Trauma Informed Oregon

Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is a statewide collaborative aimed at preventing and ameliorating the impact of adverse experiences on children, adults and families.   Trauma Informed Oregon works in partnership with providers, people with lived experience, and families to promote and sustain trauma informed policies and practices across physical, mental, and behavioral health systems and to disseminate promising strategies to support wellness and resilience.

TIO serves as a centralized source of information to resources and will coordinate and facilitate training for healthcare and related systems. TIO works with state agencies, state and local providers, communities, family and youth organizations, and diverse constituents to bring many voices and perspectives to the table to learn from one another and to advocate for informed policies and practices to promote healing and support wellbeing for all of Oregon's children and families.

In June of 2014, the Oregon Health Authority, Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH), contracted with Portland State University, in partnership with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), to initiate a statewide collaboration to promote and sustain trauma informed care across child- and family-serving systems. Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) was created in recognition of the impact of adverse experiences in childhood on long-term health outcomes. TIO is the result of commitment at the state level to promote prevention and to bring policies and practices into better alignment with the principles of trauma informed care. 

The advent of healthcare transformation and the integration of physical, mental, and behavioral health in Oregon provides a unique opportunity to change the way trauma and adverse childhood events are perceived and responded to by service providers and the public in general.  To this end, Trauma Informed Oregon was initiated through the child mental health leadership of AMH and Children's system Advisory Committee (CSAC), and made possible by the vision of state legislators.

Goals for 2014-2015

  • A centralized repository of information and resources for providers, youth, family members, stakeholders.
  • Coordination of training and systems-change efforts across systems and around the state.
  • Workforce development through education and training of professionals in healthcare, social work, education, and other fields that influence children and families.
  • Support for community-based healthcare and related systems to incorporate the principles of trauma informed care into policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Opportunities to share experiences, ideas, concerns and have input into state policy and local priorities

More information available on website: traumainformedoregon.org or call 503-725-9618