SAMHSA’S GAINS Center Seeks Communities to Develop Trauma-Informed Training Capacity

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), known nationally for its work regarding people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system, is soliciting applications from communities interested in developing a capacity to provide trauma-informed training. The GAINS Center is offering a series of Train-the-Trainer (TTT) events to train local trainers to deliver its How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training program. The target audiences for this training program are primarily community-based criminal justice system professionals, including law enforcement, community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services), court personnel, re-entry staff, as well as human service providers that serve adult justice-involved populations.

To find out more about How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses, please visit the GAINS Center website.

The GAINS Center will offer the TTT events free of charge to selected communities between March 2020 and August 2020. Since the purpose of this training initiative is to offer targeted technical assistance and training to prepared communities in the field, there are no fees for registration, tuition, or materials associated with these trainings. While not a requirement to apply to this opportunity, there will be special consideration given to applications that demonstrate inclusion of trainers who train drug court and/or reentry program staff. If a TTT event is of interest to your community, please review the solicitation and submit your completed application form to the GAINS Center no later than December 20, 2019.

Click here to download the solicitation for the How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses TTT Event.

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation
Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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15 comments on “SAMHSA’S GAINS Center Seeks Communities to Develop Trauma-Informed Training Capacity

  • I”m a trained trainer in “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses” but have not conducted a training in years. In the county I work in, there are several others who are trainers as well. We would like to do some trainings but were thinking we might need to have a refresher to to go through the training again. Is that possible? I think a number of us would be will to go through a TTT again.

    • Hello Rich,
      Thank you for your question. We are currently in the process of expanding our trauma-informed responses suite of trainings and this is an idea we have discussed. Presently, we do not have a refresher course, however it is something we are discussing internally. We plan to hold a national call with all of our existing trainers in the next several months in order to address topics like this. Once we have scheduled the call, we will send an email to all trainers for attendance, and I hope that you can make it.

  • I have a question regarding the announcement of organizing TTT even for How Being Trauma-Informed. My organization is looking to just send one person for the TTT. Once you have organized training sites will it then become available for individuals to register for the training?

    • Hello Mr. Alberico,
      Thank you for your question. We will be releasing a solicitation similar to this, but for experienced individual trainers in February of 2020. That may be the solicitation you’d prefer to apply to, rather than this one for communities or agencies. In the past, however, we have been able to work with selected sites to invite one participant from another agency or area to attend at their training location. Some sites do have an online registration process, where others simply send out RSVP’s and create a spreadsheet based on those responses. Either way, we’ve been able to accommodate individual trainers at trainings taking place in other areas, although I do recommend applying to the solicitation for individual trainers, once that solicitation is released early next year.

      • I am an experienced trainer in NJ and conduct workshops and coordinate an annual conference geared toward the “intersections of behavioral health and criminal justice”. I am also an experienced TIC trainer and would love to participate in the TTT solicitation you referenced being announce in February. Is NJ an option? Thanks

        • Hi Tameka,
          Thank you for your question! Unfortunately, we only hold our individual Train-the-Trainer (TTT) near our offices in Albany, NY. If selected, the cost of the training itself is free, but travel and lodging costs will be the responsibility of the applicant. Hopefully in the future we may be able to travel further for these trainings, but for 2020, we will still be hosting the individual TTT in Albany, NY. Please feel free to email me with any further questions!

  • Greatly needed in cook county. I am a supervisor in the mental health unit of adult probation and we supervise almost 1000 severely mentally ill clients and I believe this would be beneficial.

    • Thank you for your interest! We encourage you to review the solicitation and submit an application by December 20, 2019. If you have any questions about the solicitation, please contact Amelia Allen at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Thank you, Holley

  • Hello,
    I have a few questions about this application. I work for a non-profit that partners with the Sheriff’s Office in one county and some of the correctional work centers in another neighboring county. Would it be possible to merge these groups together into one application? Or would they need to apply separately due to being in different counties? Additionally, as a partner and not a correctional system myself, would it be better for them to take the lead on applying or for my agency to take lead and connect with both of our partners?
    Thank you in advance for your time, attention, and information.

  • Hello Adriane,
    Thank you for your question and interest! You can absolutely merge both groups together into one application, you’ll simply want to state who the main contacts are from both the Sheriff’s Office and the correctional work center that will be part of your potential participant list. Likewise, you’ll want to be clear in defining your training implementation plan following the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) event. We have held dual county TTT’s in the past, so that is not an issue. In terms of who should be the lead, my recommendation would be to have the person who will be the main contact and coordinator for the training. If you believe that person would be you, than you are likely the best person, but if the Sheriff’s Office or correctional work center plan to coordinate the logistics of the training with the GAINS Center, that staff person should be the lead. I hope this is helpful, but if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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