Anyone have an ACES/Resilience one-pager for legislators you're willing to share?

Hi folks - we're talking with legislators to help them understand ACEs/trauma and the costs of untreated/unaddressed trauma in behavioral health, healthcare, education, criminal justice, businesses and other areas that legislators care about. Have any of you created any type of 1-2 page brief overview / primer / graphic about this that's oriented to legislators that you'd be willing to share? Don't want to re-invent the wheel if we don't have to. Thanks so much!   

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Melanie, While the National Conference of State Legislatures may have something, I'm not immediately familiar with it. I had occasion to submit written and oral testimony to the Vermont Legislative Trauma Commission back in 2000, and to follow Vermont Pediatrician/Legislator George Till, M.D.'s 2013 bill to require all Vermont Health Providers to screen all patients, regardless of age, for ACEs. There is an active Vt. legislative committee following this, according to one committee member I spoke with.

 

The Alaska Children's Trust has created several documents that might be useful examples of how to educate the public, including legislators, about ACEs and their economic impact.  Here are links to 3 (*indicates Alaska specific date):  

Gail Kennedy (ACEs Connection Staff) posted:

HI Melanie- Check out the State ACEs Profiles and in CA we created community profiles for our Policymaker Awarenss day event we've held for the last couple of years. 

And finally, an article Elizabeth Prewitt wrote about engaging with legislators in home district.   
Hope this helps!

Please share what you come up with!  

fantastic stuff, Gail - thanks so much. The community profiles are great - exciting to see so much impactful work going on! Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth Prewitt, ACEs Connection Staff posted:

The Alaska Children's Trust has created several documents that might be useful examples of how to educate the public, including legislators, about ACEs and their economic impact.  Here are links to 3 (*indicates Alaska specific date):  

great stuff - thanks for passing these along, Elizabeth! Also, great article that you wrote about talking w/ legislators in our home districts on the CA ACES action site. 

Hi Gail,

Do you have the info for the "Trauma Informed Schools" we presented at Encina High School? I do not have a copy. I think working with McKinney Vento students is a very important piece of my work. Trauma is a daily event for most of these students. There as so many students struggling to survive. All schools should have a mandate for trauma informed care.

For anyone who does not know what McKinney Vento is I have posted a link of the federal law protecting the educational rights of homeless and unaccompanied youth. 

 

https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/hs/homelessdef.asp

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