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San Mateo County ACEs Connection is a community for all who are invested in creating a trauma-informed and resilient San Mateo County. This is a space to share resources, information, successes, and challenges related to addressing trauma and building resiliency, particularly in young children and their families.

January 2021

Available Now: 2020-21 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being

Children Now has released the 2020-21 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being , an interactive tool that delivers data on how kids are doing in each of California’s 58 counties, and tracks 39 key indicators of children’s well-being – over time, by race/ethnicity and relative to other counties – from prenatal to the transition to adulthood. This year, we’ve added 11 new indicators to provide a more comprehensive whole-child view, including the percent of youth who identify as...

The 'war on drugs' was a war on people of color

In the spring of 1982, Susan Burton turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with the death of her 5-year-old son, who had run into the street and was hit by a vehicle driven by an off-duty police officer . Over the course of the next 17 years, Burton was in and out of prison. “Each time I left, I felt a little more broken,” she told me recently. What would have made a difference, she said, was “if there could have been a way to have therapy from traumatic childhood events, disappointments and...

SMCOE Creative and Restorative Gatherings

From San Mateo County Office of Education Facebook page : Our Wellness Wednesdays series is now meeting on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm starting January 21, 2021. Take advantage of this opportunity to focus on your well-being and experience our shared humanity through mindfulness practices, simple creative exercises, and restorative listening circles. Register at https://bit.ly/3bsbOaz

A New Partner for Police: Mental Health Professionals to Respond to 9-1-1 Calls for People in Crisis [smcgov.org]

Licensed clinicians to embed with police in Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City and South San Francisco Jan. 12, 2020 Redwood City – Health professionals will team with police to help people in a mental or behavioral health crisis in San Mateo County’s four largest cities. The pilot program approved today by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors seeks to defuse volatile 9-1-1 calls and provide appropriate care for non-violent individuals. The licensed mental health clinicians will join...

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Support via Text Message

We're excited to share this behind-the-scenes story of how the Ready4K team collaborated with First 5 Del Norte to create the country's first trauma-informed text message support program! Hear directly from Angela Glore, executive director of First 5 Del Norte, about how she and her partner organizations worked together to connect the dots between community health goals and early learning opportunities. It's a fascinating story of how this rural community set out a big, hairy, audacious goal...

Becoming ACEs Aware in a Challenging Year [acesaware.org]

Becoming ACEs Aware in a Challenging Year Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress represent a public health crisis that has been, until recently, largely unrecognized by our health care systems and society, but there is hope. On January 1, 2020, eligible Medi-Cal providers began to receive a $29 payment for conducting qualifying ACEs screenings for children and adults up to age 65 with full-scope Medi-Cal. As many of you know, this is part of the ACEs Aware initiative , a...

COVID is Not the Only Public Health Problem Facing America [psychologytoday.com]

By Rosemary Tisch, Psychology Today, January 1, 2021 We should be very worried”, states Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Director of Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child : · Risk for child abuse increases during economic crises. · Parental job loss due to the pandemic can have negative consequences on young children, including increased risk for psychological and physical abuse at the hands of their parents. · Emergency Room doctors are reporting more severe abuse cases, although child...

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