Trauma-informed care initiative in Chautauqua County

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County is one of the sites selected by The National Council for Behavioral Health to participate in the 2014 Trauma-informed Behavioral Healthcare Learning Community. Twenty-seven behavioral health organizations across the U.S. were selected to receive a year of individual and group coaching and consultation by renowned national trauma experts, webinars, networking opportunities, and exclusive tools and resources.

Trauma-informed approaches include:

Improve or implement screening and assessment for trauma

Increase trauma survivors’ engagement to improve outcomes

Develop and sustain a trauma-informed, educated, and responsive workforce

Address secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue among staff

Provide emerging and evidence-based trauma-informed best practices

Create physically and psychologically safe and secure environments

Engage and build trauma-informed community partnerships

Building on the system of care initiative for children, the model Family Court Initiative, local training and University at Buffalo key trainings; the Chautauqua model seeks to work with all interested child- and family-serving entities to transform organizational culture through critical policy and practice changes, implement evidence-based practices, expand consumer and peer support roles, and partner with diverse human and social services agencies to provide community-wide trauma awareness and training.

For more about the local Learning Community contact Rachel M. Ludwig by phone at 753-4507 or by email at For more information about Trauma-informed Care, visit the following sites:;, or visit the new Wikipedia site for Adverse Childhood Experiences at