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Community News

Trauma Recovery Center Opens

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 10
5/16/2014




The new Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center opened on the campus of Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center on April 18 with a focus on providing comprehensive mental health services for survivors of trauma and victims of crime.

It is just the second center of its kind in California.

Individuals, at least 12 years of age, who have suffered a traumatic event within the last three years, may refer themselves to the program if they are not already undergoing mental health therapy. Friends and caregivers also may make referrals.

The new center, located at 1045 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 801, is designed for comfort. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center is a partnership between California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center and provides quality care at no cost to survivors and their families. Services include:

* Outreach and education services
* Clinical evaluations
* Individual therapy for victims and survivors of trauma
* Crisis intervention
* Group therapy services
* Substance abuse counseling and/or referral.
* Family/couples therapy
* Psychiatric medication consultation/follow up

Case management services are also provided, including assistance with applying for Victim Compensation Programs, SSI, and other financial entitlements; access to shelter, food, and housing services; home visits; help with medical appointments, and other health-related referrals.

The primary goal of the center is to create a comprehensive model of trauma and mental health care for victims of crime and their families while removing barriers to care for underserved victims of crime.

“The mission of CSULB includes providing highly valued educational opportunities through superior research and service for the people of California,” said Dr. Bita Ghafoori, CSULB professor of advanced studies in education and counseling, and director of the Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center project. “This aligns with the mission of the Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center.

“Our staff is committed to creating a better quality of life for individuals who have experienced crime and violence by providing mental health care, advocacy, outreach, education and evidence-based services. The center is a true city-wide collaboration that will serve the multitude of needs of individuals who have experienced violence.”

The Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center is a result of a $534,579 award from the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims to California State University, Long Beach in partnership with Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center. Additionally, The California Endowment awarded Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center $40,000 to establish the center.

“Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center has been committed to the total well-being of the community for over 90 years. We are partnering with CSULB in this innovative program to help individuals recover more fully from situations over which they had no control,” said President/CEO Tom Salerno. “We believe in the healing power of humanity and this Trauma Recover Center will be a powerful example of it.”

Also involved with the project are the Long Beach Police Department (law enforcement), Los Angeles County District Attorney and Long Beach City Prosecutor (judicial), and Long Beach’s City Manager Office (local government) with each agency’s participation arising from the City of Long Beach’s Violence Prevention Plan, which went into effect at the beginning of the new year.

The Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center includes a multidisciplinary group of community professionals, behavioral scientists and clinicians dedicated to providing education, services and treatment to victims of violence. The trauma recovery center team will work together to study best practices for violence intervention comprehensively and to provide evidence-based, actionable solutions for victims of violence, educators, industry, government and other stakeholders.

The first Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) in California is the San Francisco TRC, a collaboration between San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco. Ghafoori said it is an award-winning, nationally recognized program that serves some of northern California’s most vulnerable individuals – victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, gunshot injuries, stabbings and family members of homicide victims. It is considered a highly successful program based on results from a randomized controlled trial.

Submitted by St. Mary Medical Center