About PROJECT 180

Project 180 is an initiative of CHRIS 180 funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) with the purpose of developing trauma-informed school environments in the Atlanta area and increasing access to evidence-based trauma interventions for youth and families throughout the state of Georgia. In this capacity, CHRIS 180 serves as a Community Treatment and Service Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

This project is comprised of five integrated components:

Trauma-Informed School Environments

Transforming the culture and climate of schools in the Atlanta area by training educators, administrators, and additional stakeholders on trauma-informed practice and facilitating systemic implementation of ARC. Learn more…

School-Based Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services

Delivering evidence-based trauma treatment to youth and families who have experienced traumatic events, with a focus on serving those who are uninsured/underinsured Learn more…

Mental Health Workforce Development

Training mental health workers at CHRIS 180 and four partner agencies across the state of Georgia in Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) and facilitate ARC Learning Collaboratives.

Project Website

Create an interactive, informative website where professionals and the public can go to learn more about trauma and evidence-based treatment, find referrals, get information about training opportunities, and access trauma-related resources.

Trauma-Informed School Referral Network

Forming a school-based referral network of school social workers, counselors, and other key school staff across Georgia trained in trauma screening, basic knowledge of trauma evidence-based practices, and how to access providers of these practices in their communities.


Trauma-Informed School Environments

School-Based Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services

Mental Health Workforce Development

Trauma-Informed School Referral Network

Project Website

Project Accomplishments

Project 180 launched Fall 2016. Highlights from the first two years include:

Youth and Families Served:

  • Over 1,700 youth and 900 of their family members received trauma-informed therapy and community support services from clinicians trained in ARC.
  • In eight schools across Atlanta, 180 youth and families received trauma assessment and evidence-based therapy from mental health providers trained in the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model.


Mental Health Workforce Trained:

  • Roughly 2,000 people working in the mental health field received training about trauma, assessment, and implementation of trauma-informed practices.
  • So far, 177 mental health providers who work for CHRIS 180 have been trained to use ARC when providing care for children and families.

Educator Workforce Trained:

  • Over 375 educators in Atlanta were trained in the ARC framework, including teachers, administrators, and other school-based personnel.
  • CHRIS 180 staff provided Trauma STARS training to more than 500 school-based staff, expanding trauma education and understanding of trauma-informed practices across the Atlanta region.
  • During 2018, trainers and mental health clinicians worked with educators to form implementation teams at partner schools to develop, reinforce, monitor, and evaluate the implementation of trauma-informed practices.