Please contact NYSCASA’s Director of Collaborative Holistic Services and Trauma Resources, Chrys Ballerano, at [email protected] or 518-482-4222 x308, for more information about the following resources.
Building Connections: The Sexual Assault and Mental Health Project is a long standing collaboration between NYSCASA and the Mental Health Association of New York State, funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health in collaboration with the Mental Health Association of Ulster County. The project provides ongoing technical assistance about trauma-informed resources and trainings to survivors of sexual trauma, rape crisis programs, mental health practitioners, addictions care professionals, educators, administrators of human services, and many others. We support the numerous trauma teams in various counties of New York State by helping them gather and share information locally, regionally, and statewide, and we support the development of new teams, task forces, or committees dedicated to expanding trauma-informed practices. We conduct an annual statewide training on topics related to sexual trauma and recovery and make such events open to the public and affordable to low-income populations.
We also provide access to our extensive resource library for NYSCASA members with many titles that address trauma and trauma informed care. Contact Chelsea R. Miller, Communications Director, at [email protected].
Trauma Task Forces. There are a number of trauma task forces, committees, and coalitions in New York State. Contact Chrys for information about the one in your region.
Rape Crisis Programs. NYSCASA’s member rape crisis programs provide free, confidential services including: 24/7 emergency hotline; crisis intervention; individual counseling; support groups; advocacy and accompaniment through medical, law enforcement, and court systems; information and referral.