The Fairbanks Native Association (FNA) Child, Youth and Young Adults Services (CYYA Services) division is applying for support from the FY 2021 National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. Our project is aptly named “Healing the Hurts” as it seeks to address both trauma and the intergenerational trauma experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people that has resulted in disproportionate trauma events across generations.
Healing the Hurts focuses on trauma events, defined by the National Institute of Mental Health as follows: A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone emotionally and physically. Experiences such as natural disasters, acts of violence as well as car crashes and other accidents. Healing the Hurts will focus on acts of violence – child abuse and neglect, sexual violence, and suicide – all of which AI/AN experience at disproportionate rates. The purpose of Healing the Hurts is to provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment services in the Fairbanks North Star Borough for AI/AN children, adolescents, and the families who experience trauma events. Project objectives, in alignment with required services, include the following:
• Overarching Goal: To provide support and direct trauma services for children, adolescents and their families
• Goal 1: To provide outreach, engagement and prevention strategies to increase participation and access to trauma services
• Goal 2: To provide evidence-based outpatient trauma treatment for at-risk children and adolescents
• Goal 3: To provide services to the population of child and adolescent serving service system on trauma informed practices using local resources
• Goal 4: To collaborate with NCTSI II centers
• Goal 5: To provide process and outcome evaluation quarterly, annually, and at project completion
Project services include outreach, trauma screening, Trauma Prevention Workbooks for adolescents and family members, office-based and home-based Outpatient Treatment, training on trauma-informed care, collaboration with National Child Traumatic Stress Centers, and process and outcome evaluation. Evidence-based screening, assessment, and treatment practices will guide services.
Healing the Hurts is supported by the leadership of the Interagency Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Behavioral Health Council (BH Council), an AI/AN behavioral health coalition of 18 members. The BH Council plays a key role in all projects, providing the leadership and infrastructure to support services. The BH Council supports programs through various plans including Sustainability, Trauma-Informed Care, Cultural Competence, and Access to Care.