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Policy Makers

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the US. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS).

Collaborative work with Policy Makers has been an essential part of the mission and activities of the NCTSN since the beginning. This website provides a range of resources for policy makers and other stakeholders who are seeking to better understand the prevalence and consequences of child traumatic stress, as well as solutions and policy implications. In addition to the NCTSN resources highlighted below, Policy Makers can learn more about the NCTSN in the About Us section of this website and particularly the Policy Issues page.

NCTSN Resource

Child Trauma and Opioid Use: Policy Implications

Type: Fact Sheet

Provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of how substance use and trauma effects children, adolescents, and families; substance use-related impaired caregiving; and the impact of the opioid crisis on children and families.

NCTSN Resource

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Trauma: Policy Brief

Type: Fact Sheet

Provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of intimate partner violence (IPV) and its relationship to child trauma, as well as policy-relevant and child trauma-focused recommendations to assist them in their response to intimate partner violence.

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