About Trauma Informed Oregon

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Purpose

In June of 2014, the Oregon Health Authority, Health Systems Division (formerly Addictions and Mental Health Division), contracted with Portland State University, in partnership with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the Oregon Pediatric Society (OPS), to initiate a statewide collaboration to promote and sustain trauma informed care across child- and family-serving systems. In July of 2015, the scope of this collaboration was expanded to include adult serving behavioral health systems. Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) was created in recognition of the impact that adverse experiences in childhood have on long-term health outcomes and represents a commitment at the state level to promote prevention and to bring policies and practices into better alignment with the principles of trauma informed care.

Trauma Informed Oregon serves as a centralized source of information and resources and coordinates and provides training for healthcare and related systems. Trauma Informed Oregon works with state agencies, state and local providers, communities, family and youth organizations, and diverse constituents to bring many voices and perspectives to the table to learn from one another and to advocate for informed policies and practices to promote healing and support wellbeing for all of Oregon’s children, adults, and families. Get answers to commonly asked questions on our FAQs page.

Mission

Trauma Informed Oregon is a statewide collaborative aimed at preventing and ameliorating the impact of adverse experiences on children, adults, and families. Trauma Informed Oregon works in partnership with providers, individuals with lived experience, and families to promote and sustain trauma informed policies and practices across physical, mental, and behavioral health systems and to disseminate promising strategies to support wellness and resilience.

Background

Complex and prolonged trauma can have profound effects on physical, mental and behavioral health outcomes across the lifespan. The publication of ACE research beginning in 1998 brought the impact of early childhood trauma into public awareness and resulted in greater national attention to supportive services needed by young children who have experienced adverse and traumatic events. More recently, promising practices have begun to emerge that promise to buffer children, adults and families from the effects of adverse experiences and to prevent their most negative consequences.

In Oregon, efforts to recognize and respond to the impact of trauma have emerged across multiple service systems. In 2006, the Addiction and Mental Health Division (then a part of the Department of Human Services) wrote the first state policy on trauma.

In 2012, the Children’s System Advisory Committee (CSAC, advisory to Addiction and Mental Health, AMH) identified the impact of trauma on children and youth with mental health challenges as a priority in its annual work plan. The resulting workgroup, composed of state leaders, providers, family members of children with emotional challenges and youth with lived experience in the mental health system, prepared and circulated a white paper on trauma informed care followed by a proposed state policy. The white paper and its recommendations were instrumental in the development of the state’s trauma informed care policy.

The advent of healthcare transformation and the integration of physical, mental and behavioral health in Oregon, provides a unique opportunity to change the way trauma and adverse childhood events are perceived and responded to by service providers and the public in general. To this end, TIO was initiated through the child mental health leadership of AMH and CSAC, and made possible by the vision of state legislators.

What You Can Expect

  • A centralized repository of information and resources for providers, youth, individuals seeking or receiving services,  family members,  and stakeholders.
  • Coordination of training and systems-change efforts across systems and around the state.
  • Workforce development through education and training of professionals in healthcare, social work, education, and other fields that influence children, adults, and families.
  • Support for community-based healthcare and related systems to incorporate the principles of trauma informed care into policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Opportunities to share experiences, ideas, and concerns while having  input into state policy and local priorities.

Leadership Team

Trauma Informed Oregon’s Leadership Team is comprised of a core group of stakeholders and advocates for the health of Oregon’s children and families from Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute, Oregon Health & Science University’s department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Oregon Pediatric Society, Oregon Health Authority, Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA),  Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon, Oregon Foster Youth Connection and Oregon Family Support Network.

About Trauma Informed OregonThe Leadership Team’s role includes:

  • Ensuring that the working of Trauma Informed Oregon reflects collaborative, trauma-informed, culturally-attuned, and inclusive practice.
  • Building and strengthening ongoing collaboration and connection with community partners across the state.
  •  Inviting and incorporating feedback from the collaborative and community partners.
  • Working jointly to fulfill TIO’s mission and contractual obligations.

Leadership Team Members:

Ariana Archer, Peer Support Director, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon

Malcolm M. Aquinas, Peer Recovery Specialist, Oregon State Hospital

Sandy Bumpus, MSW, Executive Director, Oregon Family Support Network

Kathleen Burns, MS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Specialist, Oregon Health Authority

Keith Cheng, MD, Medical Director, Oregon Health & Science University

Beckie Child, MSW, Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University’s School of Social Work, Mental Health Advocate

Mandy Davis,  PhD, LCSW, Professor of Practice, Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work, Portland State University,  Trauma Informed Oregon Director

Daniel Droppers, MSW, Regional Health Equity Coalition Coordinator, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Oregon Health Authority

Terry Ellis, LCSW, Clinical Director, Youth and Family Services, Native American Rehabilitation Association

Nurit Fischler, MPH, Maternal and Child Health System Policy Analyst, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority

Teri Pettersen, MD, Pediatrician, Oregon Pediatric Society

Kye Phillips, PSU student, Independent Living Program

Julie Scholz,  Executive Director, Oregon Pediatric Society

Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition

Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition (OTAC) is comprised of a core group of youth from around Oregon who are participating on a monthly youth council to develop trauma informed resources and tools, and give input to improve systems for youth at the local and state level. For youth to find out more information or to apply to OTAC, contact info@traumainformedoregon.org.

OTAC Members:

Ariana Archer, Chair, Oregon City

Alicia Jones, Member, Roseburg

Kenzie Butts, Member, West Linn

Rachael Bradley, Member, Roseburg

Kimberly Brown, Member, Medford

Kathleen Burns, Adult Ally, Salem

Lauren Conn, Member, Beaverton

Lisa McMahon, Adult Ally, Portland

Kye Phillips, Chair, Beaverton

Viktoria Rosqvist, Member, Portland

Erin Taylor, Adult Ally, Newberg

Steven Thompson, Member, Eugene

Trauma Informed Oregon Collaborative

To support and strengthen the work of Trauma Informed Oregon, a broad group of stakeholders is being convened to represent the needs and interests of our constituents, including individuals with lived experience, youth and families, public and private partner systems, and providers across multiple service systems. For more information or to join the collaborative, contact info@traumainformedoregon.org.

Trauma Informed Oregon Staff

Mandy Davis, PhD, LCSW, Director  madavis@pdx.edu

Lee Ann Phillips, MSW, Center Manager  lphil@pdx.edu

Camilla Pettle, Assistant Manager  pcamilla@pdx.edu

Ana Hristic, MA, CSWA, Education and Training Coordinator  ahristic@pdx.edu

Diane K. Yatchmenoff, PhD, Special Projects  yatchmd@pdx.edu

Beckie Child, MSW,  Adult Service Coordinator and Mental Health Advocate  beckiec@pdx.edu

Stephanie Sundborg, MS, Trainer/Consultant  ssund2@pdx.edu

Kelly Myers, Graduate Research Assistant

Isha Charlie-McNeely, Research Assistant

Karah Frank, Field Student

Jemila Hart, Field Student

Erin Taylor, Field Student

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