Past Work

PRA has administered many technical assistance centers, resource projects, and fee-for-service work over the past three decades. View a sampling of our past work:

0This 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.


PRA’s sister firm, Policy Research, Inc. operated the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change (CfC) from 2013 to 2016. The CfC was a national technical assistance and training center that promoted and supported the replication of models and innovations to improve the response to youth with mental health needs involved with the juvenile justice system.


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.


PRA operated the HCHIIRC for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from 1996-2008. PRA offered frontline providers and program staff easy access to the most current research and information about clinical practices, funding opportunities, and initiatives that impacted their work in providing access to primary care services to individuals and families who were experiencing homelessness. PRA maintained a comprehensive database, a collection of resources and tools, and a video lending library. PRA also planned and staffed the annual HCH conference showcasing state-of-the-art research and best practices.


PRA served as the coordinating center for SAMHSA’s groundbreaking Women, Co-occurring Disorders, and Violence Study (WCDVS) from 1998-2005. The WCDVS sought to develop, implement, and then evaluate the effectiveness of comprehensive, integrated, trauma-informed treatment models on outcomes for women with co-occurring disorders and trauma histories. PRA led the intervention development in Phase I of the study and the evaluation in Phase II. The Phase II evaluation followed over 2700 women, across nine study sites to examine outcomes across a variety of domains, as well as programmatic and cost outcomes.


PRA operated NRCHMI for SAMHSA from 1988 to 2004. Under PRA’s leadership, the Center became the national locus of information for evidence-based housing and service approaches for adults with behavioral health disorders who were homeless or at-risk of homelessness. PRA staff and consultants provided technical assistance to SAMHSA grantees, including the ACCESS Demonstration Program, the Collaborative Program to Prevent Homelessness, SAMHSA’s Supported Housing Study, and the Homeless Families Program.


PRA was part of a collaborative Coordinating Center team for both SAMHSA’s Supportive Housing Initiative and Homeless Families Program, two SAMHSA-funded, multi-site evaluations of recovery support services for individuals and families with behavioral health issues who were experiencing homelessness. PRA staff facilitated the multi-site Steering Committees and was primarily responsible for the development and piloting of the common data collection protocols, providing logistical support to the Steering Committees and Consumer Advisory Panels by facilitating teleconference calls and onsite meetings.


In 2009, PRA was awarded the ASPE’s Homeless Children’s Roundtable project. PRA worked with ASPE and three subject matter experts to: (1) produce background papers that reviewed the research on homeless children and described key federal legislation related to homeless children and the range of federal services available to them; (2) convene a roundtable of researchers, policy experts, practitioners, and federal staff that discussed, assessed, and strategized how to improve services and long-term outcomes for children who experience homelessness; and (3) summarize the proceedings of the roundtable so that ASPE staff could create a series of issue briefs.