An update on the South Carolina trauma initiative

Karen J. Cusack, Christopher B. Wells, Anouk L. Grubaugh, Thomas G. Hiers, B. Christopher Frueh

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Seven years ago the South Carolina Department of Mental Health developed a statewide effort to improve its response to consumers who are trauma survivors. The initiative's goals included sensitizing stakeholders to the impact of trauma, influencing policies, educating and training clinicians, addressing concerns about the safety and dignity of psychiatric settings (for example, sanctuary trauma), and increasing knowledge by supporting a strong empirical research platform. In the brief report presented here, the authors describe the past seven years in terms of obstacles encountered, progress, and future directions of this initiative in the hope of providing information and guidance to other state systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-710
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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