In October 2012, the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA; Grant # 1U79SM061266) to establish the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project (CTISP-DI) as a Category II Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
Building on the work completed through the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP; funded from 2010-2013), CTISP-DI staff is working strategically with five Supercommunities across the country who will serve as communities of excellence and will lead the transformation of public child welfare (CW) agencies into trauma-informed systems within their respective jurisdictions. These Supercommunites are:
Ultimately, CTISP-DI will be working specifically with each Supercommunity to identify and spread trauma-informed child welfare practices across their region. This work will help change the wider community child welfare system into a multidimensional, evidence-based, trauma-informed system that is better able to meet the unique needs of children and families involved in the child welfare system. The work of CTISP-DI is guided by the Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System and the following definition of a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System that was developed by the CTISP National Advisory Committee in 2011:
A trauma-informed child welfare system is one in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the varying impact of traumatic stress on children, caregivers, families, and those who have contact with the system. Programs and organizations within the system infuse this knowledge, awareness, and skills into their organizational cultures, policies, and practices. They act in collaboration, using the best available science, to facilitate and support resiliency and recovery.
For more information, please contact:
Lisa Conradi, PsyD
CTISP Project Manager