The December 2018 edition of Policy Research Associates, Inc.’s monthly newsletter includes announcements, publications, and the latest posts from the PRA blog.

This newsletter contains the following headlines:

  • PRA’s 2018 Year in Review
  • Best Practices for Psychiatrists Treating Justice-Involved Populations in Community Care
  • Safety and Justice Challenge
  • Recent Stories from the PRA Blog

As PRA prepares for a new year of creating positive social change, we have compiled our accomplishments for 2018 and our upcoming projects for the year 2019. In 2018, we were named Top Small Employer by the Albany Times Union Top Workplaces Survey. We powered 4,294 approvals on SOAR-assisted initial SSI/SSDI applications, a major achievement. Our hard-working bunch also traveled over 350 times to 47 different states and territories to conduct site visits, provide trainings, and host meetings. View our 2018 Year in Review for more statistics and information.

The Best Practices for Psychiatrists Treating Justice-involved Populations in Community Care project, awarded to Policy Research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, was initiated by the fact that in 2017, 77 percent of U.S. counties reported a severe psychiatrist shortage (Merritt Hawkins, 2017). As the number of psychiatrists diminishes, there are fewer psychiatrists pursuing post-residency fellowships in forensic psychiatry. From the voices of psychiatrists working in the field and those who have experienced incarceration while living with mental illness, this webinar tackled the myths, realities, and best practices for psychiatrists treating justice-involved populations. As part of the complete package, this webinar also included four supporting documents that focused on four special populations: people with co-occurring disorders, those who identify as LGBTQ, transition-age youth, and Veterans.

Policy Research provides intensive technical assistance to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Network to help its sites reduce over-incarceration of individuals with behavioral health disorders. Watch the video to learn more about the Safety and Justice Challenge and how Policy Research’s work has impacted local communities.

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This resource was first shared in 2018.

PRA’s 2018 Year in Review, The Myths, Realities, and Best Practices for Psychiatrists Treating Justice-involved Populations in Community Care, Learn About Our Work with the Safety and Justice Challenge