Announcements

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center has developed a national database of all existing mental health courts in the United States. The database identifies the name, location, year established, target participants, approximate annual enrollments, and contact information for each court. The first of its kind for US mental health courts, this database provides a quick and easy resource… Read More


PRA recently received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to support the Mental Health Collaborative for Change: A Training, Technical Assistance and Education Center (TTAEC). TTAEC is a national training and technical assistance center that will actively support the replication and expansion of the mental health resources that were developed through Models for Change. The… Read More


With funding from the National Institute of Justice, PRA is partnering with Summit County Juvenile Court for a new study, Building and Enhancing Criminal Justice Research – Practitioner Partnerships. This study compares the adult criminal justice and child welfare system outcomes and costs of four pathways through the juvenile justice system – traditional probation, intensive probation,… Read More


PRA President Henry Steadman, Senior Research Associate Lisa Callahan, and Vice President Pamela Clark Robbins travelled to San Francisco, CA for the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting and Expo, October 27-31, 2012. Dr. Steadman and Dr. Callahan presented a paper they authored, Designing More Effective Mental Health Courts, based on findings from the MacArthur Mental Health… Read More


Susan Stone, JD, MD, joined the PRA Team as a Senior Project Associate in October 2012. Susan lives in the Austin, Texas area and has worked with the GAINS Center for many years. She will continue to work with the Criminal Justice division in a variety of capacities. Dr. Stone is a licensed attorney, board-certified psychiatrist, board certified forensic psychiatrist. She… Read More


The Statewide Family and Consumer Networks Technical Assistance Center (FCN TA Center), operated by Policy Research Associates since 2009, is very excited to welcome and begin supporting 11 new Statewide Consumer Network grantees (2012 cohort below). These grants, providing funding up to $70,000 a year for three years, help existing statewide consumer networks strengthen coalitions… Read More


Eight states were competitively selected to participate in an innovative project, Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy/Action Network Initiative. States selected for participation include: Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia. This effort, sponsored by the… Read More


This map is a product of a larger National Institute of Justice-funded project intended to assess the effectiveness of juvenile mental health courts as a public safety strategy. Through this initiative, PRA will soon be releasing a Common Elements of Juvenile Mental Health Courts resource guide. Visit the GAINS Center website for more information.… Read More


The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, at Policy Research Associates, Inc., selected 10 sites to participate in a new training initiative designed to create sustainable mental health training capacity within state and local juvenile justice systems. Selected sites include Alaska, Maricopa County, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, New Mexico, New York City,… Read More