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About the Ambit Network

What does Ambit stand for?

The ambit is an ancient navigational tool similar to a compass. In modern usage, the word means sphere of action or influence.

The ambit reflects our center's mission of navigating research and practice in child trauma.

What is Ambit Network?

AMBIT Network's aim is to make high quality care more accessible for traumatized children and families in Minnesota and beyond. 

Ambit is a leader in helping communities use research-based prevention and intervention techniques to increase children's ability to deal with trauma.

In order to achieve these goals, Ambit partners with a variety of nonprofit, government, and community agencies to help them improve the care they offer to traumatized youth and families.

How Ambit Works

Ambit Network is a community-university partnership involving fourteen different private and public entities, and was developed to meet the mental health needs of children exposed to trauma and violence in the Minnesota.

Ambit works with a broad base of community experts including mental health providers, culturally specific and mainstream social service providers, supportive housing agencies, schools, police, child service systems, and University of Minnesota researchers.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

As a Category III site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Ambit Network seeks to integrate evidence-based treatments into community systems of care for traumatized children, and to create a continuum of care for highly diverse groups of underserved children and families, including refugee and immigrant children.

Ambit Network's broad community partnership allows collaborating partners to pool resources in order to expand their reach beyond what any single agency or system could accomplish. The involvement of both government and private insurers enables sustainability efforts to focus on developing and accessing new and current funding streams. By bridging and sustaining collaborative efforts among and between their partner agencies, Ambit Network is able to forge new pathways of care for traumatized children.

Evidence-Based Practices

Evidence-based practices are programs that work for children and families and are based on a strong body of research supporting their effectiveness. These programs are sometimes challenging to implement in community settings because in order for them to show good results they need to be implemented ‘as intended' by the original developer. Ambit Network helps providers, agencies, systems, and jurisdictions to implement evidence-based practices for families affected by traumatic stress. Implementation is a process, not a one-time event. It requires staff training, infrastructure building, monitoring of program fidelity, and outcomes. Effective implementation requires agency support and resources devoted to coaching and supervising staff.

Over the past several years, Ambit has partnered with the State of Minnesota, the Minneapolis public schools, supportive housing agencies, and mental health clinics across Minnesota to bring – and sustain - best practices to families affected by traumatic events.

Program Archive

Child Development Policing Program

Parenting Through Change (PTC)