The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $11.4 million in new grants to improve services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. As part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, the grants support a network of centers nationwide. The centers will collect clinical data, provide resources for health care professionals, and build public education programs.
Funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the centers will develop treatments appropriate for children exposed to or experiencing violence, traumatic loss of family members, sexual assault and abuse, medical trauma, natural and human-caused disasters, and war. Special emphasis has been placed on services for children in schools, the juvenile justice system, and the child welfare and protective service systems.
Vastag B. Grants for Childhood Trauma. JAMA. 2002;288(3):307. doi:10.1001/jama.288.3.307-JHA20007-2-1