Chief Sponsor: Cheryl K. Acton

Senate Sponsor: Daniel W. Thatcher


9     General Description:
10          This concurrent resolution recognizes the detrimental effects of an adverse childhood
11     experience (ACE) and emphasizes awareness and community engagement to prevent
12     adverse childhood experiences.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This resolution:
15          ▸     describes certain ACEs and the potential detrimental effect of accumulated ACEs;
16          ▸     highlights strategies to raise awareness about, prevent, and mitigate the effects of
17     ACEs; and
18          ▸     encourages Utah's communities to strengthen opportunities for individuals and
19     families to learn about ACEs and connect with services and activities that reduce
20     the potential for future negative outcomes.
21     Special Clauses:
22          None

24     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
25          WHEREAS, ACEs have been shown to correlate with significant future challenges in
26     adulthood when not properly mitigated;
27          WHEREAS, with prevention, education, and resources made available to members of

28     all communities throughout the state, ACEs can be managed and the detrimental effects of
29     ACEs reduced;
30          WHEREAS, research has identified common ACEs, including physical, sexual, and
31     emotional abuse, physical and emotional neglect, substance use or mental illness in the home,
32     incarceration, domestic violence, incarceration, and divorce;
33          WHEREAS, as the number of ACEs a child experiences increases so does the child's
34     risk of future perpetration of violence, sexually transmitted infection, involvement in sex
35     trafficking, teen pregnancy, mental health conditions, and various chronic diseases, including
36     diabetes, cancer, and heart disease;
37          WHEREAS, exposure to ACEs may contribute to damaging stress responses and
38     unhealthy coping strategies, including smoking cigarettes, alcohol dependence, use of illegal
39     substances, and other behaviors that are detrimental to physical and mental health;
40          WHEREAS, the harmful effects of ACEs are felt throughout the state by individuals
41     belonging to all socioeconomic statuses and ethnic groups and in both rural and urban areas;
42          WHEREAS, a 2020 report published by the Utah Department of Health found that over
43     six in 10 surveyed adults in Utah experienced at least one ACE, and nearly one in four had
44     experienced three or more ACEs;
45          WHEREAS, a 2016 report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation estimated that
46     from 2011 through 2012, 44,000 children in the state of Utah had an absent parent due to
47     incarceration;
48          WHEREAS, the Utah Sentencing Commission's 2021 Adult Sentencing and Release
49     Guidelines recognize the complex nature of childhood trauma and encourage the use of an
50     ACEs questionnaire to assist in understanding and responding to an offender's circumstances
51     and needs;
52          WHEREAS, a 2021 report published by Utah's Intergenerational Poverty Initiative
53     described Utah Department of Health efforts to increase workplace training on trauma and the
54     effects of trauma, including a pilot program to establish trauma-informed organizational
55     assessment;
56          WHEREAS, awareness in Utah's communities can help prevent the occurrence of
57     ACEs while other activities can help manage the impact of ACEs, including mental health
58     treatment, physical exercise, spending time in nature, and meditation; and

59          WHEREAS, when a parent is able to meet the basic needs of shelter, warmth,
60     nourishment, and transportation for a child, household stress and the likelihood of ACEs is
61     reduced:
62          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
63     Governor concurring therein, supports efforts to raise awareness in all of Utah's communities
64     about the detrimental effects of ACEs and the importance of parental efforts to reduce the
65     occurrence of ACEs.
66          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor support current
67     strategies to increase awareness about the impacts of trauma within state agencies and
68     encourage the further development of strategies that create trauma-informed organizations in
69     the state.
70          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor encourage
71     communities in the state to strengthen opportunities for parents to connect with services to
72     prevent and mitigate ACEs, including mental health treatment, services that provide physical
73     activity and meditation, and, when necessary, services that provide shelter, warmth,
74     nourishment, and transportation.