Provides an overview of common pandemic-related stressors among children and families, highlights NCTSN efforts to mitigate these issues, and offers priority recommendations.
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.
Provides an overview of child traumatic stress and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Updated July 2020
Provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of how substance use and trauma affects children, adolescents, and families; substance use-related impaired caregiving; and the impact of the opioid crisis on children and families.
Gives examples of state and federal policy issues related to child sex trafficking. This webinar provides an overview of activities and resources related to child sex trafficking.
Highlights the key elements of the 2017 NCTSN System Framework for Trauma-Informed Schools, while also underscoring the public health implications of trauma exposure and the benefits of having trauma-informed schools. Updated March 2021.
Explores policy challenges and solutions relevant to working with refugee youth.
Provides policymakers and other stakeholders an overview of trauma-informed integrated care and its importance for children who have experienced trauma.
Provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of child sex trafficking and its relationship to child trauma, as well as policy-relevant and child trauma-focused recommendations to assist them in their response to child sex trafficking. Updated March 2021.
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.
Details how NCTSN researchers and practitioners and their partners established complex trauma in children as an eligible condition for health home coverage.
Provides the summary results of a 2016 NCTSN member survey about financial sustainability.
Explores policy challenges and lessons learned in promoting and supporting trauma-informed schools.