The August 2021 edition of the Policy Research Associates monthly newsletter included announcements, publications, and the latest posts from the PRA blog. 

This newsletter contained the following headlines: 

  • Maryland Governor Signs Bill into Law Establishing Behavioral Health and Public Safety Center of Excellence 
  • Enhancing Equity: Resources 

In November 2020, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center hosted the State Summit on Behavioral Health and the Justice Systemin coordination with the  Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Marylandled by Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. This state-level strategic planning workshop was designed to inform the work of the state’s Public Safety and Judicial System and Crisis Services subcommittees and to guide targeted legislative appropriations for crisis services and jail diversion. As a result of this statewide strategic planning workshop, Senator Katie Fry Hester and Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, with support from Lieutenant Governor Rutherford, introduced Senate Bill 857/House Bill 1280. This legislation establishes a Behavioral Health and Public Safety Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence will support Maryland communities in reducing the incarceration of individuals with behavioral health needs and providing linkages to treatment.  

Policy Research’s work is rooted in transforming services and systems for individuals and communities through research, technical assistance, training, and policy evaluation. Our work spans the country and honors the diversity of the people we serve. A key piece of that work is recognizing the impact of historical trauma and institutionalized racism. We have assembled resources from our projects to help stakeholders advance equity in their services and create positive social change.  

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