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Webinar — Trauma-Informed Policymaking: Leading Change in Illinois

Jul 29, 2019

On Monday, July 29th, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted a free webinar, Trauma-Informed Policymaking: Leading Change in Illinois. Increasingly used in organizational transformation and service delivery contexts, the trauma-informed framework is equally as important for policymaking and budget/resource allocation—especially given that policies have caused significant trauma to, and continue to traumatize, families and communities.  We talked about our new Trauma-Informed Policymaking Tool and learned from groups using TI practices in their policy and advocacy work.

Lara Altman, Director of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, provided an overview of our new Tool and demonstrated how it can be used in practice.  We featured two campaigns that embody TI policymaking:

  • Colette Payne, Community Organizer with Cabrini Green Legal Aid, presented on the work to pass HB2649 (Bill of Rights for Children of the Incarcerated) and HB2444 (The Best Interest of the Child Act), which prioritizes the health and wellbeing of children of incarcerated parents.
  • Youth leaders from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) discussed the Rethinking Safety Campaign, which works to build healthy, supportive, and safe learning environments by expanding access to mental and behavioral health services; improving transparency around suspensions, expulsions, and arrests of K-12 students; and investing school-based health centers.

You can read the Trauma-Informed Policymaking Tool slides here, the Cabrini Green Legal Aid slides here, and the VOYCE slides here.