Policy Assessment and Analysis
CRP's skilled staff and experts engage community organizations, policy makers and government entities in a dynamic process of assessment and analysis of society's problems to create new paradigms and effect strategies that will promote sustained growth. Policy studies will involve the research of specific population profiles that may include cultural, developmental and gender perspectives. CRP engages constituents in an interactive dialogue in roundtables and focus groups to create a real time perspective guided by factors such as incidence, prevalence and impact. Position papers are developed that examine gaps, trends and cross-sector analysis creating opportunities for collaboration and growth. Data are compiled that support research and prevailing thinking on various topics. Critical thinking and further scientific inquiry are stimulated and promoted. Forums are created on various cross-cutting themes in the fields of health and social policy generating a rich dialogue of seminal thinking that will shape future developments. Innovation is inspired and generated to influence organizations that are transitioning from practice to knowledge. Policy statements are widely disseminated through social marketing strategies to create positive outcomes in health care, education, social welfare, research/evaluation and systems development, utilizing what we know to be the best evidence of what works.
Samples of Work
Samples of Work
CRP Supports SAMHSA in the Development of Congressional Report on Underage Drinking
CRP Incorporated ( CRP) managed the development and writing of a new report on underage drinking recently delivered to Congress by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report, Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking (May 2011), advances SAMHSA's leadership role in addressing this serious public health issue that significantly affects young people under the age of 21. Underage drinking and associated problems have profound negative consequences for underage drinkers, their families, communities, and society as a whole.
In response to health risks associated with underage drinking, states are increasingly adopting comprehensive policies and practices to alter the individual and environmental factors that contribute to underage drinking and its consequences; these can be expected to reduce alcohol-related death and disability and associated health care costs. CRP worked with its partners, CDM and the Madrillon Group, in planning, executing a state survey, and preparing the report, which is required annually by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in response to the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (the "STOP Act"). The report outlines the Federal government's role in addressing the problem and describes each state's performance in enacting, enforcing, and creating laws, regulations, and programs to prevent or reduce underage drinking. The report, in particular, highlights 17 underage drinking prevention policies aimed at reducing youth access to alcohol and youth involvement in drinking and driving. The policy summaries outline each policy's key components, the status of the policies across the 50 States and the District of Columbia, and trends over time in the adoption of the policies. The policies are organized by three categories: laws addressing minors in possession of alcohol, laws targeting underage drinking and driving, and laws targeting alcohol suppliers.
Since 2006, CRP has been an important partner in helping to implement Town Hall Meetings (THMs) and other efforts to combat underage drinking by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), within SAMHSA. In 2006, CRP issued 1,400 stipends of $1,000 each to coalitions, organizations, and grantees eligible to conduct a THM on underage drinking. In 2008, we issued stipends of $500 to an estimated 1,500 local communities. The THMs convene community leaders, parents, teenagers, educators, parents, law enforcement and others to raise awareness of the devastating impact of underage drinking on youth and on the economy. One of CRP's public health/science writers prepared the 2007 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking, a science-based call to join a national effort to address underage drinking early, continuously, and in the context of human development.
For the full Congressional report on underage drinking, visit SAMHSA's Web site: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Report-to-Congress-on-the-Prevention-and-Reduction-of-Underage-Drinking/SMA11-4645
Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions
Revised January 2009-Guidance Document for the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Program
CRP's HIV/AIDS study prepared for DC public schools, which had broad policy implications;
AIDS – An Extensive Study (with Executive Summary)
The Iraq-SAMHSA monograph on the first cohort;
SAMHSA Conference on Trauma and Behavioral Health: Lessons Learned From the First Cohort of the Iraqi-SAMHSA Initiative
CRP's seminal reports to Congress on underage drinking for SAMSHA/CSAP
A Comprehensive Plan for Preventing and Reducing Underage Drinking
The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking
CDC monograph on the integration of cultural competence into HIV/AIDS prevention programming;
Cultural Competence for Providing Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Training for
HIV Prevention Programs
SAMSHA/CSAP Prevention and wellness pilot listening sessions
(Full reports may be obtained by contacting CRP.)
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA). CRP facilitated the Social Security Administration's (SSA) establishment of an evidence-base that will provide a reference in the development of policy that will inform Drug Addiction and Alcohol (DAA) materiality determinations when a disabled individual has a substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental disorder. SSA's objective was to determine if there are situations where it is possible to separate the functional limitations resulting from DAA from those resulting from a co-occurring mental disorder. CRP convened, for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an expert panel to provide guidance to the SSA on the development of an evidence-based medical policy. The results of the activities provided the expert opinion that allowed the SSA to clarify its policy with regard to DAA and co-occurring mental disorders.