What We Do

PACTS is a project led by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS) and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency’s (SAMHSA) through the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSN).

We are one of 72 sites nationally awarded a 5-year Community Treatment and Services(CTS) Center (Category III) grant.

Develop a system of care

At present DBHIDS has facilitated the training of 20 programs in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child and Adult Relationship Enhancement(CARE) and the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention(CFTSI). Our partner agencies serve as the core behavioral health for PACTS.  In order to provide full geographic coverage of the City of Philadelphia, we annually develop a selection process via which behavioral health agencies serving high need areas of Philadelphia can apply to join PACTS.span>


 Provide trauma-informed and trauma-focused services

In addition to training agencies in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment highly effective for traumatized youth 3-18 years of age, we also provide training in Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CTFSI), the only evidence based practice shown to prevent Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) in youth 7-17 years of age when provided within the first 45 days after a potentially traumatic event

  • Increase screening of children in a variety of physical and  behavioral settings
  • Administer trauma assessments
  • Implement trauma-focused evidence based practices (EBPs)


Increase the number of children who receive the most effective trauma-focused and trauma informed care in Philadelphia

  In order to ensure the highest quality service and to organize a system of care, we have on-going meetings to provide on-going consultation, group supervision (conference calls), and ensure that children and families are being served in a timely manner.  


SAMHSA requires evaluation at both the client and the provider level.  We will be using a web-based system to input data that will automatically be returned to each therapist and agency.  We believe that this feedback will serve to improve children and family outcomes and promote providers’ ability to monitor progress.