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Shelley Starkey

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House Resolution Recognizes Importance of Trauma-Informed Care

July 20, 2017 | Children and Youth | Comments
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A bipartisan House Resolution would promote the national recognition of trauma-informed care and its use within the federal government’s programs and agencies. The Resolution outlines outstanding programs and initiatives across the country, recommends the designation of a national trauma-focused awareness month, and establishes language for Representatives to refer to when discussing trauma and its treatment.


Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Danny K. Davis (D-IL) introduced the resolution, titled “Recognizing the Importance and Effectiveness of Trauma-Informed Care” (H.Res.443) last Thursday, with the support of Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker. A champion of trauma-informed care and a leader of Wisconsin’s statewide Fostering Futures initiative, Walker said this resolution “is necessary for improving the lives and well-being of children and families across the country.”


Her husband, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), commented that “The benefits of trauma-informed care reach far beyond the person affected, extending to the family, community, state, and even the nation.”


By acknowledging that millions of Americans have dealt with traumatic experiences and that such experiences have an impact on a person’s overall well-being, this resolution seeks to “deepen the understanding of the nature of trauma, the importance of prevention, and the impact that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have on brain development.”


The National Council thanks Representatives Gallagher and Davis for their dedication and leadership on this important issue. We also thank Fostering Futures for their leadership and partnership on this and other initiatives facing our nation’s children.