Ohio's TIC Initiative Overview
The Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Developmental Disabilities (DODD) collaborate on a statewide Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Initiative intended to promote a greater sense of safety, security and equality among consumers/clients. TIC is an approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in people's lives. TIC means that every part of an organization or program understands the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve and adopts a culture that considers and addresses this impact. Working through six Regional Collaboratives, the initiative will expand opportunities for Ohioans to receive trauma-informed interventions by enhancing efforts for practitioners, facilities and agencies to become competent in trauma-informed practices.
Building Capacity Through Trauma Informed Care
Adopting a trauma-informed care model requires a fundamental cultural shift within agencies and organizations intended to promote a greater sense of safety, security and equality. A trauma-informed approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization and is distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing.
DODD issued an RFP seeking to increase the number of HCBS residential provider agencies who have adopted and implemented a trauma-informed approach and are willing, able and committed to serving people with complex support needs using this approach. The following agencies were selected: