GOCCP Hosts First “Handle with Care” Statewide Summit

child windowThe Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) recently hosted the state’s first “Handle with Care” Summit.

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford provided welcoming remarks to the over 150 members of law enforcement, teachers, counselors, and mental health providers that were in attendance.

From a GOCCP press release:

This one-day summit brought together individuals and teams from around the state to share best practices for the Handle with Care Maryland program, an initiative designed to address adverse childhood experiences with the goal of mitigating the impact of trauma on Maryland youth. Research by the Department of Justice suggests 60 percent of American children have been exposed to violence, crime, or abuse, and witnessing or experiencing traumatic events can have long-lasting effects on a child’s education, interactions with the juvenile and criminal justice systems, as well as their long-term physical and mental health.

Sessions for the Handle with Care Maryland Summit were designed to give participants a better understanding of adverse childhood experiences and the impact that trauma can have on a child’s ability to learn, trauma-informed practices overall, and crimes impacting communities and local school systems. Summit attendees also heard from school systems and law enforcement agencies already implementing Handle with Care Maryland, who discussed best practices and lessons that could help jurisdictions piloting the program in the fall.

For more information:

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Introduces First-Ever Handle With Care Maryland Summit (GOCCP)

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“Handle with Care” will be one of the programs showcased at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference session, “New Tools for Tracking and Treating the Opioid Crises.” The session will be held on Friday, August 16.

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Ocean City Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Winds of Change.”

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference: