Tifton hosts latest Complex Childhood Trauma Summit

Tifton, GA — Judges, child welfare workers, court attorneys, school leaders, and stakeholders met on December 12, 2014, to discuss complex trauma in children known to our state child welfare and juvenile justice system.   The day-long Complex Childhood Trauma Summit took place at the University of Georgia, Tifton Campus Conference Center.
Three agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – jointly issued a letter calling for state directors of child welfare, Medicaid, and mental health authorities to strengthen their efforts to address complex trauma. The letter provides useful and actionable information about federal authority and funding streams, strategies for coordinating cross-system efforts, and good practices for integrating evidence-based screening, assessment, and interventions related to complex trauma.
altGeorgia agencies are responding to the challenge and delivering specific action steps in a series of regional complex trauma summits across the state. Judge Render Heard, Jr., Tifton Circuit Juvenile Court, hosted the fourth and final installment of these summits. Opening remarks were delivered by Lei Ellingson, M.P.P., Associate Director, Carter Center Mental Health Program. The keynote speaker, Judge Peggy Walker, Douglas County Juvenile Court and President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges,  presented “What is the Science Telling Us to Do for Children Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma?” 
The Complex Childhood Trauma Summit was sponsored by the Carter Center, the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children, Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, Casey Family Programs, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, and the State Bar of Georgia Child Protection and Advocacy Section.  Earlier summits were held in Atlanta, Savannah, and Dahlonega.
For more information visit the following: www.complextrauma.us.

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