for people and communities through technical assistance, research, and training


Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is a certified Women-Owned Small Business that is a national leader in behavioral health and research. We offer four core services that help people with behavioral health needs achieve recovery. In collaboration with our close partner non-profit, Policy Research, Inc., we offer technical assistance, training, research, and policy evaluation services, primarily in the following content areas:

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Behavioral Health

Educating communities on meeting the needs of people with mental health and substance use conditions

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Addressing the housing and behavioral health needs of people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness

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Income Supports

Increasing access to mainstream resources, including Social Security disability benefits and Medicaid and Medicare health coverage for people with mental illness, medical impairments, or co-occurring substance use conditions

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Criminal Justice

Improving public safety and public health outcomes for individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders in the justice system

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Juvenile Justice

Promoting improved, developmentally appropriate responses to the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system

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Service Members, Veterans and their Families

Strengthening behavioral health systems serving service members, veterans, and their families

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Recovery Support

Supporting recovery, resilience, and wellness for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders through the promotion of treatment and basic needs, including housing, employment, health literacy, education, and child care

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Consumers and Family Members

Encouraging individuals and families to identify and implement strategies to achieve recovery and overcome challenges relating to mental health and substance use

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Integrating awareness of the impact of trauma and trauma-informed approaches into the behavioral health and criminal justice systems to promote healing and recovery

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Promoting and incorporating wellness—the ongoing process of self-reflection and striving for a healthy balance in all aspects of life—into recovery for individuals, families, and communities

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Building the supports that at-risk students need to succeed in school

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Systems Mapping

Visualizing how individuals flow from the community to the criminal justice, juvenile justice, or crisis systems and identifying key intercepts for diversion and treatment



Homeless & Housing Resource Center

This national center provides high-quality, no-cost training for health and housing professionals in evidence-based practices that contributes to housing stability, recovery, and an end to homelessness.


SAMHSA SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) TA Center

This national project is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs (SSI/SSDI) administered by the Social Security Administration for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.



This national project is designed to expand access to community-based services for adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system.



This national project is designed to help state and territory teams develop and implement strategic plans to strengthen behavioral health systems for service members, veterans, and their families.


ARDRAW Small Grant Program

The Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program is a one-year $10,000 stipend program awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues.


Training and Facilitation

Localities, organizations, communities, and states can work with PRA and its network of national experts to identify high-priority needs and develop strategies to transform systems and improve outcomes.