Category Archives: Outcomes

Childhood Trauma, Better Outcomes

In a blog post on the website of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Kristin Schubert writes she remembers when her professional focus changed fundamentally to include the effects of violence on health after she read the Adverse Childhood Experience’s (ACE) study in 2007. ACE researchers found that the more trauma a child experiences, the more likely that person will develop chronic life-threatening diseases and suffer life-limiting circumstances such as being incarcerated, unemployed or uneducated as an adult.

Another recent survey on the subject also validates what most people already know to be true about childhood trauma, according to Schubert, in that Americans believe that our health is shaped by the experiences of our youth. The study, which was conducted by RWJF, NPR and Harvard University’s School of Public Health, and released in March, found the following:

  • 9 out of 10 Americans (89%) believe that being abused or neglected as a child has an extremely or very important impact on health as an adult. 
  • 2 out of 3 Americans (66%) believe that living in poverty as a child has an extremely or very important impact on health as an adult.
  • 4 out of 10 Americans (39%) report that they have had one or more childhood experiences they believe had a harmful effect on their health as an adult.

Schubert believes these results show that Americans are ready to shape a new policy to strengthen families and promote wellness. She discusses some of the promising leaders and partnerships taking place to begin building a movement to accomplish these goals.

Read the RWJF blog here.

PEI Report to the MHSOAC

UCLA collected information about PEI expenditures, programs/activities and participant demographics for FY 2011-12 from counties through a process developed in collaboration with an Evaluation Advisory Group comprised of county department of mental health representatives. This report documents PEI expenditures, programs/activities and the demographics of people that participated during FY 2011-12

Executive Summary

Prevention and Early Intervention: California’s Investment to Prevent Mental Illness from becoming Severe and Disabling

MHSOAC Evaluation Interpretation Paper: Use of PEI Funds for Prevention and Early Intervention Efforts 

California State Auditor MHSA Report 2012

This report concludes the Mental Health and the Accountability Commission have provided little oversight of counties’ implementation of MHSA programs, particularly as it relates to evaluating whether these programs are effective. However, looking to the future, the opportunity exists for the state entities responsible for oversight to better demonstrate the effectiveness of the MHSA.