Each quarter, Policy Research publishes an impact report that highlights our work across the country via our technical assistance centers, projects, and fee-for-service activities. This impact report covers Quarter 1 (January to March) of 2019. During this period, over 3.7k individuals attended our 13 virtual events, while a combined 959 participants joined the 16 trainings we provided. Through these and other efforts, our work and projects influenced five policy and practice changes in the communities with which we collaborate.

The Quarter 1 impact report features several exciting developments at Policy Research, including the launch of PRA Well-Being’s new Well-Being and Wellness resources webpage. This new virtual resource hub makes PRA’s wellness-related tools, resources, and trainings accessible to the field on demand. Visitors can access podcasts, animated videos, fact sheets, journal articles, workbooks, and more, on topics ranging from the Eight Dimensions of Wellness to key strategies for promoting the well-being of individuals with serious mental illness.

This impact report also highlights an article written by PRA staff that was published in the January/February 2019 issue of American Jails Magazine, promoting reentry success through income supports and the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model. The article, Promoting Reentry Success Through Increased Access to Social Security Benefits, explores how jails across the United States are implementing the SOAR model to connect individuals reentering the community who are at risk of homelessness to income supports.

Finally, the Quarter 1 report puts the spotlight on a change to local practices in Alamogordo, New Mexico, a Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Initiative Law Enforcement and Community: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Model Program site. Since beginning its work with PRA staff through this project, the city has implemented a new practice to enhance the safety of individuals experiencing a mental health crisis as well as that of responding law enforcement officers. Officers on the scene now call the Crisis Intervention Team mental health lead to assist them in determining whether an individual should be brought directly to behavioral health treatment services or detention.

This resource was first shared in 2019.