Who could have foreseen 2020? Like everyone else, our worlds were turned upside down this past March. To continue creating positive social change in the communities we serve, we have adapted and responded to the personal and professional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the movement for racial justice, and natural disasters. In 2020 , our Word of the Year was resilient, as we rethought how to deliver our work in a virtual world and care for our employees while staying socially distanced.
As we prepare for a new year of creating positive social change, we’d like to take a step back and reflect on all that we have accomplished in 2020. Let’s take a look at it from the numbers:
- 2: In 2020, our culture of wellness was recognized through two different awards. We were named a 2020 Capital Region Healthy Employer by the Albany Business Review and received silver-level recognition in the American Heart Association’s 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index. We’re proud to be well staffed with well staff, and it shows!
- 14: This year, we completed 14 Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Workshops, 2 SIM Summits, and 2 SIM facilitator trainings, reaching over 795 people. This is just a small snippet of our systems mapping work, and we’re excited for what is on the horizon in 2021!
- 20: SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center engaged 20 new states in the VA/SAMHSA’s Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among SMVF. These new states have developed suicide prevention action plans centered around screening and assessment, promoting connectedness, and enhancing lethal means safety.
- 189: NCYOJ reimagined its in-person Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth and Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice Train-the-Trainer events to virtual sessions. Using these new virtual models, NCYOJ trained 189 trainers!
- 4,265: This year, there were 4,265 approvals on SOAR-assisted initial SSI/SSDI applications from SOAR providers around the country. These thousands of approvals were received in an average of 115 days with an allowance rate of 65 percent (as compared to the initial allowance rate of 30.8 percent for all persons aged 18 to 64 who applied for SSI or SSDI in 2019).
Want to learn more about 2020 at PRA? Visit our Year in Review webpage to see our area highlights, big news, and what we have on the horizon in 2021! It is shaping up to be another big year!