The SCTIC endeavors to raise awareness about Trauma-Informed Care through training and educational opportunities; lead a statewide collaborative to create a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive child welfare system that better meets the needs of children families who have experienced trauma; and partner with other Texas and national trauma-informed workgroups and collaboratives.

In July 2017, the Children’s Commission launched the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC) to elevate trauma-informed policy and practices in the Texas child welfare system by creating a statewide strategy to support system reform, organizational leadership, cross-systems collaboration, and community-led efforts with data-informed initiatives. The SCTIC centered its first phase of work around these four concepts with the goal of developing a plan for transforming the child welfare system. adopted four broad goals with specific strategies and definitions.

Based on the work of the SCTIC during the development phase, the Children’s Commission published a final report in February 2019 entitled Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint. The Trauma Blueprint provides a framework for the state to advance trauma-informed care practices in the child welfare system. The SCTIC continues under the guidance of an Implementation Task Force and utilizes the Blueprint to direct the SCTIC’s work.

Using the document Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint, the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care is a cross-disciplinary collaboration focused on continuing the progress of transforming the Texas child welfare system to one that is trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.

The Children’s Commission has begun the implementation phase of the Blueprint. A SCTIC Implementation Task Force was formed and met for the first time on July 26, 2019.

Staff: Jocelyn Fowler, Tiffany Edwards 

Please visit the sections below to learn more about current projects or visit the Reports & Resources page for recent publications.

The Blueprint focuses on nine Guiding Principles to creating a trauma-informed child welfare system. These Guiding Principles and correlating strategies guide the work of the SCTIC Implementation Task Force, as well as provide principles for all interested stakeholders to center their trauma work around.

Guiding Principles of SCTIC

The Implementation Task Force was created to oversee the implementation of the strategies set forth in the Blueprint. The Implementation Task Force will set global priorities for the SCTIC, establish workgroups to carry out priorities and monitor progress of the workgroups to help ensure successful implementation.

The Implementation Task Force is chaired by the Honorable Darlene Byrne and its members include: 

  • Mona Allen
  • Andrew Edmunds
  • Michelle Harper
  • Cindy Patrick
  • Corey Benbow
  • Renee Calder Encinias
  • Andy Homer
  • Wanda Peña
  • Kristene Blackstone
  • Novella Evans
  • Trina Ita
  • Sasha Rasco
  • Leroy Betts III
  • Cathy Gaytan
  • Dr. Brandon Logan
  • Tanya Rollins
  • Lauren Bledsoe
  • Christine Gendron
  • Amanda Martin
  • Honorable Carlos Villalon
  • Katy Bourgeois
  • Dr. Michael Gomez
  • Dr. Jill McLeigh
  • James A. Carter
  • Hallie Graves
  • Katie Olse

The Implementation Task Force held an inaugural meeting on July 26, 2019 and created three workgroups to begin the implementation work. Workgroup members will be responsible for prioritizing the strategies and creating and executing work plans.

The three current workgroups are:

  • Policy & Practice, co-chairs Dr. Jill McLeigh and Wanda Peña
  • Training, co-chairs Lauren Bledsoe and Honorable Carlos Villalon
  • Information Sharing, Data, & Funding, co-chairs Katy Bourgeois and Andy Homer

For additional resources, please visit the Reports and Resources page, Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care.