The UC Davis CAARE Center has been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to provide mental health services to all newly placed foster children throughout Sacramento County for the next five years.
The “Fostering Secure Placements for Traumatized Children in Transition” project, led by Susan Timmer, will allow UC Davis mental health therapists to provide services in the home of newly placed foster children who have experienced trauma and may be at high risk for placement loss.
Therapists will use an evidence-informed therapy called “Parents and Children Creating an Affectionate and Respectful Environment (PC-CARE)” to enhance relationships between foster children and their new caregivers, teach caregivers new skills to manage difficult behaviors and address child trauma symptoms in order to insure a stronger, long-term foster home. Families will also be referred for any further treatment they may require.
This grant is funded by SAMHSA as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI). The NCTSI’s goal is to improve the quality of mental health care and trauma treatment for children and adolescents throughout the country.