The National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC)

CMHS's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is beginning its fourth year of activities to promote trauma-informed practices in the delivery of services to people who have experienced violence and trauma and are seeking support for recovery and healing. They may or may not have a diagnosis of mental health or substance use disorders, and may experience traumatic impacts from the experiences of violence that have strained social connections in the family, in the workplace, in childrearing, in housing – and that may have led to consequent health problems – all of which need to be addressed in a trauma-integrated manner. NCTIC is guided by the following fundamental beliefs.

  • People with lived experience of trauma can and do recover and heal;
  • Trauma-Informed Care is the hallmark of effective programs to promote recovery and healing through support from peers, consumers, survivors, ex-patients, and recovering persons and mentoring by providers; and
  • Leadership teams of peers and providers charting the course for the implementation of Trauma-Informed Care are essential.

Over the last four years, NCTIC has provided on-site training and technical assistance to nearly every state in the country to develop and improve trauma-informed environments across the spectrum of public health programs. Training and technical assistance has been provided to residential programs; criminal justice and homeless programs; networks of training, educational, and learning collaboratives; community-based agencies; and less formal gatherings of people seeking trauma support. Integrating peers and providers in all aspects of planning, training, and development of Trauma Informed Care is a hallmark of NCTIC.

NCTIC receives over thirty (30) requests for training and materials per month.

Additional Tools

Program Briefs:

NCTIC Reports: