State partners with local organization to expand trauma care services  

State partners with local organization to expand trauma care services  

The New York State Office of Mental Health plans to partner with Rochester-based Coordinated Care Services Inc. to expand the Trauma-Informed Network and Resource Center.

This statewide network was established in 2016 to better understand trauma and the ways in which it impacts health and wellbeing, as well as increasing the availability of trauma-informed services throughout the state.  

The state office said it will be providing $9.5 million in funding over the next five years to drive the continued expansion of the network. 

Among the TINRC’s efforts will be updating the website to include a range of services available, expand trauma-informed training capacity across the state, provide employers with training resources needed to support wellness at work, provide frontline workers with easy access to resources to help reduce the impact of traumatic stress and build the resources and educational materials needed to respond in real-time to emerging traumatic events.

“The need has never been greater to support the expansion of equity-focused, trauma-responsive practice,” said Elizabeth Meeker, a Brighton-based psychologist who will be leading the Trauma-Informed Network and Resource Center at CCSI. “This investment by the state acknowledges the toll that adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, violence and the trauma arising from systemic and structural racism have on individuals and communities.” 

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