The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Center for Child and Family Advocacy (CCFA) and Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital a $1.2 million three-year federal grant to become a National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Community Treatment and Services Center.
This grant funding will support the training of mental health providers in additional evidence-based treatments and a care management system to help eliminate treatment barriers for families, in addition to allowing for further integration of medication and psychotherapy services. This support will address the needs of children and adolescents who have experienced severe psychiatric disorders and complex trauma. Complex trauma refers to diverse difficulties that result from early, chronic exposure to maltreatment.
Nancy Cunningham, PsyD, Behavioral Health Services Clinical Director; Jack Stevens, PhD, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s; and Shari Uncapher, LISW, CCFA Clinical Manager for Family Support Services, are responsible for the grant award. Cunningham will provide clinical and administrative oversight of health care providers and foster working relationships with local referral sources, state agencies, and other SAMHSA centers across the country. As Principal Investigator, Stevens will monitor clinical outcomes and systematically study the need for cultural adaptations to these treatment approaches. Uncapher will provide clinical and administrative oversight to trauma treatment therapists. Brandon Strange, MD, Behavioral Health Services, will serve as the project's consulting psychiatrist.
Yvette McGee Brown, President of the CCFA and Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital, said, “SAMHSA grants are extremely competitive and we are delighted to be selected. This funding will enable us to enhance our care to the most traumatized children and families we serve as we assist them in achieving the healthy, productive life they deserve.”