HHS letter on trauma-informed treatment

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On July 11, 2013, three U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies—the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and SAMHSA—have come together to issue a letter to state directors of child welfare and Medicaid, and mental health authorities encouraging them to strengthen their efforts to address complex trauma among children and youth known to child welfare. The joint letter from ACF, CMS, and SAMHSA provides useful and actionable information about Federal authority and funding streams, strategies for coordinating cross-system efforts, and good practices for integrating evidence-based screening, assessment, and interventions related to complex trauma.

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