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Children's health and development

Working with Congress to address adverse childhood trauma

APA shapes bill that will improve the identification and support of children and families who experience trauma, informed by input from APA advocacy, APA divisions, individual psychologists, and the APA Office and Committee on Children, Youth and Families.

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American Psychological Association. (2021, June 7). Working with Congress to address adverse childhood trauma.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Shelley Capito (R-WV) sought guidance from APA on their draft Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Act, a bill that establishes and extends various programs to coordinate and support services for infants, children, youth, and families who have experienced, or may experience, trauma.

The recommendations APA submitted included: adding new language that pregnant women should be included in any services focusing on infant trauma exposure given that infant trauma often begins in utero; in addition to adding discrimination, oppression, and poverty as specified forms of trauma, to the bill also suggested adding intergenerational and historical trauma, as well as exposure to domestic and community violence as other forms of trauma experienced by infants, children, youth and families; including pediatric trauma centers as entities that can assist with reducing readmissions, and more.

For more information, contact Aaron Bishop.