SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) is the US government’s body setup to “support States, Territories, Tribes, communities, and local organizations through grant and contract awards and provide national leadership in promoting the provision of quality behavioral health services”.
“Behavioral Health” – this it the term used in the USA to refer to mental (or emotional, or psychological) health.
However, SAMHSA has a long history of recognising the links between trauma and distressing symptoms and “mental illness”., and are committed to the promotion of a recovery orientation – see, for example, their Recovery Guiding Principles Whitepaper.
Now, they are promoting Trauma Informed Care, through promotion of information, for example, on the prevalence and treatment approaches for women in jail and substance abuse programmes at http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov/pdfs/Women/series/AddressingHistories.pdf
SAMHSA is now seeking feedback on their proposed Guidelines for Implementing a Trauma Informed Approach (to mental health care…) at http://www.samhsa.gov/traumajustice/traumadefinition/index.aspx
This page references a title which looks to be worth following up for those interested in constructing trauma informed services: New Directions for Mental Health Services, Using Trauma Theory to Design Service Systems, No. 89 Spring 2001, Maxine Harris & Roger D. Fallot (Eds.)
Another important agency in the USA with a strong emphasis on trauma informed care is the NASMHPD (National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors) which has been promoting this form of care for more than twenty years! Links to many of their resources are at http://www.nasmhpd.org/TA/NCTIC.aspx