Earlier this year, the California Department of Health Care Services, in partnership with the Office of the California Surgeon General, awarded the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) a $3 million grant to build and strengthen a network of resources to respond to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress affecting children, adults, and families.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic experiences in a person’s life that occur before the age of 18 but are remembered into adulthood—things like physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; alcohol/drug abuse in the home; parental or family separation; and domestic violence. Scientific research has demonstrated that the long-term negative impact of ACEs and toxic stress (resulting from excessive activation of the stress system) constitute a public health crisis. The social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic underscore the need to address these issues.
ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed “Network of Care”
Part of a larger, $30.8 million statewide project, SCOE will lead a local group of agencies to implement the Sacramento County ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed “Network of Care.” The collaborative project is expected to create a screening, referral, and response process to support families in mitigating toxic stress and preventing further ACEs.
- Downloadable Program Overview—learn more about ACEs Aware efforts in Sacramento County through a formal overview document that was presented to the Sacramento County Board of Education.
Sacramento County Collaborative Goals
- Increase availability of resources to prevent or mitigate toxic stress for families—especially those in Sacramento County’s most vulnerable communities—by building on recommendations from the Surgeon General’s December 2020.
- Establish and utilize a local ACEs Aware “Network of Care,” aligned with statewide activities.
- Implement and refine a referral process and enhance communication procedures for support providers, helping families be connected with support services in a timely manner.
- Provide additional trauma-informed training in Sacramento County for community agencies, educators, and early learning professionals that work directly with families.