PRA Work

Pink, blue, and purple hydrangea bush

“Patrick was never at a loss to make people laugh and always had a big heart for the less fortunate. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Patrick may be made to the New Hope Foundation of Marlboro.”- From Patrick’s obituary, March 22, 2016 “Our state faces a crisis which is more urgent to… Read More


Memorial Flags

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) completed a comprehensive study on the state of military Veteran suicide across the country. In this study, the researchers found that an average of 20 Veterans die by suicide each day, roughly twice the rate of civilian suicides nationwide 1. Although the VA acknowledged that there… Read More


School Desk

I have always really loved learning. My mom was an elementary school teacher and I grew up surrounded by ceiling-high shelves of books. I truly enjoyed college and graduate school, and the idea of going back for more is always in the back of my mind (raising two children and working full-time pushes that a… Read More


Occupational Wellness - Writing for Wellness

PRA’s focus on wellness is very exciting, and I jumped at the idea of writing a blog on wellness. I chose occupational wellness based on some recent experiences, but when sitting down to write couldn’t remember where it all started. Then it came to me as a sipped my tea from my favorite mug bearing… Read More


Neon light on a wall saying work harder

Photo by Jordan Whitfield on Unsplash One of my younger cousins called me recently to talk about her future, but she’s interested in a field I never seriously considered, so at first I couldn’t offer much first-hand information. Then she brought up something that I do experience every day. “I want to have a job where I know… Read More


GAINS Center Individual TTT Applicants

Since the inception of the How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training in 2011, PRA and the GAINS Center staff have completed over 90 trauma training deliveries and train-the-trainer (TTT) events. Over 2,300 individuals have been trained by PRA/GAINS (and countless others through local deliveries following the TTTs), primarily through onsite training deliveries… Read More


Spiritual Wellness Blog Header

I often write about being a person in long-term recovery from behavioral issues—issues which brought me to many of the common places people who have struggled with these issues face: jails, hospitals, and treatment programs. Recovery being possible for absolutely everyone, my life turned from one of sadness and pain to one of achievement, joy,… Read More


Voice Awards Blog Week-Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the day set aside for remembrance of those who have died in our nation’s service.  When this long weekend comes each year, I always attend Marlborough’s Memorial Day ceremonies and participate in a race around our town lake, which makes donations to military families.  This is also a time when I think… Read More


Voice Awards Blog Week-Organization

As a military family member, a person in recovery, and a person who has had the privilege of working as a nurse in the behavioral health field for 44 years, I am most excited about my work over the past eight 8 years strengthening military and civilian behavioral health organizations through SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans,… Read More


Voice Awards Blog Week-Community

Having the good fortune to travel throughout the country working with states, territories, and the District of Columbia to support the enhancement of the systems that support service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF), I have seen many innovative initiatives in communities.  All of these initiatives are being led by dedicated people who are committed… Read More