About Us

Policy Research Associates, Inc. was founded in 1987 with the stated mission of “creating positive social change for people who are disadvantaged through technical assistance, research and training.”

We began with one research project, and since then have grown in size and project diversity while maintaining our expertise in technical assistance, research, and behavioral health. PRA is composed of approximately 50 talented employees, dedicated to bettering the lives of underserved populations.

We have a reputation of delivering top-notch research and impeccable customer service on time and on budget. This, combined with our decades-long history of building successful partnerships and delivering strong outcomes, has brought us national and international recognition.

We are committed to giving back to our local community, and have developed a number of long-standing charitable giving campaigns and volunteer projects. Whether it be serving breakfast at our local homeless shelter or competing in a company-wide fundraising challenge, each staff member plays a part in serving our neighbors in need.

PRA is organized into topical areas, centered around areas of our expertise:

  • Recovery Supports, which centers around supporting the recovery, resilience, and wellness of individuals with behavioral health needs
  • Accessing Benefits, which focuses on increasing benefit access to individuals with disabilities who have a mental illness, substance use disorder, or medical impairment
  • Criminal Justice and Violence, which focuses on cross-system responses to justice-involved individuals with behavioral health issues, including histories of trauma
  • Juvenile Justice, which centers around responding to the behavioral health needs of youth involved with the juvenile justice system
  • Education and Child Welfare, which focuses on reducing disparities for youth who are disadvantaged in school settings
  • Operations, which houses contract management, accounting, human resources, information technology, and communications teams, and provides logistical and administrative support to all areas

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