The September 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:

  • PRA Celebrates Recovery Month
  • October is National Disability Awareness Month
  • Strategies to Promote Walking Among Community-Dwelling Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

During Recovery Month we, along with our partners, work to raise awareness and understanding of behavioral health conditions and celebrate the people who recover. 2018’s Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” To celebrate this year’s Recovery Month theme, Policy Research has assembled three videos from three of our topical areas: homelessness, juvenile justice, and criminal justice. Each video provides an overview of recovery supports that can be put in place to enhance an individual’s recovery journey.

Each October we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), organized by the U.S. Department of Labor. NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and provides education about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. In celebration of 2018’s NDEAM, we are highlighting employment resources from the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center to help start conversations about working while receiving SSA disability benefits.

Senior Project Associate Dr. Crystal Brandow—in collaboration with Drs. Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Rutgers Health University Behavioral Health Care; Patricia Nemec, Nemec Consulting, Rutgers University; and Amy Spagnolo, Rutgers University—published the paper, Strategies to Promote Walking Among Community-Dwelling Individuals with Major Mental Disorders in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. The paper summarizes select walking interventions for people with mental conditions and highlights strategies that service providers can use to encourage walking among people served by the public mental health system.

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PRA Celebrates Recovery Month, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Publication: Strategies to Promote Walking Among Community-Dwelling Individuals with Mental Health Conditions