GEORGETOWN, Del. - On Monday night, Governor John Carney and the Family Services Cabinet Council spoke with people in Sussex County about making Delaware a "trauma-informed state."

A study from the Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACE, showed that children exposed to traumatic experiences increases the chance of physical and psychological illness later in life.

Carney's Executive Order states that 14% of Delaware adults exposed to ACEs were 8 times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition, and 7 times more likely to be diagnosed with a substance abuse problem.

The state wants to build resilience of children and families through trauma-responsive care.

"Trying to get all of our agencies to work together, to develop trauma-informed approaches to the work they do is so critically important,” said Governor John Carney.

The Governor says they have to deal with trauma because it gets in the way of people abiding by the law and children’s education.

Objectives for the rest of 2019 are to adopt a trauma-informed vision, mission and value statement, and a trauma-informed care steering committee.

To help Delaware become a healthier state, the Governor and Council will promote a “Trauma Awareness Month” in Delaware, integrating trauma informed practices, developing a care toolkit, and more.

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