CII Endorsement for UCLA PTSD-RI

Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII), an agency with nearly 110 years of experience working with traumatized children and families in some of Los Angeles’s most disadvantaged and violence-plagued communities.We serve more than 25,000 children and families per year in LA County.

In 2013, the LA County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received 176,636 emergency referrals for protective services (ICAN, 2014). This translates to an average of 14,719 children and youth reported to the child abuse hotline each month, or more than 20 referrals every hour of every day. According to the Alliance for Children’s Rights, there are over 28,000 children currently in foster care in LA County. In 2014, there were 47,655 domestic violence (DV) calls for assistance to the LA Police Department in the City of LA alone (City of Los Angeles, 2015). DV emergency response programs, like CII’s Project ERIN, report that children are present at as many as 50% of theincidents to which they respond.

Clearly, the need for trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment and services is great, and it requires early intervention, and assessment not only to improve children’s lives but also to decrease the likelihood of negative outcomes in adulthood. CII has more than 100 therapists on staff, each of whom have been trained in one or more trauma-informed evidence-based practices which include the UCLA PTSD-RI as the most common trauma assessment tool. As a long time grantee of The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN),CII has had the opportunity to utilize the UCLA PTSD-RI since 2004 to assess trauma exposure and symptom severity in the population that we serve. By using the UCLA PTSD-RI, CII clinicians are able toprovide clinical services based on ongoing assessment of trauma exposure and symptomatology to insure best practice in trauma-informed care for our children and families.

A national study found that just 25% of children in the child welfare system had received any specialty mental health care during the 12 months leading up to this study, despite nearly 50% of this population having “clinically significant” emotional or behavioral problems” (Burns, 2004). This lack of treatment may be attributed to a range of issues, including missed opportunities for early identification, poor service coordination, lack of/restrictions to health insurance coverage, and/or a shortage of providers with expertise specific to children’s mental health (Murphey, 2013). The UCLA PTSD-RI provides the opportunity to identify trauma exposure early on so these children can receive the help that they need. It provides clinicians with the capacity to use state-of-the-art assessment to guide treatment and track and improve outcomes. These outcomes continue to support CII’s leadership role in providing trauma-informedbest practicein our communities of need.

Sincerely,

Leslie Anne Ross, Psy.D.
Vice President, Leadership Center