From our colleague, Dennis Romero, Regional Administrator of SAMHSA

Dear Behavioral Health Colleagues,

A growing body of research shows that experiencing traumatic events raises
an individual’s risk of long-term physical and behavioral health issues. As
this connection becomes increasingly clear, trauma-informed approaches to
care are being adopted as a crucial aspect of high-quality health care in
hopes of improving patient engagement and outcomes while lowering costs.

The attached fact sheet explores the causes of trauma and how it can impact
an individual’s health. It also looks at opportunities to avoid or reverse
the effects of trauma, how health care providers can help patients heal
from trauma, and the policy changes that can support trauma-informed care
implementation.

A note about this product:

This fact sheet is a product of Advancing Trauma-Informed Care, a national
initiative aimed at understanding how trauma-informed approaches can be
practically implemented across the health care sector, led by the Center
for Health Care Strategies through support from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation.

Website: www.samhsa.gov /1-877-726-4727

pdf icon Understanding-Trauma-Fact-Sheet-112216-final.pdf

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