Georgia was selected to participate in a state-wide training implementation on “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice Responses.” Thirty professionals from across the state were selected to attend a two-day "Train-the-Trainer Event" sponsored by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation.
There is growing recognition that trauma can play a significant role in criminal justice involvement. Trauma has been identified as a key issue warranting attention, training, and education by the SAMHSA’s GAINS Center Expert Panel. Although prevalence estimates vary, there is consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of traumatic experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increased risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
The primary goals of the training are to (1) Increase understanding of trauma, (2) Create an awareness of the impact of trauma on behavior, and (3) Develop trauma-informed responses. Achieving these goals will decrease recidivism, increase safety, and promote and support recovery of justice-involved men and women by linking them to appropriate treatment and support services.
Upon certification, the Georgia-based trainers will deliver this important training throughout their respective agencies and communities across the state.