October 2017 – September 2022
The Trauma and Recovery Project (TARP) was a 5-year SAMHSA-funded initiative that aimed to increase the availability and accessibility of trauma-responsive treatments for children and families in southeastern Wisconsin by: (a) fortifying and coordinating systems of care, (b) increasing the pool of clinicians trained in evidence-based practices, and (c) increasing the number of children and caregivers that receive appropriate screening, assessment, and trauma-responsive services.
Through this project, Learning Collaboratives of professionals in Milwaukee and Racine counties were trained in one of three evidence-based treatments:
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
- Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT)
- Child-parent psychotherapy (CPP)
The Trauma and Recovery Project had four goals:
- Strengthen systems of care needed to support and coordinate evidence-based, trauma-responsive services.
- Increase availability of training on evidence-based services.
- Increase access to evidence-based screening, assessment, and services.
- Improve child mental and behavioral health outcomes.
TARP Publications and Briefs
Mersky, J. P., Rose, R. A., & Lanier, P. (in press). Research translation in mental health. Child and Family-Serving Systems: A Compendium of Policy and Practice. Child Welfare League of America Press.
Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J., Janczewski, C. E., Plummer Lee, C., McGaughey, G., & McNeil, C. (2020). Translating and implementing evidence-based mental health services in child welfare. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services, 47(5), 693-704.
Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J., & Blair, K. (2017). Translating evidence-based treatments into child welfare services through community-university partnerships: A case example of parent-child interaction therapy. Children and Youth Services Review, 82, 427-433.
FundingSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health
Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership