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Santa Clara County Offers Tools, Training to Prepare for AB 340 Trauma "Screening" Bill Effective July 1

Trauma informed care is a model of care intended to promote healing and reduce risk for retraumatization. Early identification of trauma and providing the appropriate treatment are critical tools for reducing long-term healthcare costs for both children and adults. Individuals who experienced trauma in childhood are at significantly increased risk of heart diseases and diabetes compared to those who did not experience traumatic events. Research has shown that individuals who experienced several traumatic childhood events are likely to die 20 years sooner than those without these experiences. These physical health costs are in addition to the mental health and substance use disorders that often follow childhood trauma.

  • Effective Date: July 1, 2019
  • Target Population: Children and adults up to age 65 (Medi-Cal)
  • Provider Types: All
  • CPT Code: 96160 • Rate: $29

Tool: • For children, the Bay Area Research Consortium (BARC) tool will be utilized. There are two versions of this tool based on age — one for children, ages 1 – 12, and one for teens, ages 13 – 19.

  • For adults, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) assessment or a similar tool can be utilized.    Frequency
  • Providers will be able to bill for children to receive periodic rescreening, as determined appropriate and medically necessary, not more often than once per year per provider, and no less often than every three years;
  • Adults will be screened once in their lifetime.
  • Basic Elements of a Trauma and Resilience program
  1.   “Screening”-inquiry tool
  2.   Training (for all the staff) — ACEsConnection; Center for Youth Wellness webinars; Dr. Burke-Harris TED Talk; show the “Resilience” film (SCC Public Health Dept. —
  3. Workflow —Mental Health, Social Work, Embedded navigator (M.A.), Child         Abuse Report, Follow Up, parenting class, resilience class
  4. Resourcesgrid —  Examples: SCC MCAH, SCC Board of Education, SCC First Five, Community Solutions, Dial 211, Kaiser Pedi Social Worker,  PAMF Connected Parents, Connected Kids safety card.

Healthy Spaces Webinar Series (Two 1-Hour Webinars)

Communicating About ACEs with Patients and Families

presented by:

Leena Singh, DrPH, MPH - Director of the NPPC

Karissa Luckett, RN, MSW - NPPC Pilot Site Coach 

April 23, 2019

9-10 a.m.  (PT)

Noon-1 p.m.(ET)

Register for the webinars Here

The National Pediatric Practice Community on ACEs is led by the Center for Youth Wellness, with funding from The JPB Foundation, Genentech, Google and the Packard Foundation

April 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. PST the National Pediatric Practice Community on ACEs (NPPC), an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness, will be hosting a webinar to support efforts to screen all children for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and additional adversities.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care

Child Abuse & Neglect Center (24 Hour)

Santa Clara County Toll-Free Phone Number

(833) SCC- KIDS (722-5437)​


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