The National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For a complete list of organizations awarded 2012 SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Institute (NCTSI) category 1, 2, and 3 grants go to http://www.samhsa.gov/Grants/2012/
The NCTSN is a collaboration of child trauma organizations with a mission to “raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States” (http://www.nctsn.org/about-us/mission-and-vision). The NCTSN’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress coordinates training and the development and dissemination of resources. It also fosters linkages and collaboration between NCTSN members, including currently funded centers and professionals involved in formerly funded projects. Jointly coordinated by UCLA and Duke University, the NCTSN is fully funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.
Established in 1992, SAMHSA “is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities” http://beta.samhsa.gov/about-us/who-we-are. SAMHSA’s CMHS “leads federal efforts to treat mental illnesses by promoting mental health and by preventing the development or worsening of mental illness when possible. Congress created CMHS to bring new hope to adults who have serious mental illnesses and to children with serious emotional disorders” (http://beta.samhsa.gov/about-us/who-we-are/offices-centers/cmhs).