H. Res. 443 Recognizing the Importance and Effectiveness of Trauma-Informed Care PASSES UNANIMOUSLY!

 

On Monday, February 26, 2018 the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR443 with unanimous bipartisan support, affirming and advancing trauma-informed care throughout the United States. The Resolution includes:

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes the importance, effectiveness, and need for trauma-informed care among existing programs and agencies at the Federal level; and

(2) encourages the use and practice of trauma-informed care within the Federal Government, its agencies, and the United States Congress.

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Thanks to First Lady Tonette Walker, 
Congressman Gallagher and Congressman Davis for their leadership to facilitate this big step forward.

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Karen Clemmer posted:
Carmela J DeCandia posted:

HI all. I recently joined this community. My name is Dr. Carmela DeCandia of Artemis Associates, LLC. www.artemisassoc.com. I am one of the many doing the work of helping programs implement and evaluate trauma-informed care (ecological, organizational) and am pleased to see this post. It is a step- naming it in policy and law. But the real proof is whether it gets backed by funding as folks have stated. That said, this step makes it harder for TIC to be a passing fad. hapy to join the group and look forward to connecting more.

Carmela

Welcome Dr. DeCandia!  You are in good company!  If you have not yet found communities (within this platform), please consider joining the Becoming Trauma Informed and Beyond or the ACEs in Pediatrics group.  Your voice and expertise would be so welcomed!!  Other communities may be of interest as well! 

Thanks Karen. I joined the other two communities you suggested. Both are great fits for me and my work. Happy to be a part with other committed folks! I have been doing this for a long  time and for years it felt like screaming into the wind, but the tides may be turning and may not go the way of a passing fad as history has suggested. My colleague an I wrote about TIC's evolution a few years ago in case folks find it useful. see link on her company's website.  

https://www.air.org/sites/defa...nse-Guarino-2015.pdf

also I am sure you are aware of the 60 minutes episode this Sunday  with Oprah and Bruce Perry- hoping the work is portrayed accurately. it is yet another sign of a potentially shifting in the culture.

 Best

Carmela

This is a fantastic step toward effecting positive change on a big scale. In these divided times, anything that gets unanimous support is newsworthy! Keep the momentum going. Supply & demand drives gun sales and use. This kind of change can actually do more good than gun control can. 

Trauma-informed care is vital. We celebrate it. But do all our communities have the "care/services" to make "trauma-informed"? The answer is a resounding no. Data indicate huge gaps in vital family services.

We must work to ensure that every child and parent have access to trauma-informed behavioral health care, medical/dental care, safe housing, stable food sources, transport to vital services, early childhood learning programs, parent supports, youth mentors, family-centered schools and job training.

ACEs prevention is cross-sector, data-driven and systemic. We have much important work to do to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents.  www.resilienceleaders.org

Keep in mind, this is a resolution with a strong affirmation. A bill with further guidance could be the next step - and other activities as well. In this political climate, it speaks volumes that there was unanimous bipartisan support. 

thanks was trying to figure out how to join. as a child psychologist specializing in trauma, child and family homelessness, assessment, and organizational TIC,  I am delighted t0 join these groups and connect, learn, and move the field with new colleagues. Thanks for the welcome and sharing this news.

Carmela J DeCandia posted:

HI all. I recently joined this community. My name is Dr. Carmela DeCandia of Artemis Associates, LLC. www.artemisassoc.com. I am one of the many doing the work of helping programs implement and evaluate trauma-informed care (ecological, organizational) and am pleased to see this post. It is a step- naming it in policy and law. But the real proof is whether it gets backed by funding as folks have stated. That said, this step makes it harder for TIC to be a passing fad. hapy to join the group and look forward to connecting more.

Carmela

Welcome Dr. DeCandia!  You are in good company!  If you have not yet found communities (within this platform), please consider joining the Becoming Trauma Informed and Beyond or the ACEs in Pediatrics group.  Your voice and expertise would be so welcomed!!  Other communities may be of interest as well! 

I can hear some disappointment from folks - that there is no funding etc.  Please do NOT be discouraged!  This is the process.  Now that the federal government has passed this resolution - governmental organizations that function under the federal government (receive funding / states / local legislators etc) can use this language - which opens the flood gates for radical systems level / policy level change.  This is BIG! 

There is no quick fix - but there are incremental wins - that have profound impact!   

The "ball is in our court" so to speak ...  how can this information be leveraged to support the work you are doing??  

HI all. I recently joined this community. My name is Dr. Carmela DeCandia of Artemis Associates, LLC. www.artemisassoc.com. I am one of the many doing the work of helping programs implement and evaluate trauma-informed care (ecological, organizational) and am pleased to see this post. It is a step- naming it in policy and law. But the real proof is whether it gets backed by funding as folks have stated. That said, this step makes it harder for TIC to be a passing fad. hapy to join the group and look forward to connecting more.

Carmela

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