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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


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Mental health awareness matters because we are all affected by it. It is at the center of so many issues affecting our country. Along with issues of poverty and trauma, mental health is woven right into the fabric of our society. Through mental health awareness campaigns and by being an advocate, a voice, for people… Read More


Children's MHAD 2019

Once a year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. The 2019 theme for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work.” Learn… Read More


SOAR 2019 CJ TA Awards

It is often said that the preparation for individuals to be released from prison and jail begins at the time of incarceration. Although the maxim is ideal, it is not uncommon for people with serious mental illness to return to communities without the support they need to ensure successful community integration.  When faced with housing… Read More


On Friday, January 11, I tuned into a 1-hour webinar entitled “New Alaska Statute Directs State Policy to Incorporate Principles of Brain Development.” As an educator and trauma trainer with a long-established interest in research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), I was interested in learning how, in this political environment, scientific knowledge on trauma and… Read More


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In October 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Annual Conference as my professional development for the year. One class I attended was particularly interesting, especially given the population we often advocate for here at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). Judi Kosterman, Ph.D., from the… Read More


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As a member of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance (TA) Center team for 9 years, my role has primarily been behind the scenes. Give me a website page to create, an issue brief to edit, or a SOAR Online Course trainee who needs technical assistance, and I am perfectly happy! However,… Read More


SOAR Infographic Collage

There’s a new page we’re excited to share with SOAR providers and agencies across the country: the SOAR Infographics page! This page houses key infographics to help your agency communicate the success and reach of SOAR. Here are just a few of the available infographics you can download today: SOAR Overview This one-page infographic provides… Read More


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We all talk about cultural competence. It is part of our professional development and values. But what does it mean and how do we really put cultural competence into practice? One way to operationalize cultural competence is by modifying Evidence-based Practices (EBPs). I am reminded how cultural differences can have an impact across the spectrum… Read More


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They say it takes a village to raise a child. This is also true of ensuring a successful transition from homelessness and serious mental illness to housing, stability, and recovery. We began working with JT when he was 20 years old. He entered foster care at a young age and was eventually adopted, but due… Read More


SOAR Child Curriculum

Over the course of the past year, we have been developing the SOAR Online Course: Child Curriculum. It has been a challenging and rewarding undertaking.  SOAR for Children is going to be an incredible addition to the work of the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center and an important resource for the field. The staff of the… Read More