Children Recovering from Trauma (TCRFT) Initiative

November 2012

Announcing the Texas Children Recovering from Trauma (TCRFT) Initiative and grant award from the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative of SAMHSA

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) was awarded a four-year cooperative grant from the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This initiative, known as the Texas Children Recovering from Trauma (TCRFT), will focus on transforming the existing children's mental health services in Texas into trauma-informed care services. The target population of this grant is children and youth ages 3 to 17 that have been exposed or witnessed trauma or are children of military families. The initiative’s objectives will be achieved by training the workforce on trauma-informed care and cultural competence, enhancing policies and practices, and increasing the number of mental health professionals trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

DSHS is partnering with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services and Heart of Texas Region MHMR Center, which will be designated as Category III Community Treatment Services (CTS) Centers. These two centers and DSHS are now members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and are expected to: collaborate with other NCTSN grantees with similar child trauma interests; participate in collaborative Network committees and learning communities; and share in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of Network activities.

The National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC) of SAMHSA will provide training on trauma-informed care for the leadership of DSHS, Bluebonnet Trails and Heart of Texas, and a training of trainers on trauma-informed care. Over the four years, TCRFT will create a statewide strategic plan for the transformation to trauma-informed care for children’s mental health services and will engage community partners’ participation in these efforts. NCTIC will also support the statewide transformation efforts through training and technical assistance.

If you have further questions about this initiative please contact Marisol Acosta of the Children and Adolescent Services Unit of DSHS at or at 512-206-4830.

Last updated November 8, 2012