Lucy Zamerelli, Trillium Behavioral Health
Sue Barnhart, Developmental Disabilities
Randy Anderson, Behavioral Health
Nancy Bischofs, Children & Families

In recent “In the Loop” messages, we’ve learned about Health & Human Services’ three Tier 1 Outcomes. In the next few videos, we’re going to get into a little more depth by talking with our coworkers about how they’re approaching the Tier 1 Outcomes in their program areas.

Today, we get to learn about what our colleagues in Behavioral Health, Youth Services, and Developmental Disabilities are doing to address Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Lucy Zamarelli, Trillium Behavioral Health:
Trillium Behavioral Health is extremely passionate about treating childhood trauma. Trauma is one of the greatest indicators of future healthcare costs throughout the lifespan, and we feel it’s the most important thing we can address.

Sue Barnhart, Developmental Disabilities:
I’m one of the service coordinators, and one of the ways we will be working with ACE is by monitoring the health and safety of kids with developmental disabilities. We go into their homes, we work with their families and foster care providers, and referring families and kids to different services that will be helpful.

Randy Anderson, Behavioral Health:
The goal would be that, if we could resolve some mood disorders and traumatic events people have had in their lives, that either now or if they have children, that trauma doesn’t continue as generational outcomes.

Nancy Bischofs, Youth Services:
We visit first-time parents in their homes that have risk factors that may put them at risk for abusing their children. One of the things we know is that they often come in with high ACE scores and this is due to the fact that they have histories of abuse or domestic violence in their families, possibly substance abuse. So what we try to do is build protective factors in their families, and this could involve giving them support when they need it, helping them build resilience as parents, encouraging them to learn about child development – those types of things. So when stress comes, they are able to deal with that, and hopefully mitigate high ACE scores in their children as they grow up.

We have the hope of reducing foster care costs, child welfare costs as well as healthcare costs throughout the lifespan by treating childhood trauma effectively with our population.

Next week: More of your coworkers from: CHC, Family Mediation, Human Services Division and a mystery guest!
To review, you can find more info about the ACEs at cdc.gov/ace

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