PRA eNews: May 2019

The May 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:

  • January to March Impact Report
  • New Microsite for Sequential Intercept Model
  • PRA Well-Being Releases Four Factsheets
  • Jen Elder Co-authors APHA Policy Statement on Homelessness
  • NCYOJ Launches New Website
  • May Is Mental Health Month
  • Recent Stories from the PRA Blog

To highlight PRA’s impact in the field, we quantify our reach across all projects and share it quarterly. Our latest impact report highlights accomplishments from January to March 2019 and contains both quantitative and qualitative outcomes.

Many jurisdictions have completed a Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Workshop to inform community-based responses to people who are justice involved who have behavioral health conditions. While communities see immediate benefits from a SIM Mapping Workshop through increased stakeholder communication and collaboration, some sites have sought additional guidance on short- and long-term next steps. To meet this need, PRA has developed the “SIM: Next Steps” webpage as a resource for jurisdictions to maximize their SIM Mapping Workshop. Recommended next steps include determining where the ongoing work will “live,” engaging missing stakeholders, and planning for sustainability.

PRA Well-Being has released four fact sheets in its new Tips for Providers series. The fact sheets highlight how providers can enhance the wellness of individuals with mental health conditions through each of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. The fact sheets highlight four dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, and spiritual.

PRA Senior Project Associate Jen Elder serves as the Policy Chair for the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) Caucus on Homelessness and was recently named the Caucus Chair-Elect. Through this collaboration, she co-authored APHA’s first policy statement on homelessness in 20 years, as well as a special commentary that will be published in the June issue of Medical Care, Housing and Homelessness as a Public Health Issue: Executive Summary of Policy Adopted by the APHA.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) has launched a new website. The website has been designed to better meet the needs of professionals who work with youth and young adults by improving navigability and making information and resources easier to find and access.

Mental Health Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of mental health care and to share resources and support to encourage people to seek help when they need it. To recognize the month, PRA staff members shared their answers two questions in a new video: Why does mental health awareness matter? What does mental health awareness look like in your work?

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This resource was first shared in 2019.

PRA Impact Report: January to March 2019, New Microsite Helps Jurisdictions Maximize Impact of SIM Mapping Workshop, PRA Well-Being Releases Four Fact Sheets, Jen Elder Co-authors APHA Policy Statement on Homelessness, Introducing the New NCYOJ Website, May is Mental Health Month

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