Federal Grant Will Fund Statewide Child Trauma Network

by Mark Carter  on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 10:29 am  

A $1.6 million federal grant will fund the Arkansas Network for Early Stress and Trauma (NEST), the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announced Tuesday.

NEST provides care and services for children exposed to trauma and is a collaborative effort between UAMS, Mid-South Health Systems of Jonesboro and Ozark Guidance Center in Springdale.

The four-year grant from the the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was awarded to UAMS researcher Benjamin Sigel, principal investigator for the grant.

UAMS officials said NEST will provide "individualized treatment for children under 5 who have been exposed to various forms of trauma as well as training to at least 70 mental health professionals on methods of caring for young patients using evidence-based practices."

An estimated 7,000 children in Arkansas under the age of 5 are exposed to traumatic stress every year ranging from sexual or physical abuse to natural disasters and domestic violence, according to a news release.




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