Alameda County Family Justice Center Receives Trauma Recovery Center Award

The Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) was recently selected as one of six organizations to receive a Trauma Recovery Center grant from the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB). The Trauma Recovery Center program provides trauma-informed mental health treatment and case management to underserved crime victims and their families.

The ACFJC was first awarded a Trauma Recovery Center grant from CalVCB in 2016. The two-year funding was used to establish a Trauma Recovery Center at the Oakland-based ACFJC in partnership with La Familia Counseling Services. The Trauma Recovery Center serves survivors of trauma through an innovative model of comprehensive care and outreach.

The ACFJC will use the $1,377,391 FY18 award to enhance the Trauma Recovery Center that was launched through the FY16 grant. This is the only Family Justice Center-based Trauma Recovery Center in the nation. The ACFJC will partner with La Familia Counseling Services and Youth Alive! to co-locate clinicians onsite, reducing wait times for victims and ensuring comprehensive support for the complex trauma and diverse barriers to access they may face.

Victims will receive comprehensive case management and evidence-based mental health services. In addition, Trauma Recovery Center Advocates will connect victims with the ACFJC’s 30 co-located community partners for additional services, such as victim and witness assistance, support for victim compensation claims, legal advocacy, restraining orders, and benefits assistance and enrollment. Advocates also connect victims with a network of more than 50 offsite referral partners for supports including transitional housing, job training and placement, and additional mental and physical health services throughout Alameda County. Through the Trauma Recovery Center, the ACFJC provides training on the effects of violent crime and the treatment of trauma to law enforcement, community-based organizations, and health care providers.

The ACFJC award runs through 2020. Funding for the Trauma Recovery Center program comes from the Restitution Fund and the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, which appropriates ten percent of funds saved from reductions in the state prison population for this grant program. CalVCB provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury due to domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, and vehicular manslaughter.

Additional information about the Trauma Recovery Center program and a full list of awardees is available here.