What are our Goals?
- To engage all sectors of Frederick County in the development of a Trauma Responsive Frederick.
- To advocate for every Frederick County, MD, resident and visitor to have access to critical social services, including behavioral health services.
- To identify and challenge barriers to care for under-represented groups and advocate for potential solutions.
- To create community awareness campaigns about:
- Trauma in general, as well as COVID19-related trauma;
- The impact of trauma on individuals;
- Ways to access available resources and services;
- The impact of stigma; and
- The impacts of social determinants on well-being.
- To identify gaps in services, particularly related to the COVID19 crisis, and to advocate for additional resources, including behavioral health services.
*If you have been finding yourself having a particularly difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic, head over to our “Resources” page to find both National and Community support near you.
The Trauma Responsive Workgroup committees are working hard to make Frederick County a trauma responsive community. Join us!
In addition to coordinating the Workgroup’s efforts and strategizing for the future, the Steering Committee has taken on the responsibility of meeting with community leaders to discuss the Workgroup’s efforts. They are also working with the business community to understand their needs and representing Trauma Responsive Frederick at meetings and collaboratives that address COVID-19 and behavioral/mental health concerns.
The Advocacy Committee is established as a subcommittee of Trauma Responsive Frederick (TRF), previously known as the “No Wrong Door” committee. Its mission is to explore and suggest ways in which TRF can become more active in furthering the mission of the coalition and representing those interests to organizations and individuals who can align with TRF to promote culture change and support the ongoing evolution of Frederick County into a truly trauma informed community. The committee will assist TRF’s members and the organization in attaining greater visibility and recognition in the community and will focus on those entities who influence procedures, policies and laws that govern trauma informed practices.
The Advocacy Committee is responsible for creating relationships between the TRF membership and legislative leaders at the city, county and state level to support and encourage the adoption of trauma responsive practices in all sectors of the community. The Committee will assist the Education and Outreach committee is providing education to political and legislative leaders that will inform their policy decisions with the well-being of the community in mind. The Advocacy Committee will also partner with the Public Awareness Committee in planning and executing impactful and educational public educational campaigns.
This group focuses on getting the message of Trauma Responsive Frederick out into the community in a broad and system manner. Public Awareness will focus on the education of the public-at-large, while the Education and Technical Assistance Committee will work with individual and specific groups and organizations with information that is customized to their needs. The Public Awareness Committee is committed to having the concepts and ideas that are essential to the implementation of trauma informed practices be a part of our County’s language and culture.
The role of this committee is to be a resource for business owners, managers, governmental departments and employees and the community at large for trauma related resources and training. This committee’s mission is to identify, gather and disseminate informative and practical resources for the benefit of the community. For example, the group is researching the feasibility of providing recorded training sessions that demonstrate “Mental Health First Aide” with the intent to make it available in modules of different lengths to meet the needs of the learner and their schedule. Offering Mental Health First Aide training to a wide portion of our community will help fill gaps in behavioral/mental health services in Frederick County. This is just one mechanism by which this Committee will engage the County and meet educational and training needs. This Committee will also research and support Professional Development activities so that the clinicians and service providers in the community can increase their capacity and learn more about how to provide trauma informed care.