This initiative is a collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to improve access to needs-driven, evidence-based mental and behavioral health services in child welfare.

Louisiana was one of 9 states to receive five-year grants for demonstration projects for 2012-2017. The project is under the supervision of Dr. Michael Scheeringa, Tulane University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Goals of the Project


Enhance the knowledge and skill level of the DCFS staff and key stakeholders to understand the prevalence and impact of trauma on youth.


Implement a new screen for traumatic events and emotional and behavioral problems to be used by DCFS caseworkers for children in foster care and Family Services.


Promote more effective collaborative relationships among all stakeholders involved with this target population of children.


Improve the mental health outcomes for youth in the DCFS system by training clinicians to provide evidence-based treatment (CBT for trauma).

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We trained 334 licensed clinicians across Louisiana to provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is the best evidence-based psychotherapy for youths with trauma-related problems.

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Our Impact


By the end of this five-year project, we have collected data on PTSD plus other emotional and behavioral problems on over 13,000 youths. View our interactive graphs to learn about prevalences of these problems, changes over time, and types of traumatic events.

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Training Video for the Trauma and Behavioral Health Screen


Implementation of the Trauma and Behavioral Health screen (TBH) in the DCFS system was the main focus of this project. This video was used in our project to train over 600 DCFS caseworkers about the impact of trauma and how to administer the TBH.

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