- Introduction to Mental Health & Trauma Informed Practices
Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) have been identified in Wisconsin and nationally as having significant, negative impact on adult health and well-being outcomes. Adult reports of ACE are linked to increased likelihood of serious medical conditions, mental health problems, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, and homelessness, to name just a few. Several organizations are actively partnering in their work with children and families to identify and address the impact of past adversity and trauma on their clients’ current health, safety and well-being. Increasing trauma awareness and effective interventions within our communities and practice is critical to achieving healthy outcomes for the families we serve.
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, developed by the University of Colorado, provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens. You can also search this site for programs that target a variety of issues, including delinquency, substance abuse, truancy, and race/gender.
Crime Solutions.gov is an interactive site developed and maintained by the National Institute of Justice in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The site includes information on over 200 programs and practices that have been used in working with youth and provides information about whether or not the program has been proven effective, promising, or mixed/no results.Visit Website
The National Crittenton Foundation has resources and publications focusing on a number of areas of interest to juvenile justice practitioners, including the National Girls Initiative focusing on working across systems and the Adverse Childhood Experiences research that provides great information about the impact of trauma on child and adolescent development and a ToolKit for providers working with the ACE data.Visit Website
The Crittenton Foundation has created an ACEs Tool Kit for those working with assessing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as they are working with youth in the system. The Crittenton Foundation has been working in particular on studying the impact of these experiences on girls, young women, and mothers and the implications for ensuring that systems are addressing their unique needs.Visit Website
Discusses issues surrounding the mental health screening of juvenile offenders such as screening procedures, policies and implementation.Visit Website
The Wisconsin Association of Family and Child Agencies is an organization representing over fifty agencies providing a wide range of child and family services, including both residential and community-based mental health services.Visit Website
Provides a range of services including Family-Based Case Management utilizing wraparound services to support children and families.Visit Website
Mission is to raise the standard of care for children and families who have experienced trauma, including those that are involved in the juvenile justice system.Visit Website
A leading resource for publications, research, training, technical assistance, and education to promote better services for youth in the juvenile justice system with mental health issues.Visit Website
A partnership of NCJJMH and the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change effort and includes a link to resources for implementing evidence-based practice, including links to key research, evidence based practice collections , and examples of successful programs.Visit Website
A comprehensive source of information on cutting-edge juvenile justice issues and reform trends. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders includes links to resources, experts, definitions, etc.Visit Website
Seeks to build the capacity of states, communities, organizations and individuals to contribute to the provision of high quality wraparound. This site includes a wealth of information about the basics of wraparound, research related to effectiveness, and tools and strategies for implementation.Visit Website