Trauma and Recovery Project (TARP)


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:

  1. Strengthen systems of care needed to support and coordinate evidence-based, trauma-responsive services.
  2. Increase availability of training on evidence-based services.
  3. Increase access to evidence-based screening, assessment, and services.
  4. Improve child mental and behavioral health outcomes.

Learn More

Find a Wisconsin TF-CBT Provider

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.

Issue Brief: Translating Trauma-Informed Principles into Trauma-Responsive Practices


Allison Amphlett
Leah Cerwin
Colleen Janczewski
Joshua Mersky
Peter Powers
Dimitri Topitzes
Luke Waldo


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health

Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership

All Child & Family Well-Being