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It’s hard to talk about what you can’t see. We use imagery to convey import, highlight concepts, and simplify complex subjects. Depicting suicide prevention concepts can be challenging without raising ideas that can be discouraging at best, or triggering at worst. At its heart, suicide prevention is hopeful work rooted in the strengths of individuals… Read More

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Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is proud to announce the publication of a new article from our Criminal Justice Program Area written by Senior Research Associate, Dr. Lisa Callahan and Program Area Director, Mr. Chanson Noether. The article, “Brief Jail Mental Health Screen Utilization in U.S. Jails,” was recently published in Journal of Forensic Medicine… Read More

Objective This research examined the frequency of and characteristics associated with three forms of violence among persons with mental illness—violence directed at others, self-directed violence, and violence directed at them by others. Methods Previously unreported data from a follow-up sample of 951 patients from the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study were analyzed to characterize involvement… Read More

A new evaluation of the SOAR online training model, SOAR Online Course Increases Capacity for Assisting Individuals with Disabilities in the U.S., was published by Frontiers in Public Health in May 2016. The study focused on the unique integration of a practice SSI/SSDI application into the training, the first of its kind in public health online… Read More

A new evaluation of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model published online by Psychiatric Services has found that disability applications that used the SOAR model had a higher likelihood of approval than applications that did not follow the SOAR model. The study, An Evaluation of SOAR: Implementation… Read More

The Implementation Academy Model for Behavioral Health Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF): From Policy to Services, written by staff members Donna Aligata and Henry J. Steadman was published in the April 2016 edition of Psychiatric Services. This paper provides an overview of the Implementation Academy model, which has been used to… Read More

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has released When Political Will Is Not Enough: Jails, Communities and Persons with Mental Health Disorders, a report by Policy Research Associates, Inc. The report, authored by Henry J. Steadman, Ph.D.; Joseph P. Morrissey, Ph.D.; and Travis W. Parker, M.S., L.I.M.H.P., C.P.C., reviews factors contributing to the… Read More

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges created Advancing Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts: Policy and Program Briefs. This series of three briefs provides information to juvenile drug treatment courts on how to effectively serve youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Developing… Read More

The SOAR TA Center has released a new issue brief on involving peers in SOAR. Peer support workers can effectively engage people throughout the SSI/SSDI application process and provide ongoing support to individuals seeking benefits. For examples of peer support roles in SSI/SSDI advocacy visit our website at and click on the Topic Areas… Read More

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center and the National Drug Court Institute are pleased to announce a new practitioner fact sheet titled Six Steps to Improve Your Drug Court Outcomes for Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders. The GAINS Center and NDCI believe that every adult drug court can achieve positive outcomes for persons with co-occurring disorders—if the court is… Read More

Suicide is a leading cause of death over the course of the lifespan. Individuals with mental illness and those experiencing significant life stressors are at an increased risk of suicide – in approximately 90% of completed suicides, individuals have symptoms of a psychiatric disorder. Individuals with mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system,… Read More