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Maine Agency Gets Childhood Trauma Grant
01/10/2013 9:00 AM ET  

A Maine mental health agency has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant that will provide help to children who have been exposed to violence or some other trauma.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Community Counseling Center in Portland said the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be used to launch the Maine Children's Trauma Response Initiative.

Rebecca Hoffmann Frances, Vice President of Trauma Service and Community Programs for Community Counseling Center said the sources of childhood trauma, "could be abuse violence in or outside of the home or it could be something like exposure to war, or a single incident trauma like a car accident or something like that."

The grant money will ensure that, in Hoffmann Frances's words, "there is no wrong door," to the services children need. She said Community Counseling will work with mental health agencies and community organizations throughout Maine to develop a system that will ensure that any child who has been exposed to violence has access to mental health treatment.


For the initiative, Community Counseling will work with mental health agencies and community organizations throughout Maine to develop a system that will ensure that any child who has been exposed to violence has access to mental health treatment. Additional efforts include outreach, community education and training for mental health providers and community members.

Additional efforts include outreach, community education and training for mental health providers and community members. The grant will fund four years of this work.

[This story was updated with a comment from Hoffmann Frances at 2:45 pm 01-10-2013]

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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