This report provides a framework for developing a comprehensive and integrated trauma-informed system of care for children and is intended to help child serving systems advance trauma-informed care in order to provide more effective and cost-efficient services that results in better outcomes for all children. The framework builds upon the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) definition of a trauma-informed approach to define four key elements of a trauma-informed system. These components, Workforce Development, Trauma Screening, Practice Changes and Use of Evidence Based Practices (EBPs), and Inter-system Collaboration and Communication are described in detail and a brief checklist is provided which systems and agencies can use to assess their efforts to become trauma-informed. Examples are then provided from Connecticut's child-serving systems for implementing trauma-informed programs and services. Actions taken in the areas of behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, pediatrics, education, and law enforcement in Connecticut to build a trauma-informed system are highlighted. The report closes with recommendations for further improving trauma-informed systems for children and families in Connecticut. The recommendations address system development and integration, workforce development, screening, practice change and EBPs, and funding and policy. 4 figures and 44 references.
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