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Income supports is a critical factor in supporting the behavioral health of individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Having income and health care benefits is often a crucial first step to recovery and resiliency. Our work focuses on increasing access to both employment and mainstream resources, including Social Security disability benefits and Medicaid and Medicare health coverage, for eligible adults and children with serious mental illness, medical impairments, or co-occurring substance use disorders. We work with jurisdictions to develop partnerships among case workers, Disability Determination Services, the Social Security Administration, community providers, supportive services, and employment services to ensure that support does not end with an approved benefit application.


This national project is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs (SSI/SSDI) administered by the Social Security Administration for eligible adults who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.

This program, operated by PRA’s sister firm Policy Research, Inc., provided a one-year $10,000 stipend to graduate students to conduct research on improving the Disability Determination Process for the Social Security Administration’s two disability programs.

This national training and technical assistance program is designed to support case managers across all of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) to successfully assist Veterans who are homeless, and their families, access and sustain housing via the collaborative U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.

The Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program is a one-year $10,000 stipend program awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues.

Policy Research, Inc. operated SAMHSA’s Statewide Family and Consumer Networks (FCN) TA Center from 2009-2014. The FCN TA Center provided TA and support to grantees of the Statewide Family and Consumer Networks grant programs (SFN/SCN). Grantees of each program received three-year grants from SAMHSA to develop the infrastructure and business models needed to serve as their state’s resource and advocacy organization for families and their children (SFN) and for adults (SCN) with mental illness.


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