Partnership improves services to child victims of trauma in state

  • Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC) announces South Carolina Trauma Practice Initiative (SCTPI), a partnership that will improve services to children who are victims of trauma. The SCTPI is a collaborative learning project conducted by Project BEST (Bringing Empirically Supported Treatment) to ensure that all abused children and their families receive effective, evidence-supported mental health services. It is a partnership between Project BEST, The Duke Endowment, the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SC DSS) and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SC DMH). Training will equip mental health clinicians with the knowledge, skills and materials to deliver Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Treatment (TF-CBT), an evidence supported intervention. Also SC DSS caseworkers will be trained to integrate evidence based mental health interventions into treatment and service plans. DNLCC and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina serve as the Project BEST coordinating centers.

The work of Project BEST and the development and utilization of the Community Based Learning Collaborative model has been ground breaking. Other states are now seeking training from Project BEST as they seek to implement evidence based treatments designed to change their response to child trauma. Project BEST, developed and delivered by South Carolina experts in the field of trauma across public and private agencies, places South Carolina in a positive leadership position in the country in recognizing and properly treating children and families impacted by trauma.

This project is an exemplary example of public-private partnership as it involves a private foundation, The Duke Endowment; a not for profit community agency, The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center; public entities, the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina; the South Carolina Department of Social Services and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Each partner is providing resources in support of this statewide project, and is committed to coordination and collaboration in working together to improve outcomes for abused and traumatized children and their families.

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