Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Collaboration

SAMHSA training at Hilbert College in Fall 2014.

SAMHSA serves as a collaborative resource for the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care.

ITTIC was one of seven locations to receive a "Train the Trainer" grant on Trauma-Informed Care and the Criminal Justice System. In addition to funding, SAMHSA provides materials and support for ITTIC, which are used to train organizations in the community. SAMHSA offers an array of free material to assist individuals and organizations as they engage in trauma-informed care.

As a result of this collaboration, ITTIC organizes two offerings of the SAMHSA training "How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses" each year. 

April 2018 Training

Shelley Hitzel and Cpt. Elliott, Niagara County Sheriff's Department, trained the current Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy recruit class which is comprised of seven individuals who will be employed at various law enforcement agencies. These agencies include: Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Niagara Falls Police Department and the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

If you would like more information regarding the training or are a law enforcement professional interested in becoming a SAMHSA trainer, please contact Shelley Hitzel at or (716) 550-1910.