Two NCMHJJ webinars are addressing different topics related to youth trauma, both of them in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as part of the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative. The first webinar, “Understanding Trauma in the Context of Juvenile Justice Systems,” took place on September 16, 2016, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Nearly all youth who enter the juvenile justice system have experienced trauma – often as a result of exposure to violence. Building practitioner skills to understand the impact of trauma on youth and to structure systems that support youth is critical for successful outcomes. This webinar defined trauma and traumatic stress reactions, identified how routine juvenile justice practices can function as triggers for youth, provided real-life examples of youth behavior resulting from experiences of trauma, and offered strategies for the juvenile justice system to address traumatic stress reactions.

The second webinar, to be presented from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET on September 19 in partnership with Futures Without Violence in addition to OJJDP, is titled “Emerging Opportunities to Use Medicaid to Support Trauma Services in Schools.” Identifying and meeting the trauma needs of youth in schools can help youth heal, support positive school climate, and prevent referral of youth into the juvenile justice system. These services can be especially important for children who have been exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. This webinar will highlight flexibilities available to states to provide and fund trauma services in schools through Medicaid. Participants will learn how Medicaid can support trauma screening and evidence-based trauma interventions in general and how schools in some states will have the ability to use Medicaid funding to provide these services to students in need. Click here to register for this webinar.