Complex Childhood Trauma Summit to be held at University of North GA

DAHLONEGA, GA — Judges, child welfare workers, court attorneys, school leaders, and stakeholders are invited to meet on June 27, 2014, to discuss complex trauma in children known to our state child welfare and juvenile justice system.   The Complex Childhood Trauma Summit will take place at the University of North Georgia’s Health and Natural Sciences Building, Room 232, from 8:30 am to 12 noon.


Three agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – jointly issued a letter calling for state directors of child welfare, Medicaid, and mental health authorities to strengthen their efforts to address complex trauma. The letter provides useful and actionable information about federal authority and funding streams, strategies for coordinating cross-system efforts, and good practices for integrating evidence-based screening, assessment, and interventions related to complex trauma.


Georgia agencies are responding to the challenge and delivering specific actions steps in a series of regional complex trauma summits across the state. Judge Jerry Bruce, Enotah Circuit Juvenile Court, will host the third of these summits. Opening remarks will be delivered by Lei Ellingson, M.P.P., Associate Director, Carter Center Mental Health Program. The keynote speaker, Judge Peggy Walker, Douglas Circuit Juvenile Court and President-Elect of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, will present “What is the Science Telling Us to Do for Children Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma?” 


The Complex Childhood Trauma Summit is sponsored by the Carter Center, the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children, Administrative Office of the Courts, Casey Family Programs, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, and the State Bar of Georgia Child Protection and Advocacy Section.  The first two summits were held in Atlanta and Savannah.