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National Council for Behavioral Health Strengthens Trauma-Informed Approaches in Primary Care


Joy Burwell
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National Council for Behavioral Health Strengthens Trauma-Informed Approaches in Primary Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 15, 2018) –Earlier this year, to help primary care address the impacts of trauma, the National Council for Behavioral Health, with the support of Kaiser Permanente, launched a three-year initiative, Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Fostering Resilience and Recovery. Today marks the next important phase of the initiative.

“Trauma work is not new to the National Council. With effects across the lifespan, we’ve spent the last decade implementing trauma-informed approaches within behavioral health organizations. Now, it’s time to transition that work to primary care,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council. “This project offers strategies primary care providers can implement to improve the overall health of individuals with histories of trauma.”

Over the next 14 months, seven primary care organizations will work with National Council experts to pilot resources, tools and processes developed by a team of experts designed to guide the planning, implementation and evaluation of a trauma-informed approach in primary care.

“After continuous work on trauma-informed care, we are generally convinced that the prevention and treatment of interpersonal trauma is one of the most important tasks for our country and our agency. Trauma-informed care is what has been missing in our care all along, and we need to continue our concentrated efforts to share this approach and put it at the forefront of our approach to integrated care,” said Jennifer Perlman, coordinator of trauma-informed care for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, one of the seven selected organizations.

The selected participants are:

  • Malama I Ke Ola – Wailuku, Hawaii
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless – Denver, Colo.
  • Richmond Behavioral Health Authority – Richmond, Va.
  • Zufall Health Center – Dover, N.J.
  • Peninsula Community Health Services – Bremerton, Wash.
  • Oregon Health & Science University, Family Medicine at Richmond Clinic – Portland, Ore.
  • Willamette Family, Inc. – Eugene, Ore.

Read more on Linda’s Corner Office Blog: Healing Health Care: Addressing Trauma in Primary Care 


The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1 million Americans have been trained. For more information, please visit

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