KANKAKEE COUNTY SHERIFF: Illinois is one step closer to becoming a trauma-informed state
Kankakee County Sheriff issued the following announcement on May 16.
Illinois is one step closer to becoming a trauma-informed state. Senate Resolution 99 and House Resolution 248 championed by Senator Julie Morrison and Representative Karina Villa respectively designate May 15, 2019 as Illinois’ Inaugural Trauma-Informed Awareness Day to highlight the impact of trauma and the importance of prevention and community resilience through trauma-informed care.
Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a proclamation recognizing May 2019 as Mental Health Awareness Month and May 15, 2019 as Trauma-Informed Awareness Day in Illinois! The proclamation mentions that addressing the effects of trauma in children, youth, adults and families today is fundamental to the future of Illinois. The proclamation also encourages the State of Illinois’ officers, agencies and employees whose responsibilities impact children and adults, to become aware of evidence-based and trauma-informed care practices, tools, and interventions that promote healing and resiliency. Trauma-Informed Awareness Day calls attention to the impact of trauma and early adversity on individuals, families, and communities. It also promotes the idea that we can work together to prevent trauma and promote resilience, healing, and thriving across our state.
The trauma-informed approach is a powerful framework for community engagement, service delivery, and organizational transformation. It encourages us to integrate the science of adversity throughout all we do and helps us create places of healing that promote resilience instead of re-traumatizing people.
The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative would like to recognize Kankakee and Iroquois counties for making strides towards becoming a trauma-informed community. The Pledge for Life Partnership and their National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health team would like to would like to publicly recognize the following organizations for tracking their progress on the Kankakee Iroquois Cares online portal. Photos of these organizations can be found at bit.ly/TraumaChampions and can be shared with the hashtag #TraumaInformedIL. The Partnership would like to celebrate these organizations for hosting trauma-informed trainings and making strides towards completing the 11 Milestones of a Trauma-Informed Organization:
-Garden of Prayer Youth Center
-The Helen Wheeler Center for Community Mental Health
-Kankakee County Health Department
-Bourbonnais Elementary District 53
-Pledge for Life Partnership and Life Education Center
-Kankakee County Sheriff Department and Kankakee County Probation
-I-KAN Regional Office of Education
-Kankakee Community College
-AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee
-Kankakee School District 111
-Manteno Police Department
-Bourbonnais Fire Department
-Easterseals Joliet Region
-YWCA of Kankakee
-21st Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
-Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley and Project SUN
-Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet
-GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene
Join the local online portal to learn the latest news about exciting ways our community is healing trauma and building resiliency, by visiting www.bit.ly/KICARES and clicking “Join Now”.
To be recognized for any trauma-related trainings, visit www. www.bit.ly/kictraumatrainings. Update your organization’s progress towards completing the 11 Milestones of a trauma-informed organization at www.bit.ly/kicmilestones
When we join together to be trauma-informed, we are helping to create a more equitable Illinois in which all people can thrive.
Original source can be found here.
Source: Kankakee County Sheriff