For the second year, CONCERN’s Mansfield and Towanda Behavioral Health service sites have been designated as a North Central (PA) Trauma-Informed Care Centers by Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP).
This year, they have achieved this designation by meeting Exemplary standards!
By definition, “Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.”
The process for this recognition began in 2016 when CONCERN was selected as the provider of choice for Tioga and Bradford Counties and began full participation in the BHARP’s Trauma Initiative in collaboration with Community Care Behavioral Health (CCBH).
CONCERN has had a long term goal of being a Trauma-Informed agency and this goal is continued to be met.
The BHARP designation entailed making changes to the physical environment of the Mansfield clinic to be trauma informed and ensure that our clients feel safe and comfortable. The most subtle of changes can make all the difference in a therapeutic environment. This included changes in the type of lighting, making waiting areas more comfortable, and installing a trauma informed bulletin board with regular postings such as wellness, trauma awareness, and engagement.
In letters to Gordon May, CONCERN’s President/CEO and Jenny Bowen, CONCERN Behavioral Health North Central Region Director, Brittany Skrzypek, CCBH Quality Manager, stated, “The North Central Trauma-Informed Care Center Assessment Committee would like to thank you for the work and time your agency has devoted to ensuring the individuals in our community have access to evidenced based trauma-informed care. We look forward to seeing your agency’s growth in this initiative.”