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Rockville Institute Evaluates Services for Trauma-Surviving Homeless Children

The Rockville Institute is evaluating the National Collaborative for Trauma-Surviving Children, a joint effort of the National Center on Family Homelessness and the Trauma Center in Massachusetts. The project is being funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

This is primarily a formative evaluation that examines the trauma-informed services being provided to homeless mothers and their children staying in three shelters. It will also evaluate the national activities of the collaborative. The results of the evaluation will guide the refinement of the services and any ancillary activities.

"With the high rates of trauma exposure reported by homeless families, understanding how trauma-informed services can be incorporated into shelters will be important to the field" explained Debra J. Rog, PhD, and project director of the study. "We are assisting in providing formative feedback to the project so that they can learn how best to replicate their efforts in other settings."

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