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Practical Guide for Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach

June 21, 2023

SAMHSA has issued a new Practical Guide for Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach (TIA). The primary goal of this guide is to expand the discussion presented in SAMHSA’s previous resources on trauma (Concept of Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services).

The guide specifically focuses on tools and strategies for implementing a TIA and highlights the need for organizational assessment of readiness and capacity before implementing TIA; and describes strategies for such assessments. The guide also describes implementation strategies across the following 10 domains: Training and Workforce Development; Governance and Leadership; Cross Sector Collaboration; Financing; Physical Environment; Engagement and Involvement; Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Services; Progress Monitoring and Quality Assurance; Policy; and Evaluation. The guide is intended for anyone involved in organization-level change, including practitioners, state and local officials, policy makers, federal and non-federal funders, peers, and family members.

View the Practical Guide for Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach here.

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