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Florida State Agencies Celebrate Trauma-Informed Care Day

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Florida Trauma-Informed Care Day Proclamation

Tallahassee, FL -- Four Florida state agencies hosted a joint press conference Monday at the Capitol in recognition of Trauma-Informed Care Day.

The departments of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Children and Families (DCF), Health (DOH), the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) celebrated their partnership in recognizing and addressing the impact of trauma on the children, youth adults and families they serve. Gov. Charlie Crist in October issued a proclamation designating November 1, 2010, as Trauma-Informed Care Day.

“It is a very special day for us,” DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. said. “Today, we collectively commit to ensuring that trauma will be acknowledged and addressed throughout all systems in the State of Florida. By providing Trauma-Informed services, our agencies will strengthen families, turn around lives of troubled youth and give each child an opportunity to realize success.”

"Through our interagency collaboration, we've been able to made great strides in developing common trauma terminology, common training information and expectations in the way we serve children, youth and adults in our system," Secretary Sheldon said. "This will go a long way in reducing practices that re-traumatize the people in our care."

It is estimated that most children in the juvenile justice system have experienced prior trauma, which can induce them to take a self-destructive path. Trauma-Informed Care addresses the impact that traumatic experiences and events have on individuals, and emphasizes sensitive and responsive services designed to promote healing.

Trauma-Informed Care also is being integrated into the child welfare system. Both DJJ and DCF conducted statewide trainings over the summer for state and provider staffs to incorporate Trauma-Informed Care principles into their services.

In addition to Peterman, speakers included DCF Secretary George Sheldon and DOH Deputy Secretary for Health Shairi Turner.

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DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman, Jr. (speaking), DCF Secretary George Sheldon, and DOH Deputy Secretary for Health Shairi Turner