I support SC House Bill 3458!

I support SC House Bill 3458!

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been identified as a serious risk to our population, and steps must be taken to address how we identify and treat their long-lasting effects.

ACEs come in a variety of forms, ranging from abuse and neglect to exposure to harmful or dysfunctional environments such as domestic violence, substance misuse or absence of a caregiver through incarceration, separation or death.

Studies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that exposure to these types of trauma at a young age can have devasting effects throughout a person's lifetime. Exposure to ACEs increases an individual's risk of experiencing depression, developing a substance use disorder, and the risk of attempting suicide. Shockingly, the report also linked increased chances of experiencing serious physical illnesses, such as heart and liver disease, to high numbers of ACEs.

Early identification is key, and how we respond to an individual's needs is vital. Often, reactions to experiencing traumatic events manifest in ways that are often misidentified as other disorders, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). When we misidentify a problem, it means we inappropriately treat it. Our children deserve better.


South Carolina House Bill 3458, sponsored by Representative Robinson, would task the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) with coordinating the state response to identifying and treating ACEs. Their job would involve data collection, training and collaboration with other entities to research and implement evidence-based practices that both identify and mitigate the effects of ACEs.

This by no means a comprehensive solution to this serious problem, but it starts an important conversation that needs to happen within our state.

Please join me, as a concerned citizen of this state, in signing this petition. It will be passed to Representative Robinson, who can use it as support when the bill comes in front of the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

(References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 14, 245-258.)


I started this petition because...
I am a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, pursuing my Masters in Social Work. Through personal experience and specialized education as part of my program, I have come to acknowledge the impact of trauma on an individual, and the need to change our approach in identifying and treating the effects.

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