PRA eNews: August 2019

The August 2019 edition of Policy Research Associates, Inc.’s monthly newsletter included announcements, publications, and the latest posts from the PRA blog.

This newsletter contains the following headlines:

  • April to June Impact Report
  • New Publication: Recommendations to Create a Supportive Workplace for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions
  • NCYOJ’s Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice
  • New Research Report in the Journal for Advancing Justice
  • Recent Stories from the PRA Blog

Each quarter, PRA releases an impact report to highlight our efforts across the country through our technical assistance centers, projects, and fee-for-service activities. PRA is pleased to share its Quarter 2 Impact Report, covering the months of April to June 2019. A link to this impact report is in the newsletter.

Intended for use by employers and business owners, Recommendations to Create a Supportive Workplace for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions provides guidance for employers who may employ individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). Employment is vital to recovery and stability for individuals with SMI, but individuals with SMI often face barriers to obtaining and maintaining work. Supportive workplace conditions not only help people with SMI but can improve recruitment and workplace morale.

NCYOJ has a new cohort of certified MHT-JJ trainers. The 23 members of this Boston 2019 cohort hail from 10 states—Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. View NCYOJ’s Trainer Directory to meet the new trainers and find one near you.

A new research report on perceptions of and barriers to medication-assisted treatment has been published in the Journal for Advancing Justice Volume II: “Best Practices in the Justice System for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic.” PRA’s Melissa Neal, Lisa Callahan, Chanson Noether, and Erika Ihara authored the research report, As Stated by Criminal Justice Professionals: Perceptions and Barriers Related to Medication-assisted Treatment. In this research report, the authors describe barriers and perceptions related to medication-assisted treatment in the criminal justice setting across six areas of focus: the extent of the opioid problem, workforce issues, cost and healthcare reimbursement, community and systems partners, education and technical assistance, and data and evaluation. Implications for expanding the use of medication-assisted treatment across criminal justice settings are discussed.

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PRA Impact Report: April to June 2019; New: Recommendations to Create a Supportive Workplace for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions; Spotlight: NCYOJ’s Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice; New Research Report in the Journal for Advancing Justice; PRA @ an Event Near You

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