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Trauma & Toxic Stress

Building Michigan's Trauma-Informed System for Children and their Families

Here you will find information about trauma & toxic stress, the impact on health and development and ways to lessen negative outcomes - information from national and state experts that are working to build trauma-informed systems of care for children and their families in Michigan. The information is meant for human service professionals in all sectors as well as parents and caregivers.

For more information, contact Mary Mueller at or 517-373-4190 or Alicia Cosgrove at or 517-241-9709.

This site was developed, in part, with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Building Health Through Integration grant (grant number H25MC00252), total award $420,000. The information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Michigan’s participation in the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative was also a catalyst for creating this site. Supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and staffed by Policy Research Associates, Inc., the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative provides technical assistance to states in support of efforts to improve child-serving system responses to children experiencing trauma as a result of their exposure to violence.