Boston University News Release

25th October, 2001

BUMC Creates Child Trauma Center

Boston, Mass. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded a $1.8 million grant to Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) to establish a treatment and services development center focusing on caring for children and adolescents exposed to trauma.

The new center will support and develop effective treatments and services for children who have experienced trauma, and will specialize in cases that are the result of war, displacement or refugee status, accidents, or invasive medical procedures.

Distributed over a three-year period, the grant is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, a federally funded response to the problems of traumatic stress in children. BMC will be responsible for developing intervention research, educational resources and training for professionals concerning traumatic stress in children.

"This funding will establish BUMC in a leadership role in a new national agenda on the development of effective treatments for traumatized children," said Glenn Saxe, MD, chairman in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at BMC, assistant professor of psychiatry at BUSM and principal investigator of the grant.

The center will be developed over the next few months and is a joint effort between BMC, BUSM, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at BMC is committed to providing high-quality health care through psychiatric evaluation and management of children and adolescents in the Emergency Department and on inpatient units. Full outpatient mental health services are provided for children, adolescents, and their families.

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