Introduction

Women and Trauma Initiative

The California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council was the lead organization in a collaborative developed to address the treatment of women and families with the co-occurrence of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health problems.

Goals

  • To improve the capacity of local mental health and substance abuse providers to be able to identify and provide appropriate services and referrals to survivors of domestic violence.
  • To improve the capacity of domestic violence advocates to be able to identify and provide appropriate services and referrals to clients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Objectives

  • To develop a training curriculum to train mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence providers/advocates on the co-occurrence of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health.
  • To develop policy guidelines which highlight the administrative and/or policy issues which must be addressed in public mental health programs, substance abuse programs, and in domestic violence programs to more fully meet the needs of women and families with the co-occurrence of domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health problems.

Collaborative Organizations

  • California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council
  • California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions
  • California Department of Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Branch
  • San Mateo County Mental Health Services
  • San Mateo County Alcohol and Drug Program
  • San Joaquin County Mental Health Services
  • California Alliance Against Domestic Violence
  • Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women
  • PROTOTYPES: Centers for Innovation in Health, Mental Health, and Social Services
  • Human Resource Network
  • Peace and Joy Caring Center

Training and continuing education opportunities would be developed following the completion of materials.

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