Policy Assessment and Analysis
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.
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
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.