More and more people from across different sectors are screening people for ACEs. They’re also educating them about ACEs at the same time. I’m working on a couple of stories — one is about home visiting programs in Washington State, Illinois, Michigan, Vermont, and North Dakota that are screening and educating clients. The other is about The Family Center in Nashville, TN, which is screening and educating people in parenting classes. Parents who attend these are either in jail or are mandated by the court to attend the classes. Of the 600 parents who’ve done their ACE scores since last April, 74% have an ACE score of 4 or higher; 54% have an ACE score of 6 or higher. And what do they want to know after they’ve done their score? How to prevent high ACE scores in their kids.
And more people are recommending screening. Recently, ACEsConnection.com members Nathan Epps, senior analyst at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Research & Planning Bureau, and Dr. Michael Baglivio, senior management analyst at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and two of their co-authors suggested that ACEs could be used as a “first-line screening tool to identify children at risk of serious, violent and chronic offenses before significant downstream wreckage occurs”. That’s because they found that with each additional ACE, a delinquent youth’s risk of becoming a serious, violent and chronic offender increased 35 times.
And in “Health consequences of adverse childhood experiences: A systematic review”, in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Dr. Karen Kalmakis and Dr. Genevieve Chandler from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) College of Nursing concluded that nurse practitioners “are encouraged to incorporate assessment of patients’ childhood history in routine primary care and to consider the evidence that supports a relationship between ACEs and health. Although difficult, talking about patient's childhood experiences may positively influence health outcomes.”
If you’re screening for ACEs, please help us create a resource for others who are thinking about screening for ACEs and post your information in the new group ACEs Screening — Who’s Doing It and How? or contact one of us, and we’ll talk with you and post it for you. You can also fill out this quick and easy 8-question survey and we’ll be in touch.