Care Compass Network (CCN) and the CCN Regional Trauma-Informed Care (RTIC) team is proud to further expand trauma-informed care implementation within the Southern Tier by selecting Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network to participate in the CCN RTIC Community-based Organization pilot program. The Core Implementation team (CIT) at Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network will be supported by Emily Jones, CCN Project Manager as they implement trauma-informed care approaches, adopt an effective and sensitive trauma screening with follow up care processes, and strengthen their referral pathways to community resources and treatments. Pilot lessons learned and successes will be shared across the CCN 9-county service area to further support the expansion effort of TIC.
With so many uncertainties, creating and adopting a trauma-sensitive environment that promotes optimal child development is a community priority for CCN and the RTIC team. Challenges or stressful experiences facing our young developing children and families may greatly impact the physical, social, and emotional well-being of our developing youth, as well as the adults caring for them. The time is now to move the Trauma Informed movement forward.
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)/ traumas have been on the rise. The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this issue – not only regionally, but also nationally. The needs of young children, adolescents, families, and the community as a whole, have intensified during this pandemic as people experience stress and grief due to loss of employment, family stability, relationships, and other social support.
The Science Behind ACEs:
Pre-COVID research showed that 67% reported at least one ACE while 13% reported having four or more ACEs. Multiple studies have shown that those with a higher number of ACEs reported tend to have a higher risk for chronic disease as an adult, are three times more at risk for heart disease or lung cancer, and there is a 20-year difference in life expectancy for those with high ACE scores that are left untreated.
As part of CCN’s commitment to promote a culturally sensitive workforce and improve the health and wellbeing for our community, the Regional Trauma-Informed Care Network Team strongly feels a duty to advance the adoption and operationalization of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) practices and principles across settings. At its core, we believe TIC should be the minimal standard of care to afford the children, families, communities, educators, clinicians, professionals, caregivers, and the most vulnerable in our community to achieve and maintain a higher quality of care, as well as the opportunity to thrive.
CCN and the RTIC team will be working closely with Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network – focusing on four key priorities: 1.) Training of all staff on Trauma-Informed Care, ACEs, Trauma, and their impact; 2.) Developing an effective and sensitive trauma screening and follow-up care process; 3.) Building a strong referral system; and 4.) Implementing a TIC approach across the continuum that advances the importance of health and wellness programs for staff, patients, and families that help them not only heal, but thrive.
“Care Compass Network’s Trauma-Informed Care Pilot Program increases the opportunity and capacity for all Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network staff to be educated and trained in evidence-based practices to better engage, serve, and assist clients that we serve,” shares Linda Ruffo, Director of Family Support Services at Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network. “Our expectation is to fully integrate trauma-informed standards of care into all programs on a permanent basis and to build an emotionally fit workforce equipped to support the community.”