The Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS) is working with the Montgomery County Childhood Trauma Advisory Council to implement a new initiative aimed at reducing the impact of adversity and trauma on children’s health and well-being and addressing health disparities. This effort aligns with the 2020-2022 State Health Improvement Plan developed by the Ohio Department of Health, which calls for reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences among youth.

The initiative focuses on recognizing and responding to ACEs and toxic stress among youth and building a network of care to provide healing-centered, trauma-responsive care and evidence-based interventions. Key components of the initiative include:

  • Training county and community-based organization staff on trauma, trauma-responsive care, screening for adversity, and evidence-based strategies for helping children prevent and reduce health impacts
  • Screening children and youth for ACEs and risk of toxic stress
  • Organizations for conducting ACE screening and follow-up 
  • Connecting children, youth, and families to community-based, cross-sector evidence-based services and supports

Helpful Documents
Chart of Partner Organizations
Initiative Summary