Project Partnering to Effectively Reduce the Impact of Violence to Children in Kalamazoo (2010 to 2016)

Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Safe Start Promising Approaches Initiative

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Children and families

Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center, in partnership with New Genesis, the Kalamazoo Boys and Girls club and several other community agencies, has been awarded a $1 million, four-year research grant through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Safe Start Promising Approaches Initiative.

The grant will fund Project Partnering to Effectively Reduce the Impact of Violence to Children in Kalamazoo—Project PERK for short. Partners in the project will first identify children exposed to violence in Kalamazoo City/Township. Families will either by placed in the control or treatment group. For treatment families, a tiered-intervention approach (parent groups, child groups, referrals) will be used to reduce the impact of that violence on the children's neurodevelopmental, relational and emotional progress.

Partners or other caregivers and community agencies will be involved and trained in trauma-informed practices to provide services to children and their families. In addition, key leaders from the primary agencies that serve Kalamazoo children will participate in community board meetings to plan, develop, and implement strategies and new policies to better serve children exposed to violence.

Detroit-Trauma Informed Project (2012 to 2016)

Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration—Child Welfare Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children with Child Welfare Involvement

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Western Michigan University's southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center's Detroit-Trauma Informed Project will support further development of a collaborative continuum of trauma-informed services through a trauma informed system in the city of Detroit targeting the impact of traumatic stress on urban youth and their families within the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems, while increasing child and familial resiliency.

The primary partners include Western Michigan University southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center, Detroit/Wayne County Community Mental Health's contracted agencies, Wayne County Department of Human Services, Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court Family Division, and Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, and Family Health Alliance.

D-TIP will expand on the existing trauma-informed treatment modalities that are currently utilized and introduce and implement Strengthening Families Coping Resources (Kiser, 2010) model, which addresses the potential traumatic impact of urban factors, including poverty and inter-generational trauma, on families. The continuum of trauma-informed services will identify and address trauma from a multisystem perspective, and includes trauma screening, comprehensive trauma assessment, parent trauma training, resiliency strategies for children and families, and workforce development.

Michigan Genesee County Appropriate Trauma-Informed Screening and Treatment Project (2012 to 2017)

Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Initiative to Improve Access to Needs-Driven, Evidence-Based/Evidence-informed Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Child Welfare

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The purpose of this project is to establish a continuum of services that include trauma-informed screening, functional assessment, and a menu of evidence-based treatments to improve the social and emotional well-being and developmental functioning of children currently in foster care in Genesee County. Through collaboration of all partners, a system change will occur, shifting the current traditional child welfare service delivery to a trauma-informed system framework that matches children's needs with trauma-informed interventions and case management practices, improving child outcomes of safety, permanency, and well being; and resulting in more successful adoptions and family reunification.

There are several unique components including

  • The development and use of new trauma-informed products including a trauma-informed resiliency focused treatment plan and the utilization of an adult learning model (learning collaborative) for training and consultation.
  • The training of child welfare cohorts to become "resident trauma experts."
  • A quality improvement plan that utilizes evaluation data to evaluate and recalibrate treatment plans on an ongoing basis.
  • The participation of the medical community that will serve to develop and sustain a trauma-informed and resilient work force.

The Michigan Genesee County Appropriate Trauma-Informed Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Project is a collaborative community effort comprised of the Genesee Department of Human Services, State of Michigan Department of Human Services, Genesee County Community Mental Health, Michigan Easter Seals, 7th Circuit Court Family Division, Genesee County Intermediate School District, Mott Children's Health Center, Weiss Child Advocacy Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Western Michigan University's Children's Trauma Assessment Center.

Van Buren Transformational Health Initiative Project Grant (2013 to 2016)

Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Department of Education Transformational Healthcare Delivery Models for Children and Adolescents

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Western Michigan University’s Children’s Trauma Assessment Center proposal seeks to combine the existing professional talents and programming of the four Van Buren primary grant partners into an innovative program that will transform Van Buren primary health care. Primary grant partners include:

  • Targeted Van Buren school districts and Intermediate School District
  • Community Mental Health
  • District Health Department
  • Key subset of primary health care providers, including Bangor (school-based) Health Center; InterCare Community Health Network, the only federally qualified health center in Van Buren county; and Bronson Lakeview Pediatrics, the designated Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical home.

This will occur by:

  • Developing a prototype school-based primary care practice that will serve as the hub of this project and will partner with the Children's Trauma Assessment Center to infuse and incorporate trauma-informed thinking and action into a fully integrated primary care practice that will improve the overall health of all Bangor Health Center patients.
  • Strengthening connections and collaboration between the Bangor Health Center, other Van Buren primary care providers, and each key grant partner.
  • Creating a foundational and systematic approach that recognizes the deleterious and ubiquitous impact of secondary traumatic stress on the daily functioning of all Van Buren grant partner professionals and also understands that a systematic plan must address secondary traumatic stress in the workforce. The approach includes formal professional development training involving understanding trauma, enhancing professional self-recognition of trauma, and practical intervention strategies to manage the ongoing potential and presence of secondary traumatic stress, each of which is necessary and pivotal in establishing a resilient Van Buren workforce.
  • Assisting selected Van Buren primary care providers by providing them with assessment, practical interventions, and medication consultation of referred high-risk complex Van Buren children and adolescents. To help primary care providers increase their capacity via enhanced provider knowledge, skills, management, and referral strategies for these complex youths.
  • Building a Children's Trauma Assessment Center-led transdisciplinary Van Buren Assessment, Consultation, Treatment Team comprised of professionals from all primary grant partners.

Field Initiated Research and Evaluation Program Grant (2011 to 2014)

Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Trauma Informed Juvenile Justice Assessment and Treatment

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The purpose of this research study is to determine outcomes of trauma-informed juvenile justice systems that are predicated on trauma training and consultation of the Family Court judge, juvenile justice probation officers, and community therapists who provide therapy to juvenile justice youth. The project seeks to determine the effectiveness of trauma informed assessment and treatment for youth who have been petitioned into juvenile court on delinquency petitions or status offenses. Most youth in juvenile courts have trauma histories, and the five counties in this study have participated in a Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration funded trauma informed assessment and treatment initiative to increase their capacity to address trauma in child welfare and juvenile court kids. This project seeks to measure outcomes from assessment and treatment that addresses trauma to determine whether provision of trauma informed services reduce recidivism, improve academic standing, improve behavior, enhance resilience, and reduce trauma symptoms, all of which contribute to child well-being.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center of Excellence

Michigan Department of Community Health Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

The Michigan Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders Program has continued to focus on collaboration with existing inter-agency programs in local communities and integration with state programs to promote prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure among women of reproductive age and intervention for children with an FASD and their families. The Children's Trauma Assessment Center is one of five FASD Diagnostic Clinics in the State of Michigan designated as a Center of Excellence and partially funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Previously received grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration—National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Community Treatment and Services Center Grant (2008 to 2012)

The Children's Trauma Assessment Center implemented the Trauma Informed Child Welfare Project, a trauma informed child welfare practice model into existing Michigan county systems. The project aimed to transform child welfare service delivery in Michigan by infusing trauma informed child welfare practices that are culturally competent, evidence supported based, and responsive to the needs of traumatized children.

Office of Justice Programs Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence Grant—Kalamazoo Collaborative Initiative for reducing the Effects of Violence on Children (2005 to 2007)

Project REVOC proposed to reduce the impact of violence on children in Kalamazoo County. The project provided help to local communities in implementing collaborative cross-agency strategies for effectively reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence, with particular emphasis on young children (age 6 and younger).