#242 Facilitating Trauma Care for Baltimore Youth
On Monday, September 9, police responded to reports of a body hanging near a Baltimore City school, with the cause of death suspected to be suicide. Though spokeswoman Detective Nicole Monroe stated that no children could have observed the body due to police intervention, school staff say that multiple students stated they'd seen the body and had been traumatized by the incident. These school officials felt that the City has not efficiently equipped public schools to provide adequate mental healthcare to students after traumatic events like this (https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2019/09/12/trauma-and-anger-after-a-body-is-discovered-hanging-near-a-baltimore-school/).
Jan 18, 2021
Sep 25, 2019
Why it matters
Beyond this specific incident, there are high rates of violence and homicide in Baltimore that affect many children and their families. This can lead to traumatic incidents on public school grounds that there is no framework for addressing within schools. Even if licensed counselors are brought on to provide care, they may lack the knowledge of the school culture and student population needed to truly help students heal. There is also currently a Trauma-Responsive Care Act bill that seeks to address this gap in health care in the city (https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2019/08/06/council-bill-seeks-to-boost-citys-response-to-youth-trauma/).
What does "good" look like?
Good looks like Baltimore City Public Schools having robust resources to provide trauma-related health care services to youth, particularly after incidents that affect large groups of students.
How could technology solve this?
Technology can be used to gather data on students' mental health and trauma responses; train first responders, Government officials, school officials, and others who have contact with youth on how to respond to traumatic incidents and provide care to students; and measure outcomes of trauma care initiatives.