From: Diane Yatchmenoff, Ph.D., Director, Trauma Informed Oregon

Save the Dates!

We’re taking Trauma Informed Oregon on the road to meet with interested partners around the state. The first meeting has been scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2015 in Bend. We’ll convene a morning forum to provide information about what we’re doing, hear about what’s going on in local communities, and provide an opportunity for you to have input into our work going forward. Watch for an invitation soon. In conjunction with the community-wide forum, the Oregon Pediatric Society (OPS) will offer an evening information session for healthcare providers and clinic staff on ACEs and trauma in primary health care settings.

In June or July, we will be at the Convention Center in Seaside. We’re planning to offer training on ACEs and trauma informed care in the morning with Laura Porter, and a community forum in the afternoon. Watch for more details soon.

On May 29, 2015, we will be in southern Oregon at Taprock Event Center in Grants Pass for our community-wide forum and in Pendleton on June 19, 2015 at the Wildhorse Resort. If you are not yet on our list serve and would like to be, email us at info@traumainformedoregon.org.

Expanding our Scope through the next Biennium

The process is underway at Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to request support for the work of Trauma Informed Oregon through June 30, 2017, and to add resources to include the adult mental health and addictions service system. This would be an important step because it reflects work that is much needed and wanted by partners around the state. We’ll keep you posted on the progress and what it means for our collaborative.

Integrating Trauma Informed Care (TIC) with the Equity and Empowerment Lens

We’re very pleased to be starting a new project with the Multnomah Behavioral Health Court Collaborative through a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant is aimed at improving the response across multiple sectors to individuals who enter the criminal justice system with mental health challenges. We’ve been asked to provide training on trauma and trauma informed care but also to collaborate in developing an integrated training approach using the nationally recognized Equity and Empowerment Lens for racial and social justice.

Leveraging New Resources for Trauma Informed Care

We submitted a Letter of Inquiry last month to the Cambia Health Foundation to support a pilot project for trauma informed care at the La Pine Health Clinic and related School Based Health Centers in central Oregon. We have just been informed that we are invited to submit a full proposal, which is due mid-February. We believe that we’ll have a quick answer back, so if we’re successful, we might be starting this project as early as April 2015.