Dr. George Slavich to help lead $41.5 million effort to address childhood adversity and toxic stress

Dr. George Slavich, Founding Director of the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research, will help lead California’s new statewide effort to reduce the impact of childhood adversity and toxic stress on health. This new investment is California’s attempt to better understand and mitigate these effects to reduce disparities in human health and opportunity.

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UCLA TIES for Families received funding from The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to support the enhancement and expansion of their telehealth infrastructure

This opportunity will help youth in or adopted from foster care and their families maintain access to comprehensive mental health services via telehealth and hybrid modalities, equip clinicians with the tools they need to successfully provide services both from home and in the office, and provide trainings in adapting evidence-based practices to telehealth. Moreover, this funding will also enable ongoing program evaluation and quality improvement, including examining racial and ethnic differences and other socio-cultural factors in service utilization and outcomes to inform equitable and effective service delivery.

The Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Joins UCLA to Mitigate the Impact of Adversity and Trauma in Children and Families

A new report, published in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America journal, introduces the findings of a comprehensive, trauma-responsive public partnership between the Los Angeles (LA) County Department of Mental Health (DMH) and UCLA that was designed to advance the wellbeing of LA County by building trauma and resilience informed systems of care.  

In an effort to create a sustainable, trauma informed prevention framework that effectively addresses the intersection of trauma, racism and oppression, gender, and linguistic diversity, DMH and UCLA developed the DMH + UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing (PPFW). This formation then led to the development of the DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence, a core program of the PPFW that supports the implementation of trauma and resilience informed practices across LA County departments and ecosystems.

The report takes an in-depth look into the lessons and successes of this ongoing partnership, highlights core principles, and recognizes the importance of adapting to unexpected factors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, national and local demonstrations in response to anti-Black racism, and political uncertainties.