West Virginia

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021]
Description: 

The Resilience for Appalachian Youth - Overcoming Trauma (RAPP) Project is a collaboration of three nonprofit comprehensive behavioral health centers (FMRS Health Systems, Inc., Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center and Seneca Health Services) in West Virginia. The RAPP Project serves children/adolescents and families (including veterans) who experience multiple traumatic experiences in an 11 county area of southern West Virginia known for poverty, poor health, drug-addicted young parents and minimal access to services. RAPP is increasing awareness of childhood trauma and trauma-informed practices throughout the state and across agencies who provide children’s services; providing training in evidence based treatment (PCIT and TF-CBT), including web-based, on-site and virtual training, to therapists throughout southern West Virginia; increasing staff and evidence-based treatment to children/adolescents with identified trauma in each of the 3 partnering centers via center, school-based and expanded use of telehealth; and collaborating with community and state stakeholders in developing and promoting policies supporting the implementation of trauma-informed services and practices across the state of WV. RAPP is collaborating with consumers and community agency leaders and a strong Evaluation Team in implementing the project and maintaining long term sustainability. RAPP is improving the quality of life and resilience of WV children and families.

City, State: 
Beckley, WV
Contact: 
Kathy Armentrout
Phone: 
(304) 256-7100

Youth Health Service, Inc. Strength Builders

Funding Period: 
[2005-2009]
Description: 

The Strength Builders Child and Adolescent Trauma Center of Youth Health Service, Inc. was developed in 2005 to serve children and adolescents aged two to 18 and their families who have experienced complex trauma in a three-county area of rural Appalachia. Since its inception, these services have expanded to incorporate a large rural area covering five counties in North Central West Virginia, to include young adults through age 24 years who have experienced intimate partner violence, and to expand trauma treatment and services in school settings in addition to traditional outpatient clinics. The program works collaboratively with a wide variety of child-serving agencies in this region to maximize the treatment opportunities for children and youth and their families who have experienced trauma. The philosophy of this program can be inferred from its title. Strength Builders recognizes that all children, teens, families, and communities have strengths that can be built upon as they move from trauma to recovery.

City, State: 
Elkins, WV
Contact: 
Peggy Johnson
Phone: 
304-636-9450
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