The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan Act has several buckets of funding that can be used to promote trauma-informed and healing-centered projects. PACEs Connection communities can apply for this funding, according to leaders of the Campaign for Trauma-informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), the National Trauma Campaign, and PACEs Connection.
The “Better Normal” webinar on Friday, May 14 at 3 p.m. EST; Noon PST, Dan Press, Jesse Kohler and Marlo Nash of CTIPP will begin by describing available funding and what it can be used for.
“This is a historic and unprecedented opportunity to secure federal funding to see the massive, sweeping change that will truly accelerate the PACEs science and trauma-informed movement to prevent and mitigate the impacts of trauma, and help people heal, which helps communities flourish,” said Kohler, CTIPP executive director and co-chair of the National Trauma Campaign.
“This webinar will highlight the main funding that can be leveraged for the purposes we care most about, whom to reach out to, and what to say. We will share fact sheets, talking points, and resources to help create a groundswell of support for funding to come our way,” said Kohler.
With help from Dave Ellis, executive director of the New Jersey Office of Resilience, and Dan Jurman, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform for the State of Pennsylvania, webinar attendees will learn how funding can be used. They’ll also receive information on how to apply for grants and how to advocate for funding to be directed toward trauma-informed and healing-centered programs.
Ellis and Jurman, who have past experience in securing and allocating funding, will briefly share their respective state’s plan for trauma prevention.
Ellis is the first state resilience officer in the nation. He and Jurman are using the model of a state agency working with a nonprofit collaborative. Both initiatives have communities on PACEs Connection, which provides each with a community website, community building tools, updates on legislation and best practices from other states.
PACEs Connection founder and publisher Jane Stevens, policy analyst Elizabeth Prewitt and Southeastern regional community facilitator Carey Sipp will talk about the importance of “beginning with the end in mind” when applying for the funding, and will share the vitally important role of community-building and tracking and sharing outcomes to increase the likelihood of sustaining programs.
“We want communities to see the importance of growing in ways that include all sectors from their communities, and to track their progress and outcomes by using tools created by PACEs Connection,” said Stevens. “Showing data-driven outcomes will help make the case for continued funding as practices and policies based on PACEs science reduce domestic violence, improve school and work attendance, reduce school suspensions and expulsions, decrease incarcerations, illnesses, addictions, and suicides, increase job satisfaction and, hopefully, increase paychecks and opportunities for families.”
“We don’t want short-term change for a couple of years after the pandemic. We want ongoing change that, 20 to 40 years from now, sees systems restructured to create environments that drastically reduce the trauma of inequality, racism and poverty. By implementing this knowledge of PACEs science, future generations won’t have to bear what we’ve regarded as the intractable problems of racism, inequity, violence, addiction, and trauma,” said Stevens.
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More information about Dave Ellis, executive director, New Jersey Office of Resilience
More information about Dan Jurman, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform for the State of Pennsylvania. For background on the Pennsylvania initiative, click herefor a story in PACEs Connection.
Trauma-Informed PA: A Plan to Make Pennsylvania a Trauma-Informed, Healing-Centered State Pennsylvania