PRA Culture

Close up of a dictionary

Content warning: Ableist language. We don’t say the r-word anymore. But have you heard someone say one of these recently? “He’s so crazy.” “The weather is schizophrenic.” “Our workload is insane.” “That’s lame.” I have, and I’m trying to stop. All the phrases use ableist language. Ableism is the discrimination of people with disabilities. Ableist… Read More


View of a windy road along the ocean during a cloudy dusk

In April 2019, I had the opportunity to participate in two SOAR Criminal Justice (CJ) Technical Assistance (TA) Implementation Meetings. These were the first meetings of this type I have been a part of since I started working for Policy Research Associates, Inc. and the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center. Fortunately, I had my two experienced… Read More


Multicolored tiles arranged in a cascading pattern

On May 1, 2019, I attended a Mental Health First Aid Training, in Albany, New York, sponsored by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS). What I liked about the training was that the trainer began by asking each participant about why they signed up to take the Mental Health First Aid… Read More


Writing for Wellness: Occupational Wellness

This is how my day started…wait, no, rewind…this is how last night started. Checked the weather for Monday. Yes! No rain in sight, which has been plentiful so far this season. Load my bike into the car so I could commute to work in the morning on the bike trail that runs from my hometown… Read More


Horse on top of a hill

Horses have been the central part of my life for as long as I can remember. Inside, I am forever that little girl. You know the one. The girl that points out every horse on a road trip; that has horse-themed wall calendars and mugs; that watches every horse movie unless it doesn’t end well… Read More


Organized bedside table

In January, I used my annual Day of Reflection to get started on a project I had wanted to undertake for a long time. I planned to spend an uninterrupted block of time at home, organizing some of my worldly items and determining which things could be discarded. In the practical sense, the project was… Read More


Tree-lined highway

By Meghan Agblevor “So what do you see yourself doing in the future?” is a question that always takes my brain into overdrive. Why? Well, growing up I always wanted to be an Obstetrician-gynecologist but I’ve always hated science, so that’s a no. I would love to open up my own service business in Africa… Read More


View of memorial pillars at the National Monument for Peace and Justice

I was looking up at a copper edifice used to memorialize the life of someone I have never met. The structure that captured so much of my attention was not alone.  This structure was meticulously suspended at least 15 feet above my head along with several hundred more some adorned by a single name, but… Read More


Take Your Dog to Work Day at PRA -- 10 staff members with their dogs

I agreed to do a blog for May is Mental Health Month in early 2019. At the time I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about, but I knew I could count on inspiration from the work we, here at PRA, are doing every day to strengthen the services and systems that support… Read More