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

This newsletter contained the following headlines:

  • Quarterly Impact: April to June 2021
  • PRA Celebrates National Recovery Month
  • Policy Research Releases Safe Messaging GIFs to Honor Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  • PRA Staff Author New Article in Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Spotlight: SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Center

Policy Research is pleased to release its impact report for quarter 2 of 2021. Each quarter, Policy Research publishes an impact report highlighting our work across the country via our technical assistance centers, projects, and fee-for-service activities. Highlights of the March-to-June reporting period include the following:

  • Reached 10,424 people through 36 large virtual meetings and events
  • Hosted 27 trainings, training 2,383 people
  • Facilitated 29 site and technical assistance visits with 435 attendees
  • Helped facilitate the change of 13 policies and practices

Read the full quarter 2 impact report for our highlights.

PRA previously developed a suite of free-to-use icons which portray various aspects of suicide prevention. Building off of these icons, they have now been developed into animated GIFs. Concepts addressed in the GIFs are identifying people at risk for suicide, recognizing suicidal ideation, increasing help-seeking behavior, creating safety plans, responding to a crisis, providing postvention services, linking to care, enhancing protective factors, and promoting connectedness. These GIFs are free and open to public use, and we encourage dissemination for anyone interested.

An article co-authored by Policy Research, Inc. staff members was recently published in Criminal Justice and Behavior. “Evaluating Fairness of Algorithmic Risk Assessment Instruments: The Problem With Forcing Dichotomies,” from authors Samantha Zottola, PhD, and Sarah L. Desmarais, PhD, examines pretrial risk assessment error and accuracy indicators. Through their analysis, the authors illustrate how conclusions regarding the fairness of pretrial risk assessments are affected by the limitations of error and accuracy indicators.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC) delivers training on housing and treatment models focused on adults, children, and families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness who have serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Throughout the past year, HHRC has released high-quality tools and resources to the field, including an online course, a toolkit, and several webinars with on-demand recordings available.

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This resource was first shared in 2021.