Trauma Screenings and Trauma-Informed Care Provider Trainings

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is working with the Office of the California Surgeon General to reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress by half in one generation. ACEs are stressful or traumatic events experienced in childhood that typically relate to abuse, neglect, and/or household dysfunction.

 Research shows that individuals who experienced ACEs are at greater risk of 8 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death. The data indicates that individuals with six or more ACEs have a life expectancy that is 19 years shorter than individuals with none.

By screening for ACEs, providers can better determine the likelihood that a patient is at increased health risk due to a toxic stress response, which can inform patient treatment and encourage the use of trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed care is a model of care intended to promote healing and reduce risk of re-traumatization. Early identification of trauma and providing the appropriate treatment are critical tools for reducing long-term health care costs for both children and adults.

Provider Training

DHCS, in partnership with the California Surgeon General’s Office, will offer provider trainings on screening for trauma and providing trauma-informed care, beginning in November 2019. Providers are encouraged to complete the training and self-attest to their completion of this training to receive the supplemental payment for trauma screening.


New Website

A new website being developed by DHCS and the Office of the Surgeon General will host provider trainings and other resources to support implementation of this new initiative, will launch in November.

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