Past Work2021-07-28T15:48:54-04:00

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:

Youth Engagement Strategies to Prepare Youth for Successful Adulthood

2017 - 2020

This project was designed to develop a suite of stakeholder-informed resources to integrate youth engagement strategies in federal agencies and federally funded programs.

BJA VALOR Initiative – Law Enforcement and Community: Crisis Intervention Training Model Program

2017 - 2020

This training and technical assistance program delivered the crisis intervention training (CIT) model, developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to law enforcement agencies, along with a suite of resources and technical assistance. The program goal is to improve law enforcement’s reaction to and interaction with people with mental illness, thereby increasing officer and community safety.

National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice

2001 - 2022

This project aimed to improve life opportunities for youth by advancing policy and practice improvements that ensure the well-being of youth, families, and communities.

Disability Determination Small Grant Program

2011 - 2016

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.

SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness

2015 - 2018

This national program was designed to operationalize SAMHSA’s existing wellness initiative. The Program to Achieve Wellness (PAW) promoted recovery and holistic well-being for people across the country through the development of online wellness and technical assistance products and resources, provision of technical assistance, and recognition of innovative and successful wellness programs.

HUD-VASH Training and Technical Assistance Program

2010 - 2016

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

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change

2013 - 2016

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 the replication of models and innovations to improve the services for youth with mental health needs involved with the juvenile justice system.

Statewide Family and Consumer Networks Technical Assistance Center

2009 - 2014

Policy Research, Inc. operated SAMHSA’s Statewide Family and Consumer Networks (FCN) TA Center from 2009-2014. The FCN TA Center provided TA 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 youth (SFN) and for adults (SCN) with mental illness.

Health Care for the Homeless Information Resource Center

1996 - 2008

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 people 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.

Women, Co-occurring Disorders, and Violence Study

1998 - 2005

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.

National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness

1988 - 2004