Vermont has taken significant steps to improve trauma-informed services across the state and within the community mental health system. Through a SAMHSA-funded grant (2009-2012), the Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) was a Community Treatment and Services Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) designed to improve trauma informed care across the community mental health system as well as the larger system of care. DMH collaborated with key stakeholders in the children’s mental health system of care to establish the Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative to implement a best practice called the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competencies (ARC) Framework in Vermont’s community mental health system.
The VCTC is a virtual collaborative comprised of 10 designated agencies, one special service agency and one private group practice serving all regions of the state. Three to six clinicians at each site formed local ARC community treatment and services teams. Clinicians received intensive training and consultation with The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (Massachusetts) on the ARC Framework. The trauma treatment services targeted children ages 3-18 who have experienced complex trauma, and their families. Some VCTC sites also implemented Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and/or Child & Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). Additionally, VCTC completed a train-the-trainer series for mental health providers and community partners to provide overview trauma trainings to community partners.
For more information about the Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative, contact Laurel Omland at firstname.lastname@example.org.