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Denver Office of Drug Strategy to Host Trauma Summit


Denver Office of Drug Strategy to host Community Summit on the
Impacts of Trauma

DENVER, CO – Nov. 4, 2014 – Research consistently shows a strong connection between trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders. On Wednesday, November 5 the Denver Department of Human Services’ Office of Drug Strategy, in partnership with the Colorado School of Public Health, the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, and Denver Public Schools, will host a Community Trauma Summit at the Emily Griffith Building in Denver. This event will be attended by numerous local organizations, systems of care, neighborhood groups and families and individuals impacted by trauma.

Many systems, such as criminal justice and child welfare, have implemented systems to address issues surrounding the impact of trauma on individuals and the community, such as offering trauma-informed care training classes. However, many other issues around trauma’s impact on people and families remain unaddressed. This summit will examine these outstanding issues, and develop an action plan to: 

·Assist organizations in determining whether their policies and practices are in line with trauma-  informed best practice and provide guidance on potential improvements.

·Determine what training and ongoing technical assistance should be offered to the  community in order to:

·Increase the capacity of the community to understand trauma and its impact on behavior

·Increase resiliency to trauma

·Increase the availability and quality of trauma-focused treatment

·Identify individual(s) affected by trauma and refer them to appropriate services

 “The goals of this summit are to help deepen the community’s understanding of trauma, how it underlies many pressing health problems and to help them develop practical steps to increase their community’s resiliency to trauma,” said Nachshon Zohari, Director of the Denver Office of Drug Strategy.

             WHAT:           Community Trauma Summit

            WHEN:           Wednesday, November 5 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

            WHERE:         Denver Public School Administration Building at the Emily Griffith Campus

                                    1860 Lincoln Street, Denver CO 80203

 Please note that registration for this event is closed.

 Media interested in attending the event are encouraged to RSVP to Julie Smith, 720-944-1422 or, by 5 p.m. on November 4, 2014.

 About Denver Human Services

Denver Human Services provides assistance, protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable residents. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, as well as child care, child support, energy, rental and burial assistance. Protection and Prevention services are provided to child, youth and adult populations, along with community focused programming including veterans’ and homeless services and substance abuse awareness campaigns. For more information, visit