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ACR-8 Post-traumatic “street” disorder.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 8

Introduced by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer

January 10, 2017

Relative to post-traumatic “street” disorder.


ACR 8, as introduced, Jones-Sawyer. Post-traumatic “street” disorder.
This measure would recognize post-traumatic “street” disorder as a mental health condition with growing implications for our state.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Post-traumatic “street” disorder is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic “street” disorder is a mental health condition that is triggered by terrifying or traumatic events associated with living in highly segregated and deeply impoverished neighborhoods, where paralyzing violence or extreme poverty is either experienced or witnessed by residents; and
WHEREAS, Symptoms of post-traumatic “street” disorder may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event itself, which can take years to manifest; and
WHEREAS, Post-traumatic “street” disorder symptoms tend to go undetected and undiagnosed in children and adults, resulting in generational and cyclical forms of the disorder permeating inner cities. Symptoms may start within three months of the traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms may cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships; and
WHEREAS, Post-traumatic “street” disorder symptoms are similar to those of PTSD and are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reactions. However, with a lack of diagnosis in the early stages of street trauma, symptoms become masked by other disorders, such as willful defiance, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and violence, and those other disorders become the focus of diagnosis; and
WHEREAS, There is an epidemic of post-traumatic “street” disorder in American cities, and it has nothing to do with the wars being fought abroad. Homegrown violence and a sense of hopelessness in America’s urban war zones are leaving thousands of children and adults with severe psychological trauma that stunts their emotional and cognitive development; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes post-traumatic “street” disorder as a mental health condition with growing implications for our state.