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December 7, 2021

Considerations for Deflection and First Responder Diversion Programs: Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach

Understanding trauma is an important part of responding to calls in a trauma-informed approach. Taking steps to develop deflection programs that help connect children with treatment and services through prevention and intervention efforts can help interrupt the impacts of trauma and produce positive outcomes for children. Deflection offers first responders a way to implement such programs through partnerships among law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service agencies, treatment and service providers, and schools.

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