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

This newsletter contained the following headlines:

  • The Link Provides Community With Ready Early Diversion Services for People Experiencing Behavioral Health Crises
  • ARDRAW Announces Fifth Research Cohort
  • The MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Behavioral Health-Focused Expansion, the IMPACT Network, Announces Members

The Link is a community Triage Center in Sioux Falls, SD that opened in June of 2021 and has already seen success in helping individuals experiencing behavioral health crises. Individuals can walk in voluntarily to receive services, while others are brought in by first responders or law enforcement. The Link was conceptualized through a systems mapping and planning process facilitated by Policy Research, with initial funding from a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge Grant and continued support from the South Dakota Department of Social Services Division of Behavioral Health.

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Analyzing the Relationship Between Disability, Rehabilitation, and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program has selected fifteen graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability. This year marks the fifth cohort to be awarded to students from universities all over the United States. Each student will research their own individual topic, each of which has been reviewed by teams of researchers from Policy Research, Inc., partner universities, and SSA reviewed students’ proposals on a range of criteria, including relevance to SSA’s programs and policies, research methodology, and feasibility.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the formation of a behavioral health-focused expansion of its Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) called the SJC IMPACT Network. Participating cities and counties of the SJC IMPACT Network will focus on community interventions that achieve both public health and public safety goals to minimize the number of people with behavioral health conditions in the criminal justice system, including community-driven race-conscious solutions to reduce harm to populations overrepresented in, or disparately impacted by, the criminal justice system.

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