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SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), known nationally for its work regarding people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system, is soliciting applications from communities interested in developing a capacity to provide trauma-informed training. The GAINS Center is offering a series of… Read More


PRA Receives Silver-Level Recognition in AHA’s 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index

For the fourth year in a row, Policy Research Associates, Inc. has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual Workplace Health Achievement Index. By continuing to innovate in its approach to supporting health and wellness in the office, PRA has achieved its second silver-level recognition in a row! PRA encourages healthy… Read More


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SAMHSA’s GAINS Center is wrapping up this year’s Data-Driven Equity & Inclusion Learning Collaborative, an initiative designed to help communities create and implement strategies to address racial disparities in their local criminal justice and behavioral health systems. The collaborative aimed to support jurisdictions in closing the gap between identifying disparities and working to reduce them.… Read More


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By Karrey Britt, Communications Specialist, Douglas County Douglas County, Kansas, has reduced the number of people with serious mental illness (SMI) who are booked in the Douglas County Correctional Facility (DCCF) by 56 percent in 4 years. In 2014, 18 percent of those in the jail were identified as having SMI; by 2018, the percentage… Read More


It's a Good Time to Donate

Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is proud to announce that it is partnering again with Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in this year’s Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s Adopt-A-Program. PRA’s donation match will support IPH’s efforts in serving individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the Capital Region. PRA… Read More


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Soros Justice Fellow, Open Society Foundation 1. You have recounted that as a young person prior to becoming incarcerated, you had experienced war, family displacement, social isolation, and bullying at school. Recognizing that many people who experience incarceration have histories of trauma, what do you recommend can be done to better support communities where there… Read More


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By Jennifer K. Johnson, JD, Principal, J.K. Johnson Advisors, LLC Over the last three decades, our criminal justice system has witnessed an unprecedented shift in the approach to criminal defendants with unmet behavioral health needs. With the emergence of therapeutic jurisprudence and a focus on procedural justice, treatment courts have proliferated across the country. These… Read More


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By Jeremy Reed, SMI Administrator, Community Bridges, Inc. Having people in recovery playing the role of a peer to clients is a vital part of any mental health system. Amid all the clinical interventions usually considered, this peer component can sometimes be overlooked, but I have been working with forensic assertive community treatment (FACT) and… Read More


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Many communities across the United States wrestle with the challenge of providing services to individuals who are justice involved and experiencing serious mental illness (SMI) or co-occurring disorders. Forensic assertive community treatment (FACT) teams are one service option for providing a level of care that can stabilize an individual, reduce further justice involvement, and lessen… Read More


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By Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D., City University of New York Every June, people across the United States and in many parts of the world recognize Pride Month—a month devoted to celebrating the history and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. In 2019, Pride Month is especially remarkable, as it marks the… Read More


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By Jennifer K. Johnson, JD, Principal, J.K. Johnson Advisors, LLC. “To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. Sadly, our profession is falling short when it comes to well-being.” National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, 2017[1] According to the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, the legal profession is at a… Read More