Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP)


The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) was formed in 2016 by representatives from diverse sectors, including education, mental health, justice, and government, who shared a common commitment to inform and advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels that incorporate scientific findings regarding the relationship between trauma and related social and health challenges across the lifespan.

CTIPP collaborates with both the public and private sector and citizen advocates across the country and around the world to develop grassroots-led, trauma-informed, resilience-focused, healing-centered, prevention-focused, evidence-informed policies and practices that promote a comprehensive, integrated multi-sector approach for building trauma-informed communities and changing systems to meet society’s deepest needs.


Our Mission

To create a healthy, just, resilient, and trauma-informed society where all individuals, families, and communities have the social, political, cultural, economic, and spiritual opportunities and support necessary to thrive.


Building Trauma-Informed Communities

National Trauma Campaign

The National Trauma Campaign is a grassroots effort to educate and engage congressional offices and other federal leaders in supporting policies, programs, legislation, and appropriations that prevent and address childhood trauma and build resilience across the lifespan.

The Campaign’s goal is to recruit a Local Liaison for every U.S. House and Senate office. Each Local Liaison will serve as the point of contact to these offices as well as for the Campaign Core Team. The early phases of this Campaign will serve as the foundation for additional, future Campaign efforts, building on the substantial and growing amount of activity to prevent and address trauma and build resilience that is already occurring in communities and states throughout the country.

Infographics and Social Media Media Toolkits


Take advantage of our social media toolkit which contains visuals and tips for social media posts that you can use to amplify the Campaign to your social network. Engage viewers with a personal experience or testimony. And don’t forget to use our hashtags to begin building an online community: #HOPEisNEAR;  #MakeAmericaTraumaInformed; #NEARCampaign

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for trauma-informed investment in communities nationwide

Congress has provided Local Education Agencies (LEA) with over $122 billion in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds. ARPA provides myriad provisions to meet the mental health needs of children, families, the workforce, and communities nationwide.

While LEAs have a large number of immediately pressing needs, we believe LEAs should devote a portion of those funds toward the implementation of trauma-informed and healing-centered programs to assist the students and staff overcome with increased levels of stress and trauma. This is particularly critical in marginalized and impoverished communities, where levels of stress and trauma are already high. A trauma-informed approach is foundational to promoting well-being for everyone as part of the flow of daily life in settings like classrooms, workplaces, clinics, and child care.

American Rescue Plan Act Campaign Presentation

There are multiple areas in the American Rescue Plan Act that have money that can be leveraged to implement trauma-informed initiatives, programs, and environments. To leverage these funds for these purposes, there will need to be a major advocacy effort.

This webinar from National Trauma Campaign co-chairs Jesse Kohler and Marlo Nash helps to explain how ARPA funds can be leveraged, some advocacy talking points, and more information to use this opportunity to move systems toward becoming trauma-informed, resilience-focused, and healing-centered.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have ways to come together to help individuals, communities, and the workforce recover and restore. Many have experienced an overload of stress from uncertainty, financial worries, social isolation, anxiety, fear, grief and loss. The effects are disproportionate among those who live with ongoing, embedded adversities. There is a toll on the mind and body that can have a lasting impact, including altering the structure and chemistry of the brain and causing long-term physical health issues.

A trauma-informed approach is foundational to promoting well-being for everyone as part of the flow of daily life in settings like classrooms, workplaces, clinics, and child care. In this section, you will find tools and  resources to support you in learning more about and advocating for trauma-informed and resilience-building initiatives as school districts, community-based organizations, state and local government agencies, and other key entities continue to make decisions on how to allocate the unprecedented amount of funding the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 contains:

Trauma-Informed Advocacy Tools

The National Trauma Campaign relies on the engagement and voices of constituents

Our mission is to educate members of Congress on the science of trauma and resilience and engage congressional offices to support trauma-informed policies and provisions. You can help expand the reach of the Campaign by sharing information with your networks and encourage individuals and organizations to join. It’s free and all-volunteer led! Visit our Advocacy Tools page for even more resources, including downloadable templates and toolkits.

As the RISE From Trauma Act rapidly gains momentum in the Senate, we need your engagement NOW to advance this vital legislation! This one-pager provides background information and key advocacy points that we would encourage you to use in your advocacy efforts.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for trauma-informed advocacy as this money is beginning to pour into states. This page contains resources and tools to support you in advocating for trauma-informed and resilience-building initiatives to be implemented through the use of this funding at this unprecedented and critical juncture.

The Campaign’s first call to action is to grow the membership of the bipartisan House Trauma Informed Care Caucus (Caucus) by making the “ask” of every member of the U.S. House of Representatives to join. This toolkit is designed to make it easy for you to participate in this call to action.

The STRONG Support for Children Act will support communities in addressing the root causes of childhood trauma through reparative, healing-centered, neighborhood-based, gender-responsive, culturally specific, and trauma-informed approaches that recognize the role that systemic racism and inequities have played in traumatizing children for generations.


CTIPP focuses explicitly on the common underpinnings of many of our most pressing social and health problems. Through open engagement, we work to expand and continuously improve our collaborative work across sectors and systems. We recognize that sustainable change in policies and programs requires the participation and leadership not only of those responsible for implementation, but also those for whom programs and policies are designed. We are committed to ensuring voice and choice for everyone, especially those that have been marginalized, discriminated against, and excluded from the opportunities that promote health and wellbeing.

The CTIPP Approach

CTIPP recognizes that creating a just and trauma-informed society requires the development of broad-based, systemic solutions and structural reform in addition to new partnerships and funding mechanisms.

CTIPP embraces an anti-racist, public health framework by addressing the injustices that cause poor health and supporting the integration of promotion, prevention, resilience-building and healing activities. We recognize the importance of historical and intergenerational inequities that impact health across the lifespan as well as the health and welfare of families.

Policy and Practice Agenda

CTIPP works to facilitate “practice-informed policy” and “policy-informed practice.” To achieve this broad vision, CTIPP develops cross-sector networks of influence, works with and through existing sector-based organizations and tribal communities, and builds and sustains relationships between practitioners in the field, advocates, and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels.

CTIPP uses these networks to identify structural, policy, and financial barriers to implementing comprehensive trauma-informed approaches, and uses effective channels of outreach to share information and promote action. 

Our Policy Vision

CTIPP’s vision is for public policies at the federal, state, local and tribal levels to build on the science of trauma and resilience and to reflect the practical realities of implementation. To accomplish that goal, we educate policymakers, assist in policy development, and provide support to trauma leaders and advocates.

CTIPP embraces a public health framework, addressing the social determinants of health and supporting the integration of promotion, prevention, resilience-building, and healing activities. CTIPP works in partnership with aligned organizations to support our policy agenda.