively treat children with traumatic stress. As an established, statewide provider and community-education program, DPBHS facilitates the transfer of best practice across Delaware, advancing the goal to make evidence-based child trauma treatment available to children with traumatic stress in Delaware and their families.

Through a subsequent SAMHSA Child Mental Health Initiative grant (2009 – 2014), DPBHS continues to support TF-CBT, particularly for use with very young children, and is disseminating Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) statewide, further increasing access to evidence-based treatment. In addition, DPBHS now offers Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, Teacher Child Interaction Training (TCIT) and CARE (Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement, 6 hr. workshop for non-clinicians).

Contact: 
Julie Leusner
Phone: 
(302) 633-2599

Colorado Judicial Branch, Denver Juvenile Probation Department

Funding Period: 
[2009-2012]
Description: 
Through the Identifying Child and Youth Trauma in the Court System Project, Denver Juvenile and Family Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities and the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect will develop and implement a standard protocol to identify, screen, assess, and treat children and adolescents who have been exposed to trauma and who are children of a court-involved, substance-abusing parent. The project will serve a target population of 200 Denver families with children and youth aged 4-17, as part of a comprehensive prevention and intervention approach for families involved in the city's justice system. Services to the target population—55% Latino, 20% African American, 23% Anglo, and 2% other—will include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to treat trauma and trauma-related symptoms. The project will also work collaboratively in Denver and across the Network to develop and promote effective practices and services including trainings for and collaboration with Denver's treatment, law enforcement, and justice communities.
Contact: 
Lilas Rajaee-Moore
Phone: 
(720) 913-4248

Mental Health Center of Denver, Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver – Trauma Treatment Project

Funding Period: 
[2010 - 2012 and 2001 - 2005]
Description: 

The Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver - Trauma Treatment Project (GRID-TTP) in Denver, Colorado, will target youth aged 11-17, primarily African American and Latino/Latina, who are gang involved or at risk of gang involvement, and who reside in three Northeast Denver neighborhoods with high rates of community, domestic, and gang-related violence. GRID-TTP will be part of a citywide effort to reduce gang violence and to address the impact of this violence on city residents, especially Denver's youth. The project, implemented by a consortium of Denver government, community, and faith-based agencies, led by the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), is based on the Comprehensive Gang Model developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. GRID-TTP will deliver two primary interventionsCognitive Behavioral Interventions in Schools (CBITS) and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)in three middle school, one high school, and five recreation/community centers in the targeted Denver neighborhoods. During the two-year project period, 140 unduplicated youth will be served, some of whom, along with their families, will be referred to other MHCD services.

Prior funding to the Mental Health Center of Denver supported the Family Trauma Treatment Program, which providd access for low-income children and families to community mental health services through a network of more than thirty locations throughout the Denver area. The program improved services and treatment for children who experienced trauma by implementing and evaluating evidence-based interventions in a variety of community settings including schools, shelters, juvenile detention centers, day care centers, and neighborhood clinics.

Contact: 
Lynn Garst
Phone: 
(303) 504-6560

University of California, Davis, UC Davis - PCIT Training Center

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012]
Description: 
The UC Davis - PCIT Training Center project will further the dissemination of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by developing and testing a web course (PCITWeb) designed to inform professionals who may want to acquire and/or enhance PCIT skill involvement. The center will also develop a Learning Collaborative that focuses on the use of PCIT with young traumatized children and their families; and will create several products to enhance and support clinicians' use of PCIT in a broad range of settings (e.g., community mental health centers, private practice, in-home services providers). Three pathways will be used to disseminate knowledge and skills related to the application of PCIT: 1) create a 10-hour culturally competent web course for mental health providers who serve traumatized children and their families; 2) enroll ten agencies in PCIT Competency Achievement Training to deliver PCIT services and train them to use the 10-hour web courses in their communities; and 3) develop PCIT products that will support the effective use of PCIT. These objectives will be achieved through extensive collaboration with NCTSN members, and will include formation of a PCIT Learning Collaborative, a PCIT Workgroup, and a PCIT Family Consumer group.
Contact: 
Anthony Urquiza
Phone: 
(916) 734-7833

Children’s Hospital LA, Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Funding Period: 
[2009 - 2012 and 2005 - 2009]
Description: 

The Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth is using knowledge about trauma to transform service delivery to homeless youth ages 13 - 21 in the Hollywood community. This work includes the implementation of evidence-based and practice-based clinical treatment; the development, implementation, and evaluation of trauma-informed services; and capacity building activities directed at direct care and clinical staff. The Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the lead agency and is collaborating with five community Agencies—Covenant House California, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, the Los Angeles Youth Network, My Friend's Place, and the Saban Free Clinic—and other agencies within the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership.

Approximately 300 youth per year receive service, ranging from case management and wellness groups in drop-in centers to intensive clinical treatment in shelters and transitional living programs. Hundreds more young people are affected by the policy and program changes that have been implemented since our inception. Approximately 25 percent of the youth served are minors (17 years of age and younger) and 60 percent are young men; the majority are youth of color. Approximately 40% of homeless youth are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. In addition to the work done to improve local services for homeless youth, the Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth is developing products and training curricula (including web-based training) and is partnering with national technical assistance organizations to transform services for homeless youth nationally.

Contact: 
Arlene Schneir
Phone: 
(323) 361-3901
Address: 

1844 South Pontiac Way
Denver, CO 80224

Work: 
(303) 757-2930
Description: 

Frank Bennett was director of Children's Services at Aurora Mental Health Center in Aurora, Colorado, for twenty years before retiring in 2006. He served as project director of the NCTSN site at Aurora for four years. Dr. Bennett continues to be active with the Network, working on the Core Curriculum Project and the Resource Parent Curriculum.

Address: 

Community Care Behavioral Health
1200 Camp Hill Bypass, Suite 100
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Work: 
(717) 731-3633
Fax: 
(866) 418-0366
Email: 
Description: 

Karen Mallah was project director for the Mental Health Center of Denver's Family Trauma Treatment Program, an NCTSN grantee. Dr. Mallah now works as a behavioral health consultant on the Mercer Government Human Services Consulting team. She remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on expanding evidence-based and culturally competent trauma treatment for diverse youth and families.

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