The July 2020 edition of the Policy Research Associates’ monthly newsletter included announcements, publications, and the latest posts from the PRA blog.

This newsletter contains the following headlines:

  • Reserve Your Copy of the Take Charge! Workbook
  • New Release: Recommendations for Trueblood Sites
  • Honoring BIPOC Mental Health Month

PRA Well-Being announced the latest addition to its portfolio, Take Charge! A Workbook to Enhance Well-Being With the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. This workbook is designed to offer individuals a self-paced, guided exploration of each of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. With space for responding to written prompts and even coloring, this workbook creates an opportunity for users to get curious about their own wellness strengths and barriers and create action plans for improving personal well-being.

In 2018, PRA was engaged to work with the Washington State Trueblood Court Monitor’s Office, Trueblood Workgroup, and other key stakeholders to guide strategic planning to address court compliance priorities in the competence-to-stand-trial process. Through this work, PRA has provided technical assistance to 15 diversion services programs in Washington State funded by the Trueblood class-action lawsuit settlement. Trueblood enforces a person’s constitutional right to timely competence evaluation and restoration services. In working with these 15 diversion services programs, PRA developed a set of nine recommendations for communities interested in enhancing their competence evaluation, restoration, and jail diversion and reentry processes. These recommendations have been released to the field in a two-page fact sheet.

To commemorate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month this July, Policy Research has assembled resources suitable for policymakers, behavioral health providers, and the general public. These selected resources provide an overview of the unique mental health needs of BIPOC, the impact of adverse community experiences and toxic stress, and how to ensure that behavioral health interventions are culturally relevant and appropriate for BIPOC communities.

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This resource was first shared in 2020.

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