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Rockford, IL: Schools address trauma/mental illness; 'comfort rooms' for calming down

Mar 10, 2018, Rockford, IL, Rock River Times: Winnebago County leaders address trauma as root of community problems http://rockrivertimes.com/2018/03/09/winnebago-county-leaders-address-trauma-as-root-of-community-problems/ Leaders in education, social services, and government in Winnebago County are trying to work together on a common thread they see running through their community’s biggest challenges – trauma …. A program in the Harlem School District was held up as a good example: they’ve reduced discipline problems by seeking out the sources of trauma that lead to disruptive behavior in their students. They’ve accomplished this by training all staff in trauma informed care, including bus drivers and food service employees, who often see children first. They also have designated “comfort rooms” where students can go to calm down instead of acting out.