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Reforming the system: Instituting a trauma-informed model 

Research has revealed that the majority of substance use and mental health clients have experienced some form of trauma in their lives, and these experiences are often not disclosed to service providers. Advocates for trauma-informed care argue that all clients should be treated with sensitivity so as not to traumatize or retraumatize a client, whether or not the client is seeking specific treatment for trauma or has disclosed abuse or other traumas.

For an overview of trauma-informed care with youth, see the PowerPoint presentation “Recognizing Childhood Trauma and Improving Trauma Informed Care.”

For a report that identifies criteria for building a trauma-informed mental health service system, summarizes the evolution of trauma-informed and trauma-specific services in the U.S. mental health systems, and describes a range of trauma-based service models and approaches implemented by increasing numbers of state systems and localities across the United States, see Blueprint for Action: Models for Developing Trauma-Informed Behavioural Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services (PDF only).

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