Hamilton Center, Inc. selected by National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Terre Haute, IN (May 22, 2013)—Hamilton Center, Inc. is one of thirty seven behavioral health organizations across the U.S. (see list below) that have been chosen to participate in the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's 2013 Trauma-informed Behavioral Healthcare Learning Community launched in April.

Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. The adoption of trauma-informed care environments focuses on the delivery of a broad range of services including mental health, substance abuse, housing, vocational or employment support, domestic violence and victim assistance, and peer support. In all of these environments, TIC seeks to change the paradigm from one that asks, "What's wrong with you?" to one that asks, "What has happened to you?"

When a human service program takes the step to become trauma-informed, every part of its organization, management, and service delivery system is assessed and potentially modified to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services. Trauma-informed organizations, programs, and services are based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate, so that these services and programs can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatization.

Hamilton Center is creating a team that will include clinicians, executives, quality staff, and consumers. This team will begin focusing on children services with evidence-based practices.

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's learning community offers individual and group coaching by renowned national trauma experts, webinars, networking opportunities, and exclusive tools and resources. At the end of the year-long learning community, participants will be deeply immersed in implementing trauma-informed approaches and know how to:

National Council 2013 Trauma-informed Behavioral Healthcare Learning Community Participants

Arizona State Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
CenClear, Phillipsburg, PA
Chestnut Health Systems, Granite City, IL
Citizen Advocates, Malone, NY
Colorado West, Glenwood Springs, CO
Community Care Services, Lincoln Park, MI
Community Healthcore, Longview, TX
County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency, San Diego, CA
De Paul Treatment Centers, Portland, OR
DePelchin Children's Center, Houston, TX
DN Community Mental Health Centers, New Haven, CT
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, Raleigh, NC
Family & Children's Place, Louisville, KY
Gaudenzia, Philadelphia, PA
Hamilton Center, Terre Haute, IN
Henry J. Austin, Trenton, NJ
Hillsides, Pasadena, CA
Lakeview Mental Health, Geneva, NY
Linden Oaks at Edward, Naperville, IL
Mental Health Centers of Denver, Denver, CO
Midtown CMHC, Indianapolis, IN
MN Department of Human Services: Recovery Resource Center Project, St. Paul, MN
MS Department of Mental Health, Jackson, MS
Navos, Seattle, WA
North Carolina Mentor, West End, NC
North Point Behavioral Health Services, Bethesda, OH
Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, Goshen, IN
Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, CA
Pathway Caring for Children, Canton, OH
PEOPLE, Inc, Poughkeepsie, NY
People Encouraging People, Baltimore, MD
Seven Counties Services, Louisville, KY
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, San Diego, CA
TERROS, Phoenix, AZ
The ACCESS Initiative of Champaign County, Champaign, IL
The Children's Home Society of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ
Urban Peak, Denver, CO

About the National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) is the unifying voice of America's community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with our 2,000 member organizations, we serve our nation's most vulnerable citizens — the more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained nearly 100,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.

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