Opportunities to Pursue Trauma-Related Work in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A Product of the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative highlights state and district opportunities under ESSA Titles that California can use to support and incentivize trauma-informed work in their communities and school districts. 

ESSA provides a myriad of ways trauma-related programming and professional development can be implemented at state and district levels. This flexibility provides California with an opportunity to launch an ambitious effort to increase the amount of trauma-informed programming in the state dramatically and, be a national model for other states to follow. 

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this resource. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.  

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This resource was first shared in 2016. 

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