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

This newsletter features the following headlines:

  • PRI Publishes Research Papers from ARDRAW’s First Cohort
  • Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth
  • Using the Sequential Intercept Model to Guide Local Reform
  • Events and Webinars
  • Recent Stories from the PRA Blog

PRA’s sister non-profit, Policy Research, Inc. (PRI), is proud to announce the publication of research papers from the first cohort of the Social Security Administration’s Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation, and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program. Topics explored within the first cohort include barriers to employment for blind and visually impaired people; the impact of disability on labor force participation; health, employment, and disability for individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and chronic physical health conditions; and development and validation of the Career Resilience for Adults with Disabilities Scale.

Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth (CIT-Y) is a youth-focused crisis training for law enforcement officers to help them understand and identify adolescent development and mental health issues. It connects police officers to community leaders and services within their communities to know what resources exist when they encounter troubling behavior from youth that doesn’t require an arrest. The training also serves as a level of prevention, as officers build relationships with people and their families in their communities. Interested in learning more? Contact our training department for more information on how CIT-Y can keep youth safe in their communities.

A new case study—produced by the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center and PRA Senior Project Associate Travis Parker, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge—examines how three communities used the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) to advance justice reform efforts, including their planning processes and objectives. The study, Using the Sequential Intercept Model to Guide Local Reform, explores stakeholder reflections on the process and lessons learned, including the importance of neutral facilitators, a diverse and representative group involved in the mapping process, and preparation and education around the SIM.

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