The ACEs Aware initiative is a first-in-the nation effort to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to help improve and save lives. ACEs Aware is bringing communities together in ways never before imagined to prevent, screen for, treat, and heal trauma-induced toxic stress. Together, we are getting to the root cause of some of the most harmful, persistent, and expensive health challenges facing our state and nation.
Tailoring strategies for addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress to the needs of each community is critical to achieving the goal of reducing ACEs by half in one generation. Through the ACEs Aware initiative, a total of $45 million in grant funds have been distributed across the state of California.
ACEs Aware grantees have been working to educate clinicians and communities about ACEs and toxic stress and the importance of prevention, treatment, and healing. Grantees are also building and growing existing trauma-informed networks of care in their communities. Working together, we can advance and promote these informed and inspired approaches and leverage them in service of the goal of unlocking the potential of Californians for generations to come.
Below is the dashboard showing the distribution of these grant funds.