The March 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:

  • New Brief: Responding to Individuals in Behavioral Health Crisis via Co-Responder Models
  • New Podcast Series on Mentally Healthy Workplaces
  • New NCYOJ Brief: Caring for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System
  • New Competence to Stand Trial Video Resources
  • PRA in the News
  • Recent Stories from the PRA Blog

Responding to Individuals in Behavioral Health Crisis via Co-Responder Models: The Roles of Cities, Counties, Law Enforcement, and Providers is the first joint product in a series from Policy Research, Inc. and the National League of Cities (NLC). The publication details various co-responder models available to city and county leaders.

PRA Well-Being released a new well-being podcast series. This issue announces the first episode in a four-part series from PRA and the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) on mentally healthy workplaces. In Social Determinants of Health Part 1: Can the Workplace Stand in the Gap?, PRA’s Dr. Crystal L. Brandow interviews WELCOA President Ryan Picarella on topics related to the roles organizations can occupy to support health and wellness for employees, particularly in light of what we know about research on social determinants of health. 

Seventy percent of justice-involved youth have at least one diagnosable mental illness. With 800,000 people under the age of 18 arrested in 2017, a substantial number of youth with behavioral health issues are regularly brought into contact with juvenile justice professionals. Caring for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System, a brief from the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice, offers analyses of this situation and of a training program designed to improve it, the Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice (MHT-JJ). 

In September 2019, stakeholders and service providers from around Washington State came together at a summit to discuss the diversion of people with mental illness from the criminal legal system. These diversion service providers are funded through A.B. v. D.S.H.S. (Trueblood). As part of the settlement, PRA was engaged to assist the Trueblood Court Monitor’s Office, the Trueblood Workgroup, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and other key stakeholders. Among other efforts in this engagement, PRA facilitated September’s Trueblood Diversion Services Summit. To share the lessons learned, promising practices, and recommendations stemming from this event, PRA has released a suite of seven videos.

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