The San Francisco Collaborative Courts pursue evidence-based practices and training for all city and criminal justice system partners, so that we can better serve our clients and the community – trauma informed care is a key component of this effort. The Collaborative Courts have been selected to receive a free training, offered by the SAMHSA National GAINS Center: How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses to Women & Men with Mental Illness.
“There is growing recognition that trauma can play a significant role in criminal justice involvement. Although prevalence estimates vary, there is consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of traumatic experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increased risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system.” - The SAMHSA National GAINS Center, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA)