State Projects

The resources below provide information about states that are organizing state-level ACE task forces and/or trauma-informed projects. In some cases, links will just direct to state government resources that mention either ACEs, trauma-informed care, or both. This will provide minimal documented information as to what is going on in that state at the government level. An effort has been made to program these links in sort-by-date order but due to a technical problem this is not possible for some pages.

We strive for these resources to be the most useful for the ACEs Connection community. If you have resources that you'd like to add, please send a message to Jane Stevens, ACEsConnection manager.

This isn't complete; it's just a start. We are looking for the best resources that will assist people who are integrating trauma-informed practices into their state agencies and departments.

 

General Information on State ACEs Work

State ACE Surveys Infographic - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed the ACEs questions as an “Optional Module” for states and territories. This link provides slides showing the states that administered the ACEs Optional Module on their BRFSS questionnaire in 2009-2014.

 

IowaACEs360 - For information on states that have gathered data through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

 

Adverse Childhood Experiences Reported by Adults --- Five States, 2009 - The CDC analyzed information from 26,229 adults in five states (Arkansas, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Tennessee and Washington) using the 2009 ACE module of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that, overall, 59.4% of respondents reported having at least one ACE, and 8.7% reported five or more ACEs. Note data tables: Table 1 and Table 2. CDC. (2010).

 

Adverse Childhood Experiences: National and State Level Prevalence (Child Trends) - Research Brief

 

ACEs by State 

Following are links to short basic descriptions of states' activities in developing ACEs and trauma-informed projects. The description includes BRFSS ACE surveys, analysis of the survey data, state contact(s), webinars or online courses and changes to state structure. 


Alabama 

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Alabama

 

Alaska 

Alaska Maternal and Child Health Data Book 2014: LIFE COURSE EDITION (p. 26-28)

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Alaska

 

Arizona

Arizona Youth Survey

Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences:  Creating Hope for a Healthier Arizona

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Arizona

 

Arkansas

2009 ACEs Module Variables Report BRFSS

Research Report: Best Practices in Child Maltreatment Prevention and Intervention

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Arkansas

 

California 

A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experience in California

4 Essential Facts about Lifelong Health, School Success and Adverse Childhood Experiences Among California’s Children

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in California

California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care

ACR No. 155 - Encourages policies reducing children's exposure to adverse experiences

 

Colorado

Strengthening Colorado’s Mental Health System: A Plan to Safeguard all Coloradans, Trauma-informed Care: Fact Sheet on statewide planned trauma-informed care approaches.

Annual Report Colorado Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Program

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Colorado

Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan Committee

 

Connecticut

Building a Trauma-informed System of Care for Children in Connecticut (Dr. Bob Franks, April 2013)

Healthy, Safe, Smart, and Strong: The 2012‐2015 Strategic Framework for the Connecticut DCF

Healthy, Safe, Smart, and Strong: Advancing Health Equity within the Department of Children and Families (2012)

Oh, Baby!: Getting it Right from the Start (Gruendel, April 2012)

Trauma-Informed Care Practice Guide

Substitute Senate Bill No. 972, Public Act No. 13-178, An Act Concerning The Mental, Emotional And Behavioral Health Of Youths

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Connecticut

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Connecticut

 

Delaware 

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Delaware

 

District of Columbia

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in District of Columbia

 

Florida

Trauma-Informed Care - Dept. of Juvenile Justice

Statewide Strategic Plan for System of Care Expansion of Services for Children with Mental Health Needs and their Families

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Florida

 

Georgia

Governor’s Office for Children and Families Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Georgia

 

Hawaii

Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Hawai‘i Adults: Findings from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Hawaii

 

Idaho

Recovery Infrastructure Training for Empowerment Transformation Transfer Initiative (RITE-TTI)

Idaho Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV): Newsletter that aims to improve communication between home visiting programs and stakeholders. (Mar. 2013). Website

Annual Report: Early Childhood Coordinating Council 2013-2014

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

 

Illinois

Return on Investment in Systems of Care for Children With Behavioral Health Challenges

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Illinois

 

Indiana

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Indiana

 

Iowa

Iowa ACEs Forum 2013 - Featuring Dr. Robert Anda and Laura Porter. Article and transcript can be found here.

Senate Bill SF 337

Central Iowa ACEs 360 Steering Committee

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Powerful Determinants of Iowan’s Health

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Iowa:  A New Way of Understanding Lifelong Health, Findings from the 2012 BRFSS

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

 

Kansas

Kansas Children's Service League - Campaign launched to stop ACEs

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

 

Kentucky

Kids Count, 2014 County Data Book, Helping Kentuckians Live Healthier Lives, April 2013

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Kentucky

Kentucky Strengthening Families - Including a PowerPoint on "An Effective Approach to Supporting Families and Communities"

 

Louisiana

2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Report

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Louisiana

 

Maine

Working with Adverse Childhood Experiences: Maine’s History, Present and Future: After conducting a statewide survey with multiple stakeholders, Leslie Forstadt, PhD and Mark Rains, PhD completed this report in 2011 for the Maine Children’s Growth Council.

