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Improve the quality of and expand access to community-based services

Many current policies and practices serve to sustain silos and often inhibit interprofessional communication and wraparound referrals between organizations, agencies, and entities with which community members interface. CTIPP recognizes that overcoming these barriers requires addressing and preventing trauma and its impacts require breaking down barriers that thwart equitable access to quality, whole-person care.


CTIPP promotes the use of upstream cross-sector, cross-system approaches to shift policy and practice in ways that have been shown to promote individual and population-level wellness, trauma recovery, and health equity.


  • Reimburse the provision of evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising practices demonstrated to promote trauma recovery through public healthcare coverage programs

  • Devise standards, evaluation mechanisms, and accountability practices to ensure community-based programming, resources, and services are accessible, equitable, and meet the unique, individualized needs of each community they are intended to serve through a trauma-informed lens

  • Require that people with lived experience and members of trauma-impacted communities and groups be represented where proposed legislation or existing law calls for task forces, committees, or other entities to convene to guide the creation, implementation, or evaluation of standards for service delivery

  • Support organizations, agencies, and service systems in working with community partners to make services more responsive and accessible to those who have experienced trauma

  • Increase quality of, access to, and funding to support community-based services that uphold traditional cultural healing practices and reflect the diversity of each unique community

  • Provide funding for technical assistance for implementing trauma-informed change within service systems, including but not limited to upgrading physical environments to promote physical and psychological safety, training and coaching for the workforce, implementing a broader menu of evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising practices demonstrated to promote healing from trauma, etc.

  • Establish and fund mechanisms to provide ongoing community-wide education to enhance the overall understanding of the nature and impacts of trauma, as well as local resources available to address trauma

  • Engage cross-sector, cross-system trauma-informed capacity-building efforts such that communities are poised to build resilience and effect meaningful, sustainable change, even after initial funding runs out

  • Devise mechanisms for the exchange of information to promote cross-sector, cross-system care coordination, communication, and referrals that incorporate the protection of personal information of those accessing services and support

  • Require training on trauma through a Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, and Resilience science lens, as well as training on trauma-informed/trauma-responsive practices and workforce wellness in training

  • Expand access to and fund quality community-based programs that prevent and promote recovery following trauma, such as programming for out-of-school time, restorative practices, arts, etc.

  • Establish standards and support workforce education related to screening for and assessing trauma

  • Cultivate and grow local peer support networks

  • Prioritize funding in communities made more vulnerable or otherwise disadvantaged by trauma

  • Improve housing security

  • Adopt trauma-informed approaches to get all people housed (E.G., the Housing-First approach)

  • Increase awareness of and responsiveness to disproportionalities among unhoused people

  • Eliminate discrimination and close loopholes in housing practices

  • Increase protections to reduce evictions

  • Increase the supply of and equitable access to affordable housing with integrated wellness supports

  • Increase food security

  • Reduce barriers to participation in food security programs like WIC and SNAP

  • Fund expansion of resources to increase access to healthy, nutritious, affordable food

  • Increase economic security

  • Increase equitable access to financial education, planning, and management resources

  • Support loan programs and fund grants to help BIPOC populations start businesses to meet the needs in their communities

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