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 2 (April to June) of 2019. During this period, PRA had over 4.5k virtual event attendees at our 63 virtual events. We offered 23 trainings, with a combined number of 1,319, participants. Our work and projects influenced 14 policy and practice changes as well. The impact report includes the following highlights.

  • To celebrate their brand transition and to better serve stakeholders, the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice launched a redesigned website. The critical component of the redesigned website is a streamlined resource library, which allows visitors to easily access NCYOJ’s database of publications, podcasts, videos, and toolkits. The enhanced Trainer Network also provides certified trainers with the tools they need to deliver NCYOJ’s trainings.
  • In April, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center and the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge hosted a Policy Academy that encouraged partnership development between states and local jurisdictions to identify best practices and develop strategies for diverting people with mental and substance use disorders out of the criminal justice system and into community-based treatment. Sessions emphasized diverting and treating people with opioid and other substance use disorders and financing strategies to access state and federal funding for programs, services, and supports.
  • SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance Center convened the Coming Together for SMVF: Rural Community Approaches to Suicide Prevention conference in April. The conference supported participating Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge teams to further develop their strategic action plans with a focus on rural challenges and opportunities.

This resource was first shared in 2019.