Trauma Informed Care Progress Report

March 15, 2018

LRADAC is proud to announce that we did very well in our recent Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) survey.  Our staff works to help individuals and families prevent and recover from substance use disorders, we have embraced a movement within the behavioral health field known as Trauma-Informed Care.  We aspire to offer services and create an environment based on the highest standard of clinical care which incorporates the principles of the evidence-based practice of trauma-informed care.  These key principles include safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment.

LRADAC realizes the prevalence and widespread impact of trauma and is committed to providing an organizational structure and treatment framework which integrates a trauma-informed approach through recognizing, understanding, and responding to the specific needs of trauma survivors.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), unaddressed traumatic experiences increase a person’s risk of mental and substance use disorders.

Some of the strengths highlighted in our TIC survey include our fully staffed Health and Safety Committee; our Employee Engagement Committee; our Client Advocacy Committee; annual employee trainings for safety, CPI (Crisis Intervention), and TIC (trauma-informed care); and individualized plans of care for all clients.  LRADAC embraces key principals of care that address previous trauma as a factor in a person’s use of alcohol or drugs. The agency continues to focus on Trauma-Informed Care in every aspect of its work.  Our goal is to provide our clients with a physically and emotionally safe environment that promotes healing and recovery and fully integrates knowledge about trauma into our policies, procedures, and practices.

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.