Maine Kids Count 2013

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Maine

 

Maryland

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Maryland

 

Massachusetts

Bill H.4376 188th An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence - Sections of the Gun Bill relevant to Safe and Supportive Schools

Helping Traumatize Children Learn

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Massachusetts

 

Michigan

Michigan Great Start Trauma Informed System - PowerPoint about Great Start

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Michigan, 2011-2012

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Michigan

 

Minnesota

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Minnesota: Findings & Recommendations Based on the 2011 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System - Executive Summary and Full Document:

Minnesota Department of Human Services: Trauma-Informed Care

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Minnesota

 

Mississippi

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health 

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Mississippi

 

Missouri

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Missouri

 

Montana

Strengthening the Response to Childhood Trauma in Montana: Final report on Senate Joint Resolution No. 30 for the Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee. (Jan. 2013).

The Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Association with Current Health, Montana Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2011

Elevate Montana

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Montana

 

Nebraska

Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative: A Nebraska Supreme Court Initiative that asks judges to take an active leadership role in improving the court process in child protection cases. Their website has many trauma-informed documents in addition to news, data, case law, training and other resources. More 

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

 

Nevada

Nevada Children's Mental Health System of Care

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

 

New Hampshire

NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative - Including PowerPoint on Transforming Children's Behavioral Health Care

New Hampshire Children's Trust: Eliminating Child Abuse and Neglect

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in New Hampshire

  

New Jersey

Blueprint for Action: Building a Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Service System for New Jersey

Supporting Strong Families and Communities in New Jersey

New Jersey Standards for Prevention Programs: Building Success through Family Support 

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in New Jersey

 

New Mexico

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health 

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in New Mexico

 

New York 

Kids Count Data Book

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in New York

 

North Carolina 

The Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Health:  2012 North Carolina BRFSS

The Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences on the Health of Current Smokers:  2012 NC BRFSS 

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in North Carolina

  

North Dakota

Child Abuse and Neglect in North Dakota

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Overview of Adverse Child and Family Experiences among North Dakota Children

 

Ohio

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Trauma-Informed Care Initiative

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Ohio

Center for the Treatment and Study of Adverse Childhood Events

Building Trauma-Informed Systems of Care for Children in Ohio

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services - Resources for Professionals

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health 

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Oklahoma

A State Profile:  Adverse Childhood Experience, Oklahoma KIDS Count Fact Book 2006-2007 

 

Oregon

Ford Foundation report: How is Oregon Responding to ACEs?

Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Specific Services - The Health Authority's webpage provides policy, screening tools, presentations/publications, Oregon-specific resources, and trauma-related resources.

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Oregon

Building Resiliency:  Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

 

 

Pennsylvania

Adverse Childhood Experience, 2010 BRFSS, PA Department of Health

Adverse Childhood Experiences and risk factors for chronic disease (poster)

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Pennsylvania

 

Rhode Island

RI One of Six "Supercommunities" Helping Traumatized Children

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health 

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in South Carolina

South Carolina ACE Initiative
 

South Dakota

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in South Dakota

 

Tennessee

TDMHSAS BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES: Trauma-Informed Care

Kids Count: The State of the Child in Tennessee - 2012

Kids Count: The State of the Child in Tennessee - 2013

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Tennessee

 

Texas

Adverse Childhood Experiences – Texas, 2001 (poster)

Health-Related Outcomes of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Texas, 2002: Findings from 5,378 people who responded to the 2002 Texas BRFSS. (May 2010)

Trauma Informed Care Training: An online training opportunity to assist families, caregivers and other social service providers in fostering greater understanding of trauma informed care and child traumatic stress. Dept. of Family & Protective Services.

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Texas

 

Utah

Health Status Update: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health: Findings from the 2010 Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey. Dept. of Health. (Jul. 2011)

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Utah

 

Vermont

Adult Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Brief – Adverse Childhood Experiences: Findings from the 2010 BRFSS survey. Dept. of Health. (May 2012). 

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Vermont

H. 762, The Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire

 

Virginia

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Virginia

  

Washington

Dept. of Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences

Core Metrics & Population Measures

A Review of Community Efforts to Mitigate and Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma. Complex Trauma

Adverse Childhood Experiences & Population Health in Washington

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Washington

 

West Virginia 

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health 

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in West Virginia 

 

Wisconsin

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

Trauma-Informed Initiatives in Wisconsin

 

Wyoming

Wyoming Trauma-Informed Care

Project LAUNCH -- Nationwide, 35 communities are pioneering new ways to promote young child wellness through Project LAUNCH, a federal initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health

 

 

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Hi Jane, this is a great, comprehensive list! I was wondering if this has been updated at all since you posted in 2012? I am still familiarizing myself with this website. And if you have knowledge on a list of states that have TIC collaboratives / groups, that would be most appreciated. Thank you! - Victoria Walsh, vwalsh@texasstateofmind.org 

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