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County of Santa Clara Sponsoring Training on Trauma-Informed Responses in the Criminal Justice System

County Executive’s Office of Reentry Services to Offer Half-Day Training For Criminal Justice Professionals
The County of Santa Clara Reentry Services Office will host a half-day training on how being trauma-informed may improve criminal justice system responses. 
Programs based on the trauma informed model include ensuring clients feel respected, connected and hopeful about their recovery; recognizing the interrelation between trauma and symptoms, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety; and working in a collaborative way with clients, family and human services agencies to empower survivors and clients.
This training is co-sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral and Justice Transformation is providing the instruction, to increase understanding of the impact of trauma in individuals in contact with the criminal justice system; develop trauma informed responses, and provide strategies for improving policies.
Participants include representatives from the County Office of Reentry Services, Court, Probation, Correction, Mental Health, Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS), Custody Health; and adult reentry services community services organizations working with the County as contractors.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Reentry Resource Center Auditorium
151 W. Mission St. San Jose, CA
Research shows that between 85 and 90 percent of the criminal justice population has experienced at least one traumatic experience in their life. According to SAMHSA, when a human service program becomes trauma-informed, every part of its organization, management, and service delivery system is assessed and potentially modified, to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects individuals seeking services.

Trauma-informed organizations, programs, and services focus on vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate, so that these services and programs can more effectively support and avoid re-traumatization. A model that encourages awareness and knowledge trauma-informed responses and approach when working with the reentry population will build trust and streamline services delivery to the clients.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Buu Thai, Coordinator, County Reentry Services (408)535-4220
Posted: January 27, 2014