Butte Thrives- Coalition on Adverse Childhood Experiences

What Are ACEs?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are instances of abuse, neglect or household dysfunction that happen to us as children. Too many negative experiences as children can impact our lives as adults in many different ways. ACEs can have lasting negative effects on our health, behaviors and life potential. A local coalition of Butte County agencies and organizations has created this web page to help build public awareness and education about ACES. To connect with this coalition, please contact Anna Bauer at ABauer@buttecounty.net.

♠Check your ACES score here♠

In 1998, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported on the ACEs study- the largest study to ever look at the link between childhood trauma and adult health problems. The “ACEs” study looked at 10 types of childhood trauma:

1. Physical
2. Sexual
3. Emotional

4. Emotional
5. Physical

Household Dysfunction
6. Substance abuse in the family
7. Divorce
8. Poorly treated mental illness in family
9. Domestic Violence
10. Imprisoned household member

The ACEs study linked these childhood experiences to a higher risk of problems, including:

No exercise
Drug Use
Missed Work
Morbid Obesity
Heart Disease
And many more

The study found that the more adverse childhood experience an individual experienced, the more likely they were to suffer from health and behavioral problems including addiction. Adults who had 4 or more adverse childhood experiences were 3 times more likely to engage in binge drinking behaviors and 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia than those who did not experience any adverse childhood experiences.

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ACEs brochure for butte couny

Download ACEs Brochure


ACEs in California and Butte County


In a 2013 phone survey, 61.7% of Californians reported experiencing one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) before age 18 and 16.7 percent reported experiencing 4 or more ACEs before age 18.

Californians have higher rates of ACEs, than most other states. Furthermore, Butte County residents have the highest number of ACEs in California. Among the the Butte County residents surveyed in 2013, 76.5% reported experiencing one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences before age 18.

Read the entire Center for youth wellness report. 

Did you know? Butte County has the highest number of ACEs in California
To participate in a brief anonymous survey about ACES awareness, please click this link: https://csuchicobss.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_243mxmLtKtYocwR

What’s Your Story?

Are you thinking about your own life history and the experiences you’ve had? If trauma is part of your past, acknowledging it and addressing it can help improve your health and well-being.

Our brain can adapt and heal, at any age, from the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. What are the strengths you have that have helped you get through tough times? What can you do to help retrain your brain?

Retrain Your Brain

For Children

For Adults

For Everyone

Positive Role Models

Supportive Adults

Parent Involvement

Caring Community

Increased Parent-Infant Contact

Increased Knowledge of Child Development

Acknowledge your own Trauma

Seek Support

Identify Emotional Triggers

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment

Create Safe & Stable Nurturing Relationships

Walk in Nature


Positive Thoughts




Supportive Relationships

Healthy Food



Talk About Feelings



Every effort has been made to supply complete and accurate information on this web site. The information, listings, and links on this page are based on information supplied by agency representatives in the ACES coalition in Butte County. Inclusion on this page does not imply endorsement nor does exclusion imply disapproval. Agencies and service providers may be absent from this listing due to the inclusion/exclusion policies of  the ACES coalition and Butte 2-1-1. This site contains links to other sites for more information. Links to other web sites do not imply an endorsement of the materials disseminated at those web sites, nor does the existence of a link to another site imply that the organization or person publishing at that site endorses any of the materials at this site. Links to other web sites are provided as a public convenience and Butte 2-1-1 is not responsible for the content at any web site linked to this site.