Led by Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Project BRAID (Building Resilience in Areas Impacted by Domestic Violence) is a comprehensive program of training, technical assistance, and trauma treatment provision aimed at improving system responses to non-abusing parents and their children exposed to domestic violence. Through these efforts and in partnership with local domestic violence resource centers in targeted Maine communities, parent competencies and well-being will be increased, and the trauma symptoms of children and youth will be decreased. Partnering communities include York County and Washington County as well as the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point. By the end of the two-year project period, Project BRAID will 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. Training in evidence-based trauma treatment models (Child Parent Psychotherapy and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention) will also be provided to clinicians in targeted communities, allowing them to provide these treatment models with high-quality supervision and consultation. The project will evaluate results and, with advice from the local communities, enhance or adapt programs for special populations (i.e. tribes, rural communities) as appropriate.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) has extensive experience creating and administering programs aimed at improving child well-being. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, MBH runs the Maine Children’s Trauma Response Initiative, designed to develop a state-wide trauma-informed system of care for children who are suffering as a result of experiencing or witnessing violence. Additionally, MBH co-leads Portland Defending Childhood, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, aimed at preventing and addressing childhood exposure to violence. Portland Defending Childhood employs a three-part framework to address violence exposure through prevention, intervention, and treatment. Portland, Maine is among eight communities nation-wide selected to serve as a demonstration site for the Defending Childhood initiative.
Project BRAID Partners:
- Lead: Maine Behavioral Healthcare
- Caring Unlimited
- Next Step Domestic Violence Project
- Peaceful Relations
- Aroostook Mental Health Center