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Public Health is Mental Health_ Q&A With Dr. Sandro Galea: Q&A With Dr. Sandro Galea

At PRA, we work for well-being.  Our work in the wellness and well-being space seeks to improve outcomes for individuals with behavioral health conditions. We understand that all populations we work to serve have unique needs, and improving well-being can enhance the overall quality of life and outcomes for these individuals, as well as for… Read More


Closeup of American Flag

As I reflect on Veterans Day 2018, I fondly remember my husband and I both proudly donning our hooded Army sweatshirts and heading out to enjoy a free lunch. As we entered the restaurant, my husband received countless, “thanks for your service,” “hey I served in the Army too,” “where were you stationed,”…I am sure… Read More


Writing for Wellness: Intellectual Wellness

A wise person once told me, take advantage of professional development opportunities, no matter how large or small. All you need is one good take away message, tool, skill…one golden nugget…to make it all worthwhile. As part of my professional development for this year, I attended the National Wellness Institute’s (NWI) 2019 National Wellness Conference… Read More


Hand holding two sharpies in front of wall of post it notes

All four of the BJA VALOR Initiative’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) sites [Huntsville, Alabama; Honolulu, Hawaii; St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and Alamogordo, New Mexico] have completed their 40-hour trainings, with a total of 145 graduates. In addition, PRA has wrapped up the corresponding Train-the-Trainer workshops, so the four sites can continue to train law enforcement… Read More


People putting their hands in for a group cheer

Guest post by a Florida SOAR Provider Two years ago this past April, we started the Hillsborough County Health Care Services SOAR unit in Florida with the vision of serving the needs of our indigent clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness while working towards becoming one of the best SOAR groups in the country.… Read More


SOAR 2019 CJ TA Awards

Beginning January 11, 2019, the SAMSHA SOAR Technical Assistance Center worked alongside local SOAR criminal justice (CJ) leads to plan and prepare SOAR Implementation meetings for six sites that were awarded the SOAR CJ Technical Assistance Opportunity.  On May 13, 2019, the final Implementation meeting was held for this third round of awardees. The SOAR… Read More


Daniel Rivera

This story was shared with the SAMHSA SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center by Daniel Rivera, whose wife Teddi Rivera is a SOAR Local Lead. An edited version of the story is below and underscores the power of the SOAR model and its reach in everything from income support, housing stability, employment,… 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


Close up of chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

This story was shared with the SAMHSA SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center by an anonymous individual who learned about the SOAR model when it was used to support their estranged brother. An edited version of the story is below and underscores the power of the SOAR model and its reach in… 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