Biography of Wayne Fortin
Founder and CEO of Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc.
|Mr. Wayne Fortin is a licensed mental health professional who
has worked in the community mental health field for over 22 years.
| In 1985, he founded the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) within
the San Diego County Mental Health system. In 1989, Mr. Fortin
established the TIP program as a non-profit organization (Trauma
Intervention Programs, Inc.) dedicated to providing immediate
support to those emotionally traumatized by crisis events.
| Mr. Fortin led Trauma Intervention Programs Inc. in a national
competition for the Innovations in State and Local Government
Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation which TIP
was awarded in 1991. This award is widely considered to be the
most prestigious award given to non-profits and public agencies.
Following this award, Mr. Fortin established a National Office
of Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. dedicated to establishing
TIP programs nationwide.
| Today, Mr. Fortin continues to lead the Trauma Intervention Programs,
Inc. He oversees 18 regional Chapters which serve over 75 cities,
100 hospitals, 67 police departments, and 55 fire departments.
Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. is the largest operator of
emergency services volunteer programs in the nation.
| In April 2000, Mr. Fortin received the 2000
Crime Victim Service Award
from Attorney General Janet Reno.
This award is considered the highest federal award for victim
| Mr. Fortin continues to devote his professional career to assisting
hospitals and communities develop their capacity to provide compassionate
care in emergency settings (emergency departments, ICU's, burn
units, pediatric ICU's, and on emergency scenes). He has developed
National Emotional First Aid Course
which has been offered
to hundreds of health care professionals across the nation.
| Mr. Fortin's primary goal is to make a major impact on the quality
of care citizens receive from the emergency response system including
the emergency health care system.