Project BRAID (Building Resilience in Areas Impacted by Domestic Violence), led by Maine Behavioral Healthcare, is a comprehensive program of training, technical assistance, and clinical trauma treatment provision aimed at improving system responses to non-abusing parents and their children exposed to domestic violence. Project BRAID is run in collaboration with three local domestic violence resource centers and two partnering community mental health agencies. Project BRAID works to enhance culturally and linguistically competent services by providing training and technical assistance to domestic violence resource centers and other service providers in various evidence-based or best practices. The project serves York County and Washington County as well as the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point.
Training in evidence-based trauma treatment models (Child Parent Psychotherapy and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention) is being provided to clinicians in each of the targeted communities. A total of 16 clinicians and 7 supervisors are participating in an 18 month long CPP Learning Collaborative and 6 clinicians received CFTSI training and consultation from model developers at Yale University. Extensive outreach was done to educate community providers about these treatment models and specifically tailored referral pathways were designed and implemented for each of the domestic violence resource center partners to enable children to access clinical treatment expediently. The project is currently evaluating results and gathering advice from local communities to enhance and adapt programs for special populations (i.e. tribes, rural communities).
Project BRAID works with domestic violence resource centers and community partners to build competencies and enhance the well-being and resilience of parents and children who are exposed to domestic violence. Through targeted training and ongoing consultation, project partners are enriching parent-child focused programing and implementing new practices. One example is a parent and child shelter/transitional housing intake assessment, titled Your Unique Child, which includes targeted questions to assess for culturally specific traditions, routines, and needs.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) has extensive experience creating and administering programs aimed at improving child well-being. MBH received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, to run the Maine Children’s Trauma Response Initiative, a state-wide trauma-informed system of care for children who suffer as a result of experiencing or witnessing violence. Additionally, MBH co-led Portland Defending Childhood, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a multi-year community-based initiative aimed at preventing and addressing childhood exposure to violence. A sample document from Project BRAID called “Your Unique Child” can be found here: http://promising.futureswithoutviolence.org/files/2019/01/Your-Unique-Child_Project-BRAID.pdf.
Project BRAID Partners:
Community Mental Health Agencies
Domestic Violence Resource Centers