PRA offers four core services to assist individuals, agencies, and organizations with determining and implementing policy and practice decisions: technical assistance, training, research, and meeting facilitation. Our work results in improved outcomes for populations in need and improved service delivery. We are committed to helping you achieve your service planning and delivery goals and will tailor our services to meet your specific needs.

We are staffed with experienced subject-matter experts who are leaders in their field, equipped with the latest technologies to facilitate on-site or virtual experiences and are able to work with your group to develop consensus on difficult issues. Learn more about our core services:

Technical Assistance

PRA is a national leader in behavioral health technical assistance provision and has served as the catalyst for systems change. We provide technical assistance to states, territories, and tribes through a broad range of services (both onsite and virtual) to guide policy and practice change.

We have operated numerous technical assistance centers and programs for federal and foundation clients. Our staff and consultants assist with the implementation of evidence-based treatment and support services for people with behavioral health and/or addiction disorders, particularly those who have experienced homelessness or who have been in contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems.


PRA offers training workshops in our core content areas to help communities and organizations transform behavioral health service delivery.

We develop training curricula to meet your needs using evidence-based practices, state of the art technologies, and strategies that engage practitioners and policy makers. Our trainers provide a wide variety of resources to participants, including tool kits, monographs, trainer manuals, and strategic planning tools.


PRA is well known for its research principles, program assessments, evaluation studies, performance measurements, and data analysis. Our independent Institutional Review Board provides expert consultation and review on matters related to human subjects for all research and evaluation projects.

We can assist you with establishing and training staff on data collection methodologies, designing research protocols, and presenting study results in an appealing format that will gain notice among policymakers and funders.

A sample of our publications

An Evaluation of SOAR: Implementation and Outcomes of an Effort to Improve Access to SSI and SSDI
Kauff, J., Clary, E., Lupfer, K., & Fischer, P. (2016).

SOAR Online Course Increases Capacity for Assisting Individuals with Disabilities in the U.S.
Lupfer, K. & Elder, J. (2016).

Municipal Courts: An Effective Tool for Diverting People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders from the Criminal Justice System
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2015). Prepared by Policy Research Associates, Inc. under SAMHSA IDIQ Prime Contract #HHSS283200700036I, Task Order #HHSS28342003T. 

Screening and Assessment of Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2015). Prepared by Policy Research Associates, Inc. under SAMHSA IDIQ Prime Contract #HHSS283200700036I, Task Order #HHSS28342003T. 

When Political Will Is Not Enough: Jails, Communities, and Persons with Mental Health Disorders
Steadman, H., Morrissey, J., & Parker, T. (2015).

A Multi-Site Study of the Use of Sanctions and Incentives in Mental Health Courts Study
Callahan, L., Steadman, H.J., Tillman, S., Vessilinov, R. (May 2012).

A National Survey of U.S. Juvenile Mental Health Courts
Callahan, L., Cocozza, J., Steadman, H.J., & Tillman, S. (2012).

Effects of Mental Health Courts on Arrests and Jail Days: A Multi-Site Study
Steadman, H.J., Redlich, A., Callahan, L., Robbins, P.C., & Vesselinov, R. (2011).

Assisted Outpatient Treatment in New York: Regional Differences in New York’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program.
Robbins, P.C., Keator, K.J., Steadman, H.J., Swanson, J.W., Wilder, C.M., & Swartz, M.S. (2010).

Reductions in Arrest under Assisted Outpatient Treatment In New York
Gilbert, A.R., Moser, L.L., Van Dorn, R.A., Swanson, J.W., Wilder, C.M., Robbins, P.C., Keator, K.J., Steadman, H.J., & Swartz, M.A. (2010).

Prevalence of Serious Mental Illness among Jail Inmates
Steadman, H.J., Osher, F.C., Robbins, P.C., Case, B., & Samuels, S. (2009).

Violence by People Discharged From Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Facilities and by Others in the Same Neighborhoods
Steadman, H., Mulvey, E., Monahan, J., Robbins, P., Appelbaum, P., Grisso, T., Roth, L., Silver, E. (1998).

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Meeting Facilitation

PRA develops, plans, and facilitates meetings and conferences that range from small, one-day workshops to large, multi-day conferences. Our logistics staff have longstanding relationships with hotels and meeting venues across the country.

We offer wrap-around meeting services by securing the meeting space, developing agendas, recruiting presenters, coordinating travel and lodging, preparing meeting materials, and providing on-site facilitation and technical assistance during the events.

For more information on any of our services, please call (518) 439-7415 or send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.