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Pamela Hyde, Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

“Children exposed to violence are more likely to develop later mental and substance use problems.  It is important for behavioral health professionals and those working in related child serving fields (e.g. child welfare, juvenile justice, and health care) to engage families to prevent violence and provide an integrated system of trauma screening and intervention to help children exposed to violence and other traumas. Exposure to violence is associated with higher rates of negative outcomes including depression, anxiety and impulsive, aggressive and risky behavior such as substance use. Children and youth exposed to violence are often brought to behavioral health professionals due to their symptoms or behavior. It is critical to understand these symptoms and behaviors in the context of their environment and experiences.
Adults may respond to a child’s behavior as a discipline problem without addressing root issues such as past trauma. Creating a safe environment for children and youth through trauma-informed care and identifying and addressing exposure to various types of trauma and violence can make a huge positive impact in a young person’s life.”

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Models for Developing Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services National Association of State Mental Health Directors and the National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (2004)
The service models described in this guide are designed for women receiving mental health and/or substance abuse services who have been traumatized by violence and abuse during their childhood and/or adolescence. Contents include models for developing trauma-informed services and systems and status of research. The guide concludes with next steps for State mental health systems and provider organizations.

Exposure to Violence Toolkit Chicago Safe Start
This is a collection of brief introductions to issues related to children's exposure to violence in order to expand the public's knowledge and strengthen their responses to young children. Contents for each topic include background information, signs and symptoms, positive interventions, and extended learning opportunities.

Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and Their Families Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (2011)
This online tutorial is designed to help early childhood mental health consultants understand trauma, recognize the developmental context of trauma in early childhood, and extend their own knowledge for intervention through consultation. Contents include types and impact of trauma experienced by young children, signs and symptoms, and resources.

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents (2010)
Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents is a training curriculum designed to be taught by a mental health professional and foster parent as co-facilitators. It includes nine case studies of representative foster children from the ages of eight months to 15 years, as well as cases of secondary traumatic stress in parents. The package includes Facilitator's Guide, a Participant Handbook, and a multi-part Slide Kit.

Biography of Pamela Hyde, Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Ms. Hyde is an attorney and comes to SAMHSA with more than 30 years experience in management and consulting for public healthcare and human services agencies. She has served as a state mental health director, state human services director, city housing and human services director, as well as CEO of a private non-profit managed behavioral healthcare firm. In 2003 she was appointed cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department by Gov. Bill Richardson, where she worked effectively to provide greater access to quality health services for everyone.

Ms. Hyde is a member of or has served as a consultant to many national organizations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the American College of Mental Health Administration, the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the United States Department of Justice. She has been recognized by many groups, including the American Medical Association, the National Governor's Association and the Seattle Management Association, for her creativity and leadership in policy and program development and in organizational management issues. She has received special acknowledgment for her ability to build teams, develop coalitions and consensus, develop strategic plans and form the basis for action and achieve identified goals in a constantly changing environment.


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