The UC San Francisco Trauma Recovery Center developed the TRC model of care in 2001 to serve survivors of violence who were falling through the cracks of traditional victim services. By combining assertive outreach, trauma-informed mental health services, and help with practical needs, TRCs are breaking the cycle of violence and removing barriers to care in underserved communities.
Outcome data demonstrates what sets this model apart: high rates of engagement in services, significant improvements in mental health / wellness, and effective linkage to other community supports. TRCs provide wraparound care that costs less than traditional, fee-for-service mental health treatment alone.
In 2013, the State of California passed legislation to begin replicating the TRC model. In 2017, California passed legislation to define standards for TRCs across the state and codified minimum requirements and best practices for what constitutes a TRC.
As additional states replicated the TRC model, programs joined together in 2019 to form the National Alliance of Trauma Recovery Centers (NATRC). We offer a learning community to share best practices and innovations, advocacy updates, and provider support, along with support for TRC implementation and program development through the TRC Technical Assistance Program. By expanding our network, the NATRC serves as a catalyst to advocate for just and equitable healing services.