Center for Promoting Recovery & Resilience (CPRR) awarded five year SAMHSA Grant

The Center for Promoting Recovery & Resilience (CPRR): Promoting Recovery and Resilience in Traumatized Children and Youth through Community Partnerships project was recently awarded funding for five years by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  This 5-year (2021-2026) SAMHSA funded project continues the work of the Center for Promoting Recovery & Resilience (CPRR), which has been in operation with funding from SAMHSA since 2012.

(SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.


About the Project

To promote the recovery and resilience of traumatized children and youth, the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work will partner with Metro Louisville region’s mental health service organizations to increase the number of mental health personnel trained in evidence-based trauma informed interventions, engage the community in mental health promotion education, provide treatment to traumatized children and youth, and assess impact of these efforts through process and outcome evaluation.

The community agency partners are: Seven Counties Services, Home of the Innocents, Family & Children’s Place, and Family Ark. It is expected that by through this partnership, 70 service providers will have been trained in evidence- based trauma focused interventions, 1000 persons from the community will have been engaged in mental health promotion and education, and 600 children and youth will have received trauma focused treatment to promote their recovery and resilience. 

The Kent project team members are: Bibhuti K. Sar, Emma Sterrett-Hong, Anita Barbee, Becky Antle, Melissa King, and Gwen Hutchinson.