Rep. Gallagher, Colleagues Introduce Legislation Supporting Trauma Informed Care

June 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), joined by his colleague Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), introduced H.R. 3180, the RISE from Trauma Act. This bipartisan bill would increase support for children and adults who have been exposed to trauma such as parental addiction, witnessing violence, and abuse. Nationwide, nearly 35 million children have had at least one traumatic experience, and this legislation would further build our nation’s trauma-informed workforce and enhance resources for communities to better support those who have experienced trauma. U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.


Trauma-informed care (TIC) is a transformative way to help millions overcome the long-term effects of trauma,said Rep. Gallagher. “Traumatic experiences and toxic stress have far-reaching effects throughout our schools, workforce, and veterans’ community, and this bill ensures that we have the resources necessary to strengthen our trauma-informed workforce and address the unique challenges victims of trauma face. Wisconsin has been a leader in advancing TIC, and I’m proud to continue to build off this momentum at the federal level.


A recent Government Accountability Office requested by Senator Durbin and myself details the profound, lasting impact of the trauma inflicted on our children by the pervasive climate of violence in our society and reaffirms that the impact of this violence goes further and deeper and persists even more malignantly than has been generally acknowledged,” said Rep. Davis said.  “This bill expands the focus on trauma into communities and helps service providers adopt a trauma perspective who might not otherwise adopt one – such as criminal justice, juvenile justice, fatherhood programs and serves as both a next step in addressing that trauma and, we hope, a catalyst for an ongoing reorientation of how we as a nation, view and address this epidemic.


Statement of Support:


At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we understand the long-term impact that adverse childhood experiences have on health outcomes for kids and families. We also know that responding with trauma-informed practices to help heal and foster resiliency is key to helping ensure children grow into healthy and thriving adults. We thank Representative Gallagher and his bipartisan colleagues in Congress for raising awareness of this critical issue and advancing legislation to provide communities and key stakeholders with the necessary resources to reduce toxic stress and improve children’s health and well-being,said Bob Duncan, Executive Vice President, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.


I am very pleased to see the focus on Trauma Informed Care from the federal level and especially from Congress.  So, my thanks to Congressman Gallagher and Rep. Davis for championing this effort.  It will have the potential to both directly and indirectly support the Trauma Informed efforts at the local level, like in Waupaca, knowing there is support at the highest levels,” said Chuck Price, Waupaca County DHHS Director.


The RISE from Trauma Act would expand and support the trauma-informed workforce in schools, health care settings, social services, first responders, and the justice system, and increase resources for communities to address the impact of trauma.  Specifically, the bill:


-) Increases funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) National Health Service Corps loan repayment program, in order to recruit more mental health clinicians;


-) Enhances federal training programs at HHS, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education to provide more tools for early childhood clinicians, teachers, school leaders, first responders, and certain community leaders;


-) Creates a new HHS grant program to support hospital-based trauma interventions, such as for patients that suffer violent injuries, in order to address mental health needs, prevent re-injury, and improve long-term outcomes;


-) Creates a new HHS grant program to fund community-based coalitions that coordinate stakeholders to address trauma;


-) Creates a new HHS program to monitor and enforce health insurance parity requirements for coverage of infant and early childhood mental health services; and


-) Expands and strengthens the AmeriCorps program and several HRSA health profession training programs to prioritize recruitment and programming in communities that have experienced trauma.


As co-chair of the TIC Caucus, Rep. Gallagher has been a leading voice for expanding TIC at a federal level. Last Congress, the House unanimously passed his resolution promoting the importance of TIC. He also helped pass provisions that created a federal task force to establish a national strategy and promote trauma best practices including in healthcare, schools, and substance abuse treatment.


The legislation is endorsed by the following organizations: National Head Start Association; National Children's Alliance; National Education Association; Illinois Education Association; American Federation of Teachers; American Psychological Association; American Psychiatric Association; Futures Without Violence; Zero to Three; Mental Health America; Families USA; Alliance for Strong Families and Communities; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice; Committee for Children; Trust for America’s Health; School Social Work Association of America; School-Based Health Alliance; Children’s Home Society of America; Girls, Inc.; Clinical Social Work Association; National Association of School Psychiatrists; National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health; Treatment Communities of America; IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association; Building Community Resilience Collaborative; The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness (George Washington University School of Public Health); National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL); 2020 Mom; Arts Alliance Illinois; Alaskan Children’s Trust; Roundtable on Native American Trauma-Informed Initiatives; Communities In Schools, National Office.


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