The Center for Success and Independence has created Safety Acceptance Freedom Empowerment (S.A.F.E), which will provide services to the Harris County, Texas, juvenile justice program including trauma-informed screening, assessment, and treatment services to adolescents; new trauma-informed and trauma-focused practices in its residential program; and systems changes through consensus building, training, and technical assistance. S.A.F.E targets these youth, aged 12-17, because of the high prevalence of PTSD in this population, and because studies show a link between traumatic stress and escalating delinquency.
Key objectives during the three-year project period include: 1) screening 330 adolescents for PTSD at Harris County Juvenile Probation (HCJP) sites; 2) providing trauma-informed assessment and residential treatment using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to 96 adolescents; 3) implementing at least one new trauma-informed practice and one new trauma-focused intervention in the Center's residential program, with new services delivered to 64 adolescents; 4) providing a minimum of 8 hours of training and 24 hours of technical assistance to HCJP staff in trauma-informed services provision; and 5) providing five additional training events for HCJP providers.
Mindy Kronenberg was the former site coordinator for the LSUHSC Early Trauma Treatment Network site and training coordinator of the Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center. Dr. Kronenberg remains involved in the Zero to Six and Schools Workgroups and is a Child Parent Psychotherapy trainer. She is currently working in Memphis, TN and collaborating with local agencies to increase access to infant mental health and trauma services.
Carrie Epstein was formerly senior director of the Safe Horizon Center for Child Innovation in Brooklyn, NY. Currently she is in private practice. She is also a faculty member at Yale where she will continue to adapt and disseminate the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, the early intervention/secondary prevention model for children exposed to potentially traumatic events.
Jim Van Den Brandt is the former clinical area manager of Integrated Services and director of Adolescent Trauma Treatment at the Mental Health Center of Dane County in Madison, WI. Jim has contributed to the development of numerous Network products, provided training and leadership on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices, and helped various systems become more trauma-focused and evidence-based. Jim is currently the mental health services manager for Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI and he remains involved with a variety of Network activities and product development efforts.
Ann Kelley is the former director of Healing the Hurt. She is now the Director of Residential Services for Omni Visions and incorporates her expertise in child trauma in the agency's assessment, treatment, and training and foster care activities.
Donna Humbert was project director of the Trauma Intervention Center for Children & Adolescents in Nashville, Tennessee. She is now clinical director at Nashville's TASK Center, a residential treatment center for adolescent males who have had minor legal charges or are unable to live at home. She focuses on strengthening evidence-based services for adolescents and their families.
Marla Himmeger initially participated in NCTSN activities through the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. She has been involved in organizing Ohio's Childhood Trauma Task Force and continues to participate in NCTSN activities.
Kristine Buffington was project director of the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. She is now working with Valko and Associates. She remains active on the NCTSN Juvenile Delinquency Committee and is active on the Ohio Department of Mental Health Child Trauma Task Force.