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Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico

by Centro de Fortalecimiento Familiar de Puerto Rico, Inc. ESCAPE
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico

ESCAPE continue its offering of specialized services to children and their families in Puerto Rico to address and prevent post-traumatic stress disorders resulting from Hurricane Maria to minimize the occurrence of child abuse and family violence.

To this date, 129 persons have received psychological, support and prevention services. Among the psychological interventions identified during this period, anxiety stands out. In children, anxiety has mostly been related to separation of their main attachment figures either by moving to the United States or death. In addition, some children have presented symptomatology consistent with autism spectrum disorder.

What worries the team the most is the increase in participants with suicidal ideations, including children under 15. Adults and children who had a fragile mental health before the hurricane, have deteriorated during the past two years. This has caused crises that include divorces, domestic violence, others.

To increase the scope of the services, a collaboration agreement with the Carlos Albizu University was formalized to add graduate level psychologists in training to the team.

During this quarter, October to December, the following activities were implemented as part of the Project:

-       New community alliances were formalized

-       Screening, assessment and intake process continued

-       Psychological and case management services were provided including support, coordination of services and follow-up

Thanks again for the support!

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ESCAPE continue its offering of specialized services to children and their families in Puerto Rico to address and prevent post-traumatic stress disorders resulting from Hurricane Maria to minimize the occurrence of child abuse and family violence.

To this date, 38 persons have received psychological and support services. Of these 80% are females. There have been cases of pre-existing mental health conditions as depression, anxiety and stress that worsened after the beginning of hurricane season (2019). Other cases have been of parents looking for tools and support to handle diagnoses of their children, which after the hurricane worsened as: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, others.

During this quarter, July to September, the following activities were implemented as part of the Project:

-       Project team was trained (Psychologist and Service Coordinator)

-       Documents and procedures related to the project were finished

-       Community alliances was formalized

-       Marketing and social marketing materials and strategies were developed and disseminated

-       Screening, assessment and intake process initiated

-       Psychological and case management services were provided including support, coordination of services and follow-up

Thanks again for the support!

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Thanks again for the support!

It’s important for ESCAPE to be able to provide specialized services to children and their families in Puerto Rico to address and prevent post-traumatic stress disorders resulting from Hurricane Maria and to minimize the occurrence of child abuse and family violence. At first, with the initial $50,000 donation, the specialized professionals will provide psychosocial services, with an emphasis in skills building, crisis intervention and service coordination, to 200 children and their families in the metropolitan area.

The $50,000 donation was disbursed on April 19, 2019. From April 20 to June 30 the organization implement 60% of the first two phases of the project: planning and start up period. In these phases the project team was recruited and formed, resources were brought together, and the plan was revised.

During the next quarter (July to September) the following activities will be implemented as part of the Project:

 -      Project team will be trained

-       Documents and procedures related to the project will be finished

-       Community alliances will be formalized

-       Marketing and social marketing materials and strategies will be developed and disseminated

-       Screening, assessment and intake process will initiate

-       Psychological and case management services will be provided including support and follow-up

-       Data collection will initiate

-       Constant program monitoring and support through case discussions and supervision will be developed

Thanks again for making it possible to offer, for free, such an important mental health service on the island.

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Centro de Fortalecimiento Familiar de Puerto Rico, Inc. ESCAPE

Location: San Juan - Puerto Rico
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Twitter: @ESCAPEpr
Project Leader:
Yadira Pizarro
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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