Department of Psychiatry

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-2223

Department to be Part of National Child Traumatic Stress Network

October 31, 2012

The Department is pleased to announce it has been awarded a cooperative grant as a SAMHSA Community Treatment and Services center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The 4-year award will focus on creating a trauma-informed network of care in the greater Albuquerque area for children and adolescents.

The effects of trauma are complex. Its impact on children and adolescents can be profound. While physical or sexual abuse might be obvious, there are other traumatic experiences that may be just as important and much more subtle to diagnose. In addition, when it comes to children and trauma, communities often have fragmented services. At its heart, this SAMHSA grant focuses on partnering with community agencies to develop a more coordinated network of care throughout Albuquerque and, eventually, beyond. The grant also prioritizes services to military families and Native populations.

“In New Mexico there is a substantially greater incidence of traumatic experiences in children and adolescents. The name of our project is ACTION – Addressing Childhood Trauma through Intervention, Outreach and Networking – and as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, we’ll have far greater opportunities to increase our expertise and better serve the community’s needs,” says Associate Professor Rashmi Sabu, M.D., who is co-Principal Investigator with Brian Isakson, Ph.D. of the collaborative effort between the Child and Adolescent Division and the Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health (CRCBH), both in the UNM Department of Psychiatry. The grant also involves several partners including the Indian Health Service, the Veteran’s Administration and the National Guard and Reserve communities. 

“This grant will improve our ability to screen, identify and treat young people and families who have experienced traumas,” says David Graeber, M.D., Vice Chair for Child and Community Programs.

Congratulations to the entire Department of Psychiatry team members who worked so hard to put this project together: ; Lindsay Smart, Ph.D. ; Donna Sigl, M.D. ; Jerry Belitz, Ph.D. ; and Tara Biehl and Ernest Coletta, senior program managers, and Kathryn Kostroski, an HS Research Tech I, at CRCBH.