Department of Health and Human Services

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):, Topics:  (a) Criminal and Juvenile Justice and (b) Trauma and Violence

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.


  • Office of Minority Health:, Topic:  Trauma Resources

The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.


  • Disaster Distress Helpline:  

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline dedicated to providing year-round immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.  This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.  Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.  Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. 


  • Head Start, Early Childhood Health, and Wellness Resources on Mental Health:  

The Office of Head Start (OHS) promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5.


  • Trauma Smart:  

Created by the Crittenton Children’s Center, Trauma Smart is an innovative practice model designed to address the high incidence of complex trauma that negatively impacts children’s lives. The model is currently provided in Head Start preschool programs in 26 counties in the Kansas City metro area and across Missouri, and includes around 3,200 children annually. Crittenton has been providing mental health services for individual children in Head Start programs for over 20 years. Trauma Smart was developed out of this long history of work, after recognizing the need for a more comprehensive response to the wide range of traumatic experiences impacting children and the adults in their lives. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. Trauma Smart helps preschool children, and the adults who care for them, calmly navigate difficult life challenges. We pair practical, hands-on tools with effective coping strategies and bring them into the places where kids learn and play every day.

  • and the YouthEngaged4Change:

Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C) was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) in partnership with youth and young adults. The site was created to accomplish the following goals: 1.) Encourage youth and young adults to shape programs, policies, and services that affect them, 2.) Promote meaningful partnerships between youth and adults, 3.) Share federal resources with youth and young adults, 4.) Connect youth and young adults to opportunities funded by the federal government.