The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS).
To accomplish the NCTSN mission, grantees and Affiliates work to:
- Provide clinical services
- Develop and disseminate new interventions and resource materials
- Offer education and training programs
- Collaborate with established systems of care
- Engage in data collection and evaluation
- Inform public policy and awareness efforts