How the Program Has Honed Her Skills for the Future

>> It's helped us I think with the Office
of Mental Health but what I'm doing now,

working with children and youth in the division
to make sure that trauma-informed care is a part

of everything we're doing; and to span that from
trauma-related to disaster to just realizing

that when a child is removed from their
parents' care, that's traumatic for them.

And so we're looking at that and infusing
that and working with partnerships

with our sister agencies,
Department of Social Services;

we're developing intensive partnerships
with our sister agency with the Office

of Youth Development; and again you're
going to hear all the child pieces

that we're doing the same as it
relates to adults in terms of working

across substance abuse in terms of those issues
recognizing that folks may use substances

as a way of dealing with their anxiety about
things, and what can we do to help them

so that they don't become addictive.

And so that has changed I think our whole system
in terms of making sure that we try to break

down the silos and have the departments work
together more on partnerships, blending funding,

not duplicating as many services but maybe,
for instance, we've been doing a lot of work

on evidence-based things and finding
out what the other departments are doing

and if they've got some training
going, having our staff go to that also

so that we can use the state funds in
a more coordinated way and using things

that have been proven or have some
good track record to work with folks.