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Dr. Bita Ghafoori Awarded Grant to Establish Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center (LBTRC)

The California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board has awarded Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) a $534,579 grant for a project with St. Mary Medical Center that will establish the Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center (LBTRC), just the second center of its kind in the state. The LBTRC will be operated by CSULB and housed at St. Mary Medical Center and the Community Clinic for Counseling and Educational Services on the CSULB campus. Dr. Bita Ghafoori, CSULB Professor of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, will serve as the Primary Investigator/Director of the LBTRC project. The goal of the project is to create a comprehensive model of trauma and mental health care for victims of crime and their families while removing barriers to care for underserved victims of crime.

The Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center will include a multidisciplinary group of community professionals, behavioral scientists and clinicians dedicated to providing education, services and treatment to victims of violence. The trauma center team, which includes community based agencies St Mary Medical Center (level II trauma center), Centro Cha (serving the Hispanic community), Interval House (serving victims of domestic violence), and The Center (serving the LGBTQ community), will work together with police, law enforcement, and academia to study best practices for violence intervention comprehensively and to provide evidence-based, actionable solutions for victims of violence, educators, industry, government and other stakeholders.

Among the services the center will provide are mental health services to victims of crime and their families; social services and medical patient navigation to victims of crime; comprehensive community outreach utilizing the expertise of established community based organizations; clinical case management; assistance with crime victim compensation documentation; and coordination of care between professionals serving victims of crime.