Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How Well Are Traumatized Children Receiving Care as a Result of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative?

01/01/2012

 

The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) focuses on addressing child trauma issues. The Initiative provides Federal support for a national, science-based network of organizations that work to improve treatment and services for child trauma, expand availability and accessibility of effective community services, and promote better understanding of clinical and research issues relevant to effective interventions for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. The cross-site evaluation assessed the effectiveness of NCTSI as a whole, including the Network's impact as a national resource for enhancing the standard and quality of care for children and their families affected by traumatic stress.

 

The Core Data Set (CDS) collects information regarding child and family demographics, presenting problems, trauma history, and psychosocial information. There are currently 1,793 active cases, with a mean age of 10.7, in the CDS. Most common trauma types experienced by youth were domestic violence, traumatic loss or bereavement, and impaired caregiver. Over time, youth show significant improvements in depression, generalized anxiety, and attachment problems. The Trauma-Informed Services Survey found that during the year, 1,623 people were trained. Trainings about clinical interventions and psychoeducation were among the most common training types. Most participants reported positively about the strengths of the training, but nearly 22.3% anticipated barriers that might prevent them from putting knowledge and skills into practice. The Network Collaboration Survey found that a moderate degree of collaboration is occurring for many key activities of the Network, with the greatest level of collaboration occurring for the development of products. Collaboration in this domain appears to have become more diffuse in 2010, with many centers playing a key role in the Network for this core activity. In contrast, although a high level of collaboration is occurring for the delivery of trainings, grantees continue to rely on smaller number of centers for the delivery of their trainings.

 

Report Title: The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) Cross-site Evaluation Annual Progress Report

Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Ken Curl, 240-276-1779
Performer: ICF Consulting Group, Inc.
Record ID: 8729 (Report issued March 31, 2010)

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Report Title: The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) Cross-site Evaluation
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Ken Curl, 240-276-1779
Performer: Macro International, Inc.
Record ID: 8889 (Report issued December 1, 2010)

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