Solicitation for Applications
SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), known nationally for its work regarding people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system, is soliciting applications from communities interested in its How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training. The target audiences for this training are community-based criminal justice system professionals, including police, community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services officers), court personnel, and other human service providers.
This opportunity is available in one of two formats:
- How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses Training Delivery
- How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Event
The GAINS Center will offer the training events free of charge to 10 selected communities between February 2015 and August 2015. Since the purpose of this training initiative is to offer targeted technical assistance and training to prepared communities in the field, there are no fees for registration, tuition, or materials associated with these trainings. If these trainings are of interest to your community, please review the solicitation and submit your completed application form to the GAINS Center no later than December 5, 2014.
To download the How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training delivery/train-the-trainer solicitation, click here.
We thank you in advance for your interest, and look forward to reviewing your application.
Although prevalence estimates vary, there is consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of trauma experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increase risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
To raise awareness about trauma and its effects among criminal justice professionals, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center developed a training curriculum, How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses.
How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses is a half-day training for criminal justice professionals to:
- Increase understanding and awareness of the impact of trauma,
- Develop trauma-informed responses, and
- Provide strategies for developing and implementing trauma-informed policies.
Trauma-informed criminal justice responses can help to avoid re-traumatizing individuals, and thereby increase safety for all, decrease recidivism, and promote and support recovery of justice-involved women and men with serious mental illness. Partnerships across systems can also help to link individuals to trauma-informed services and treatment for trauma.
This highly interactive training is specifically tailored to community-based criminal justice professionals including:
- Community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services officers)
- Court personnel
For more information about this training, including details about making this training accessible in your community, contact the GAINS Center.
National Database of GAINS Center Trauma-Informed Responses Trainers
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