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February 2012Vol. 13, No. 1SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

Since 2005, the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) has worked to foster the implementation of trauma-informed care in publicly funded systems and programs, with the goal of moving people toward healing and wellness. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), NCTIC offers technical assistance, education, outreach, and resources to a variety of human service systems, including child welfare, domestic violence, and mental health, among others.

NCTIC operates with the understanding that trauma can trigger and often lead to mental health disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, HIV and AIDS, run-ins with the criminal justice system, and more. When service delivery systems become trauma-informed, there is a greater chance of supporting service recipients and reducing the risk of recurrent trauma.

The NCTIC website provides referral and support services information and examples of trauma-specific interventions. For more information, visit the website: