APA continues advocacy for critical federal child trauma program
PI-GRO coordinated a Capitol Hill Day on June 10 for child trauma experts from around the country who came to Washington, DC, to advocate in support of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). President Obama's Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposed an nearly 75% cut to NCTSN, which supports over 130 centers and affiliates focused on increasing access and raising the standard of care for children and families exposed to trauma. The advocacy teams comprised psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and APA staff who met with key House and Senate offices to highlight the NCTSN’s extraordinary work in expediting science to service for children and families in need. This effort built on recent PI-GRO advocacy efforts on behalf of the NCTSN, including staff-led congressional visits, congressional briefings, and a Public Policy Advocacy Network action alert that resulted in nearly 1,000 constituent letters to U.S. Senators.