Holley Davis

PRA Senior Project Associate Jen Elder was quoted in the February/March 2018 issue of the Nation’s Health Magazine. In the article,  ‘Housing first’ model making inroads on homelessness: Caring for people who are homeless, she discusses the impact of Housing First:

“Housing first is a matter of values, said Jen Elder, MSc, policy chair for the Caucus on Homelessness and co-author of APHA’s new policy statement. Taxpayer money already goes toward emergency services, incarceration and other consequences of homelessness that could be mitigated with housing first policies. It makes sense to invest in interventions ‘that truly increase positive health outcomes of people and treat them with dignity and respect,’ she said.”


2017 Year in Review

It seems that every year is one full of milestones for PRA, and 2017 was no different. In 2017 we had two of our biggest milestones yet: the celebration of our 30th Anniversary and the retirement of our founder, Hank Steadman. During one of PRA’s favorite traditions, the Annual State of the Firm, President and… Read More

On December 31, 2017, Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) celebrated a major milestone—its 30th Anniversary. Founded by Dr. Henry J. Steadman in 1987 with one grant, four employees, and one partner, over the years PRA has risen to be one of the foremost experts in behavioral health and systems serving disadvantaged populations. Since 2014, PRA… Read More

Person making a heart with their hands

My college friend invited me to a show called FEELINGS at Littlefield in Brooklyn a few months ago. FEELINGS is a variety show, with each show focusing on a different feeling. The theme of this broadcast was sadness — a topic we all love talking about. Since I’m working on being more vulnerable — thanks to… Read More

December 31, 2017 marks the end of an era – the first era – at Policy Research Associates; PRA Founder and President Henry J. Steadman, Ph.D. will retire. Throughout his career as a nationally recognized leader in the criminal justice and behavioral health fields, Dr. Steadman has published 8 books, 172 articles, and 24 chapters.… Read More

Marathon Participants

My friend and I have a goal to run 50 half marathons in 50 states together. It’s a lofty goal, made even loftier due to the fact that we only run two races per year. In May we completed our fifth race (we’re 10 percent of the way there!) in Fredericksburg, Virginia. We ran the… Read More

Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) has been awarded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Best Practices for Psychiatrists Treating Justice-Involved Populations in Community Care contract. Through this contract, PRA will develop a monograph and deliver a webinar that details best practices for psychiatrists providing care to people who are justice-involved and have… Read More

Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) was awarded the Youth Engagement Strategies to Prepare Youth for Successful Adulthood project from Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This project will support youth engagement in federal, state, and local policies and programs. PRA’s project team will… Read More

Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) has received continued funding to support the operation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation. In the Fiscal Year 2018 exercise of the GAINS Center contract, PRA will undertake several new/continuing pieces of work on behalf of SAMHSA: Coordinate… Read More