An estimated 60 percent of adults in the United States have experienced an adverse life event at least once in their lives, which contributes to persisting physical health, mental health and addiction problems. A trauma-informed approach equips providers with methods, tools and resources enabling them to effectively partner with patients and staff to achieve individual and community health and wellness.
The urgency to advance a trauma-informed approach within the primary care setting is widely acknowledged across the health care field. For individuals impacted by trauma, the common stresses inherent in primary care settings may result in avoidance or overuse of health services and poor management of health conditions. Additionally, the workforce is stressed striving to meet the increasing needs of the patients impacted by individual and community trauma in a high-demand, high-volume environment.
The National Council for Behavioral Health is leading the three-year initiative, Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Fostering Resilience and Recovery, to educate health care providers on trauma-informed approaches and their importance in the primary care setting.
The Trauma-Informed Primary Care initiative is supported by Kaiser Permanente.
The Practice Transformation Team
In July 2017, the National Council convened a multidisciplinary group of 11 health care stakeholders, who serve as the Practice Transformation Team for this initiative. Over the next few months, the team will develop a model for primary care providers and their behavioral health partners to effectively support patients impacted by trauma.
The process for implementing trauma-informed approaches in primary care, developed by the Practice Transformation Team, will focus on recommendations for standardized screening and assessment tools, evidence-based clinical interventions, implementation processes, relevant and replicable outcome measures and potential critical policy changes. Primary care organizations who adopt these efforts will contribute to the advancement of primary care and behavioral health integration and achievement of the Triple Aim: improving care, health and costs.
The 11 Practice Transformation Team participants include:
The Learning Community
Through a 16-month learning collaborative (starting in early 2018), selected primary care providers will begin piloting the trauma-informed model developed by the Practice Transformation Team. Primary care organizations selected for this initiative will play a significant role in shaping the future of the health care system by recognizing and responding to the significant impact that traumatic life events have on the health of patients.
Read more about the initiative in the Oct. 25, 2017 issue of Mental Health Weekly.
In the span of just a few months, a number of trauma-related incidents have occurred in this country — wildfires, hurricanes and mass shootings among them. Additionally, an estimated 60 percent of adults in the United States have experienced an adverse life event at least once in their lives, according to research pointed out by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
2015-16 Trauma-Informed Primary Care Initiative
Prior to launching the Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Fostering Resilience and Recovery initiative, the National Council implemented the Trauma-Informed Primary Care Initiative, from June 2015 to March 2016. This initiative included a Learning Community of 14 primary care organizations.
- Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services
- SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
- Types of Trauma and Violence
- What Neuroscience Teaches Us about the Treatment of Trauma
- Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse
- Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Adults
- Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation
- Competencies Needed by Health Professional for Addressing Exposure to Violence and Abuse in Patient Care
- Advancing Trauma-Informed Care
- Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Other Types of Trauma in the Primary Care Setting
Trauma-Informed Primary Care
Practice Transformation Initiative
(202) 684-7457 ext. 234