The Strength Builders Child and Adolescent Trauma Center of Youth Health Service, Inc. was developed in 2005 to serve children and adolescents aged two to 18 and their families who have experienced complex trauma in a three-county area of rural Appalachia. Since its inception, these services have expanded to incorporate a large rural area covering five counties in North Central West Virginia, to include young adults through age 24 years who have experienced intimate partner violence, and to expand trauma treatment and services in school settings in addition to traditional outpatient clinics. The program works collaboratively with a wide variety of child-serving agencies in this region to maximize the treatment opportunities for children and youth and their families who have experienced trauma. The philosophy of this program can be inferred from its title. Strength Builders recognizes that all children, teens, families, and communities have strengths that can be built upon as they move from trauma to recovery.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Youth Health Service, Inc. Strength Builders
Youth Network Council dba Illinois Collaboration on Youth, Trauma-Informed Youth Services Initiative
Youth Network Council DBA Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) is a network of over 60 providers and advocates serving children and youth in Illinois. As a positive force and collective voice for young people, ICOY keeps children and youth safe, healthy, and on the path to a positive adulthood.
Since 2009, ICOY was the lead agency for the Trauma-Informed Youth Service Initiative (TIYSI) funded through SAMHSA until 2016. During this initiative, ICOY partnered with community-based service providers across the state and worked to build the capacity of over 30 youth service providers. TIYSI focused on three populations of youth aged 9–17: youth at elevated risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system, youth re-entering communities after incarceration, and youth in military families. Using the evidence-based therapeutic intervention Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), the TIYSI program served over 1,000 youth during the four-year project period. Additionally, during the project, ICOY provided trauma-informed training and capacity-building services to the grassroots and community-based agencies that comprise the statewide youth service system, which enhanced organizational structures through development of policies, procedures, training, evaluation, and governance.
Today, ICOY continues to offer trauma-informed capacity building services to providers and communities across the state. At the same time, ICOY mobilizes research in adolescent brain development and the effects of adverse childhood experiences to bring an understanding of trauma to state institutions and policy makers, advocates, and community members who work with youth.
Zammerelli, Lucy, MA, NCACII, CADCIII
Lucy Zammarelli supervises Trillium’s behavioral health department and serves as Health Equity Officer. She has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Temple University. She has worked in the behavioral health field for over 17 years providing services and supervision in substance abuse and mental health treatment in the clinical setting with a focus on childhood trauma, substance abuse treatment, and family recovery.