Contact: Madison Wiberg

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Mike Gallagher, along with his colleague Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), launched the Trauma-Informed Care Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan caucus will work to increase awareness in Congress of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC), the science-based treatment framework used to address the root causes of major public health issues in the U.S., including addiction, mental health, and obesity.

After announcing the caucus, Rep. Gallagher said, “Trauma-Informed Care presents a unique opportunity for members of Congress—both Republicans and Democrats—to come together and improve health outcomes for the millions of children, families, and adults across the United States who have been impacted by trauma.” He continued, “I highly encourage my colleagues in the House to join this caucus. By working together, we can raise awareness of TIC and its vital role in helping solve some of our nation’s most pressing public health issues.”

In support of Rep. Gallagher’s efforts, First Lady Tonette Walker said, “Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) has the power to improve outcomes for all children and influence our nation’s future health and well-being. Here in Wisconsin, we are working to become the first fully trauma-informed state in the country, and we aren’t stopping there. We are also bringing TIC to the national stage.” She continued, “Thank you to Congressman Mike Gallagher and Congressman Danny Davis for being national allies in educating others about TIC. By starting the Trauma-Informed Care Caucus in the U.S. House of Representative we can help change lives.”

Rep. Gallagher’s decision to launch the caucus is part of a wider effort—led by First Lady Tonette Walker—to make Wisconsin the first TIC state in the U.S., and increase national awareness. Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Gallagher’s Trauma-Informed Care resolution with unanimous support.  The resolution recognizes the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care (TIC) in improving health outcomes.

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