Brooklyn Action for Child and Teen Success (Brooklyn-ACTS) is a program of The Family Center focusing on building agency and community capacity to identify and treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children ages 5-18. In collaboration with the CARES Institute, Brooklyn ACTS trains and certifies therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and provides the intervention to children and adolescents residing in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Brooklyn, NY. The program aims to build sustainable capacity within the agency and with our central Brooklyn community partners to increase on-going access to evidenced-based, trauma-focused treatment and services for minority children who experience or witness traumatic events. These severely traumatized children exhibit significant emotional or behavioral difficulties related to one or more traumatic life events, including complex trauma. Clinicians, clinical supervisors, directors, and community partners are trained in TF-CBT, an evidenced-based intervention that effectively treats trauma symptoms in children, adolescents, and their parents. The program also assesses for common barriers to retention in behavioral health services and provides care management to address these barriers. Our integrated approach reflects our philosophy that comprehensive trauma-informed, culturally congruent treatment and person-centered care management helps create meaningful and sustained improvements in mental health and overall functioning. Trauma education and outreach to community partners enhances community partner capacity to identify and refer children whose behavior/symptoms suggest possible traumatic stress.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Family Center, Inc.
Family Service of Rhode Island, Inc., Children's Treatment and Recovery Center
The Children's Treatment and Recovery Center (CTRC) is aligned with SAMHSA's "Trauma and Justice" and "Military Families" Strategic Initiatives. CTRC will raise the overall standard of trauma care within the state's child welfare and mental health systems; priority will be given to children involved with or at risk for involvement with child welfare and children of military families. During the lifetime of the grant, CTRC will provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), or Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) to children and their families; and during the first year expects to train approximately 400 community partner and child welfare staff. CTRC currently consults with Network expert Judith Cohen, MD, on adapting TF-CBT for children in child welfare and residential settings, and for military families; and CTRC will also consult with and receive training from the Strong Families Strong Forces (SFSF) Program at Boston University on intervention with military families.
Family Sunshine Center, CARES Project
The CARES (Children Advancing through Recovery and Empowerment Services) Project will be sponsored by the Montgomery Area Family Violence Project in partnership with the Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority to provide trauma-focused care to children and adolescents under the age of 18 who have been traumatized by family and/or sexual violence, and/or child abuse, and/or neglect. The project will utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with clients residing in the River Region of Alabama (including Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, and Montgomery counties). CARES will provide training both to the community at-large and to various community agencies to develop a trauma-informed system of care.
FMRS Health Systems, Inc.
The Resilience for Appalachian Youth—Overcoming Trauma (RAPP) Project is a collaboration of three nonprofit, comprehensive, behavioral health centers (FMRS Health Systems, Inc., Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center and Seneca Health Services) in West Virginia. The RAPP Project serves children, adolescents, and families (including veterans) who experience multiple traumatic experiences in an 11-county area of southern West Virginia known for poverty, poor health, drug-addicted young parents and minimal access to services. RAPP is increasing awareness of childhood trauma and trauma-informed practices throughout the state and among agencies who provide children’s services; providing training in evidence-based treatment (PCIT and TF-CBT) including web-based, on-site, and virtual training to therapists throughout southern West Virginia; increasing staff and evidence-based treatment to children/adolescents with identified trauma in each of the three partnering centers via center, school-based, and expanded use of telehealth; and collaborating with community and state stakeholders in developing and promoting policies supporting the implementation of trauma-informed services and practices across the state of WV. RAPP is collaborating with consumers and community agency leaders and a strong Evaluation Team in implementing the project and maintaining long term sustainability to improve the quality of life and resilience of WV children and families.
Gahr, Jessica, MA
Jessica Gahr provides trauma-informed clinical services as a member of the S.A.F.E. project at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center which provides therapeutic services to children adjudicated of a sexual offense and their families. In addition, she works with Glade Run Lutheran Services in Western Pennsylvania providing trauma-informed, community-based care. Jessica is interested in bridging the gap between science and practice to ensure youth receive evidence-based treatment across settings.
Garst, Lynn, MEd
Lynn Garst, M.Ed. has joined the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a disaster behavior health specialist. He recently retired from the Mental Health Center of Denver as the Director of Community Services for the Child and Family Department. He also served as the Disaster Response Coordinator for MHCD. He established and managed the Intensive Psychiatric Day Treatment Program at MHCD and also managed school-based, community-based and outpatient programs. He has worked closely with a number of community, state, and national agencies and organizations to improve mental health and disaster behavioral health services to children, youth, and families. Mr. Garst is active in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, where he co-chairs the School Committee and serves on the Terrorism and Disaster Committee and Affiliate Advisory Group. He worked as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for a SAMHSA HIV Targeted Capacity Expansion Grant focusing on homeless and high risk emerging adults and for a SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Grant serving gang-involved and at-risk youth. He is a nationally recognized expert in child trauma, has authored several publications and served as a keynote speaker and presenter on child trauma at state and national conferences. Prior to joining MHCD in 2001, Mr. Garst spent 12 years at The Children’s Hospital in Denver and previously worked in public school and private industry settings.
Gateway Community Services, Project ETC.: Enhancing Services to Traumatized Children
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.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Inc., Project lnterCSECT
Project lnterCSECT will establish a network of therapists who will provide evidence-based treatment services for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in Georgia aged 11–17. Additionally, the project will: 1) train Network therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); 2) strategically identify/develop and disseminate additional evidence-informed intervention components to TF-CBT–trained therapists that will provide the Network with additional tools to best engage and serve CSEC clients (TF-CBT+); and 3) deliver TF-CBT+ to CSEC clients. Each year the number of CSEC youth served will increase as the number of therapists trained in TF-CBT increases, totaling 150 CSEC youth served during the grant period.
Gomez, Evelin, PhD
Dr. Gomez is faculty at UC Denver School of Medicine with the Kempe Center. She is bilingual, Spanish speaking and bicultural; and works with children and families who have experienced trauma. She also works with community agencies, the child welfare system, and other systems bringing trauma informed services and training. In addition, she has a broad and extensive background on diversity issues and disparity with minority populations. Her expertise includes child trauma, community mental health and child welfare issues.
Gomez, Michael, PhD
Dr. Gomez was previously faculty at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the OU Health and Sciences Center in Oklahoma City where he specialized in Trauma-Focused CBT, treament adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors (PSB), parent-child interaction therapy, and assessment of autism spectrum disorders. He is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT therapist, completed the Train the Consultant TF-CBT program, and is currently in the Train-the-Train TF-CBT cohort with Dr. Cohen, Dr. Deblinger, and Dr. Mannarino. Dr. Gomez now is the Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he remains committeed to dissemination of evidence based practices in psychology.