State ACEs Action

The State ACEs Action is the go-to location for ACEs activities in U.S. states.

Activity

What are ACEs? State summit examines connection between childhood trauma and mental health (Tennessean.com)

(Photo caption: Tennessee First Lady Chrissy Haslam addresses the annual Building Strong Brains Tennessee ACEs Summit, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Governor Bill Haslam/ Flickr.com ) One minute of complete silence. Fred Rogers, the beloved television personality of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," gave such a moment of contemplation to the graduating class of Dartmouth University during a commencement speech 16 years ago . A minute to...

Hughes leads meeting on trauma in schools [PhillyTrib.com]

State Sen. Vincent Hughes issued a passionate plea to experts at Temple University to help serve and protect victims of trauma in grade schools in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. “Too many kids are walking into too many toxic schools, too many toxic situations — from domestic abuse to gun violence — to get an education in [an atmosphere] that’s toxic for educators to work in,” said Hughes (D-7) during a recent hearing at the university with members of the Senate Appropriations...

Comment by Tory Henderson

Alfred - I sent you and email with a link to the Washington State ACEs Action Community (on ACEs Connection) and a contact for the ACEs...
Tory Henderson

Comment by Alfred White

Hello, Can anyone tell me how to join the ACES Action Community in the South King County or Federal Way Area? Tory Henderson suggested,...
Alfred White

Reply by Jonathan Willias

Brenda, I admire your doggedness in pursuing this-you've been after basic data for years! I too would like ACEs info regarding Maryland.
Jonathan Willias

Reply by Robert Olcott

Brenda Yuen - I don't know how many states use 'sub-contractors' for their BRFSS data collection/analysis, but NH- which had not been...
Robert Olcott

Child Trends submits comments on a clearinghouse of evidence-based practices (Child Trends)

Child Trends responded to a request for comments from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), about the development of a clearinghouse of evidence-based practices in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018. The Family First Act is a powerful new opportunity for states to extend the largest federal funding source, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act , to include services and supports that can prevent...

A New Effort to Bolster Child Welfare Leadership in State Legislatures [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

State legislatures are an ever-changing landscape. Some states cram in a year of policy into short sessions, and the membership is constantly turning over. It can be a tough environment for child welfare issues to find traction, even with widespread concern over increases in foster youth and shortages in foster homes. One national organization is taking a crack at embedding more state houses with legislators poised to take the lead in this arena. The National Conference of State Legislatures...

Public health strategies, ACEs, and much more to learn [ClaremoreProgress.com]

What does a legislator do when not in session? Last month, I was asked by the Speaker to attend a regional meeting of key state policymakers with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It seems the committee chairmen of our health-related committees couldn’t attend, so I was afforded the opportunity to learn about something not exactly in my wheelhouse. The meeting was sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, and is the third such specialized session they’ve...

Partnership expands mental health resources for schools [news.iu.edu]

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's Indiana School Mental Health Initiative has partnered with The Lutheran Foundation to provide online resources to support schools and community partners as they address students' social, emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. The Lutheran Foundation’s statewide LookUp Indiana website provides information along with a resource directory of mental health provider agencies searchable by name, city or ZIP code. The Indiana School Mental Health...

Mental Health Declining Among Disadvantaged American Adults (scienceblog.com)

American adults of low socioeconomic status report increasing mental distress and worsening well-being, according to a new study by Princeton University and Georgetown University. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is among the first to investigate if the psychological health of Americans has worsened over time, as suggested by the “deaths of despair” narrative, linking rising mortality in midlife to drugs, alcohol and suicide. The results show that...

Doctors group warns of health risks for migrant children separated from parents (thehill.com)

Medical experts are cautioning that there are long-term health risks for migrant children who are separated from their parents, including "irreplaceable harm" to those children's lifelong development. “[It can] cause irreparable harm to lifelong development by disrupting a child’s brain architecture,” American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) President Colleen Kraft told BuzzFeed News this week. “Immigration has become so politicized. We would really like people to sit back instead and think of...

Our government is traumatizing immigrant families and communities. We can’t be silent. (preventioninstitute.org)

Seventy years ago, the US signed on to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , vowing to recognize individuals’ rights to protection from arbitrary interference with family life and the right to seek asylum from persecution. Today, these fundamental rights are under assault. Separating families and making it harder for people to claim asylum in the US are just the latest moves in this administration’s persecution of immigrants, refugees, and people of color. Aggressive and arbitrary...

'Prison-like' migrant youth shelter is understaffed, unequipped for Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy, insider says (latimes.com)

Colleagues at a government-contracted shelter in Arizona had a specific request for Antar Davidson when three Brazilian migrant children arrived: "Tell them they can't hug." Davidson, 32, is of Brazilian descent and speaks Portuguese. He said the siblings - ages 16, 10 and 6 - were distraught after being separated from their parents at the border. The children were "huddle together, tears streaming down their faces," he said. The caseload is straining a facility he described as understaffed...

Women's Fund grant recipients to build amygdala rooms [www.washtimesherald.com]

Thanks to a grant from the Daviess County Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund, two area school corporations will be able to offer additional services to help improve the lives of students both in and out of the classroom. Daviess-Martin Special Education Co-op School Academic and Behavior Coach Missy Brothers and Kelly Miller, Washington Community Schools social worker, made the pitch for their project “Addressing the Emotional, Social and Academic Health of our Youth” last week at the...

Georgia ACEs Data Released

We have data! In 2016, the Georgia Department of Public Health, with funding provided by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services' Prevention and Community Support Section, added the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) module to their annual Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS). The preliminary summary of the results of that data collection have been released in the Georgia Data Summary report. An additional full-length report is still in development, but the...

Monroe County, Indiana candidate for prosecutor acknowledges the need for the criminal justice system to recognize the effects of trauma on children

Margie Rice, a candidate for prosecutor in Monroe County, Indiana, recently published the following press release on her campaign website, https://www.margiericeforprosecutor.com : For immediate release Thursday, April 12, 2018 Rice calls for community summit on trauma effects County Prosecutor candidate Margie Rice is calling for a community conversation with family trauma experts, social service organization leaders, and justice systems officials to discuss the effects of family trauma on...

It’s Coding Time: Indiana Women’s Prison Launches Computer Coding Program [indianapublicmedia.org]

Laura's note: While this program does not overtly or directly address ACEs, I don't think it's too far of a stretch to speculate that the increased job opportunities, decreased recidivism, and improved income potential for these women may reduce the likelihood of additional ACEs for their children. Inmates at the Indiana Women’s Prison will soon be the first outside of California to enroll in a computer coding seminar. The Last Mile program tries to reduce recidivism and train women for a...

Building Community Resilience - Policy Guide & Webinar

Blog Written by Jeff Hild Policy Director, Redstone Center for Prevention and Wellness At the Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and network — based at the Redstone Center for Prevention and Wellness , George Washington University School of Public Health — we are working to improve the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities across the country. We do this by working to align systems to address the “Pair of ACEs”  — adverse childhood experiences in the...

Comment by Rebecca Bryan

How can I find out the total number of people screened for ACE exposure? In the 2012 ACEs connection blog post by Felitti it was over...
Rebecca Bryan
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