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Livingston County Trauma Informed Assessments
in conjunction with LACASA

LACASA Assessment Teams receive specialized training and coaching from the Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center. Our teams include social workers, physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists or other professionals.
The Assessment:

  • Is intended for children who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events that may affect their functionality
  • Tabulates critical information from multiple development areas of the child’s life
  • Explores the cognitive, behavioral and physiological effects that exposure to child abuse and/or neglect has on children ages birth to age 18.
  • Strives to improve the overall day-to-day functionality of the child

Q & A

Livingston County
Trauma Informed Assessment

Information Sheet

Who should receive a Trauma Informed Assessment?
Trauma Informed assessments are intended for children who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events that can affect child functioning within the cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological domains.

Many symptoms can subsequently be manifested, including hyper-vigilance, withdrawal, sleeping difficulties, depression, and significant mood swings. Often, such symptoms may not be immediately revealed and are misinterpreted as learning disorders or acting out.

Early detection of child trauma can minimize psychological and physiological risk to these complex and challenging children.

What are Trauma Informed Assessments?
Using a series of specialized evaluation tools that encompass various developmental domains including:

  • physical
  • cognitive/academic
  • speech/language
  • social/familial
  • emotional
  • behavior

Trauma informed assessments explore the effects on functioning (cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological) that exposure to traumatic events as a result of child abuse and/or neglect has on children ages birth to eighteen years of age.

Trauma Informed Assessments are provided by a local team of interdisciplinary professionals from Livingston County who have received specialized training.

What is the Purpose of the Assessment?
Trauma Informed Assessments gather critical information in various developmental areas of a child’s life to help create treatment recommendations that can ultimately improve their day-to-day functioning and keep them safe.

Who is the Livingston Trauma Assessment Team? (LTAT)
The Livingston County Trauma Assessment Team is made up of local professionals including social workers, medical doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. LTAT members receive specialized training and coaching from the Southwest Michigan Trauma Assessment Center, a nationally recognized provider of trauma assessments.

What is the role of the Livingston County Trauma Informed Steering Committee?
The Livingston County Trauma Informed Steering Committee (TISC) is an interdisciplinary team of leaders from local human service organizations that offer oversight and provide gate keeping functions for assessment enrollment, pilot implementation and the LTAT team. The TISC reviews (accepts or declines) all LTAT referrals and assigns cases for assessment based on criteria and community priorities.

Livingston County’s Pilot Plan:
On November 1, 2009, Livingston County launched a local assessment pilot to provide approximately 20 trauma assessments over the next year for local children who have experienced trauma.

The overarching goals for the pilot are to introduce and embed trauma informed knowledge and practices that are culturally competent, evidence supported/based, and responsive to the needs of traumatized children and their families into our community, targeting change at three levels:

  • System change
  • Service delivery
  • Child & Family outcomes

Livingston County Trauma Informed Assessment
Eligibility Requirements
The Child IS:

  • A Livingston County Resident (Livingston County jurisdiction)
  • SED (Serious Emotional Disturbance) SED is a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder affecting a child that exists or has existed during the past year for a period of time sufficient to meet diagnostic criteria specified in the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; and has resulted in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child’s role or functioning in family, school or community activities. Typically a CAFAS score of 50 or higher is considered SED.
  • 0-18 years of age
  • Has experienced trauma, abuse or neglect
    Is at risk of or in out-of-home placement
    Is or has received services from multiple systems or agencies
    Is receiving community services but continues to escalate or is not benefiting from those services.

Livingston County Referral Form

Release Authorization Form

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