|Trauma Informed Care Task Force Releases Project’s Final Report
United Community Services, which provides facilitation and support for Johnson County’s Trauma Informed Care Task Force has released “Becoming Trauma Informed: A collaborative approach to implementing trauma informed systems of care and correction in Johnson County, Kansas.” The report is a four year overview of seventeen local organizations and agencies’ work towards becoming more trauma informed in order to improve outcomes for their clients and staff. With funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Task Force members created a framework for learning about and implementing trauma-sensitive practices, dedicating a combined 200+ hours a month to making their workplaces, services and in turn their community more trauma informed. The Task Force continues to meet bi-monthly as a committee of Johnson County’s Community Violence Action Council (COMVAC). To learn more about the Task Force’s work, click here.
Johnson County Trauma Informed Care Task Force – June 2014 Update
Johnson County’s Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Task Force has been awarded additional support for implementation of trauma-informed practices and policies among Johnson County agencies and expansion of its membership to include additional social service and child serving agencies. The Task Force, which has been facilitated by UCS since 2012, received a $60,000 grant award from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to support its efforts to create a more trauma informed community. This is the third year the Health Care Foundation has provided funding for the Task Force, having supported its initial planning process and its first year of training and implementation among Task Force members. UCS received additional funding from the Drug and Alcoholism Council of Johnson County earlier in 2014.
In the past year, thirteen organizations designated staff to be trained as trainers, used these trainers to train their own staff, met regularly within their organizations to develop and implement changes in policies and procedures, and developed implementation plans with related activities through 2016. To learn more about specific implementation goals, click Task Force Wide Implementation Plan Analysis_May 2014. The current award will enable to Task Force to continue its work of becoming trauma informed in addition to expanding the Task Force’s membership to include additional social services, substance abuse, and child and youth serving agencies.
In 2013, the TIC Task Force included: Johnson County Court Services, CASA of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Johnson County Department of Corrections – Adult and Juvenile, Kansas Children’s Service League, Sunflower House, SAFEHOME, Johnson County Mental Health Center, Marillac, Johnson County District Attorney’s Office (VAU), KVC Health Systems, Gillis, Inc., Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and KidsTLC.
As the next grant period begins, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, the Olathe Police Department, the Overland Park Police Department, Friends of Recovery Association, Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center, and Head Start of Shawnee Mission have committed to joining the Task Force. The Task Force is still considering additional organizations serving either populations that are at increased risk for histories of trauma or children and youth and are committed to building a resilient Johnson County community for membership. For additional information, contact Valorie Carson at email@example.com or 913-438-4764.
Johnson County Task Force article by Mike Sherry