National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.

The NCTSN mission is achieved through the work of network members and partners who work together within and across diverse settings to offer training, support, and resources to providers who work with children and families exposed to a wide range of traumatic experiences, including physical and sexual abuse; domestic, school, and community violence; natural disasters, terrorism, and challenges for military families; and life-threatening injury and illness. The NCTSN Centers collaborate to develop, implement, and evaluate effective trauma treatment and services, and partner with other community agencies to promote service delivery approaches so that trauma services are effectively implemented within local child-serving community service systems.

NCTSN Structure:  The organizational structure is comprised of three highly collaborative components:

Level I- The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and SAMHSA

Activities: The NCCTS develops and maintains the Network structure, facilitates collaborative activities among members and programs, oversees resource development, provides technical assistance, and coordinates national training and education efforts for NCTSN. The NCCTS is housed jointly at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Duke University Medical Center.

Level II- Treatment and Services Adaption Centers

Activities: Level II Centers provide National Expertise on special types of traumatic events, population groups, and service systems and support the specialized adaptations of effective treatment and service approaches for community across the country.

There are 17 Level II Centers in the Network. The closest both geographically and with regard to programmatic focus to Project Intersect, is the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. The specific focus of the MUSC program is trauma-informed interventions and resources for traumatized adolescents.In addition, MUSC received supplemental funding to target the Southeastern Region to increase capacity and access to evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions. GCCA is working with MUSC to coordinate our efforts to improve trauma-focused care in Georgia.

Level III- Community Treatment and Service Centers

Activities: Level III Centers implement and evaluate effective treatment and services in community settings and youth serving systems and collaborate with network centers on clinical issues, services approaches, policy, financing, and training issues.

As a Level III member of the network, GCCA and Project Intersect access resources, activities, and trainings produced by the organizations and members of NCTSN. We also collaborate with organizations and individuals within the network who have expertise with the evidence-based treatments we are providing and the specific population we are serving, as well as experts in program development, implementation science, and dissemination practices.

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