The Public Policy Committee

Public Policy Committee Mission

To encourage two-way communication between community psychologists and policy makers; to collaborative relations with other groups to work on policy activities; to assure that the exencourage   periential and empirical knowledge base of community psychology is used to make substantive contributions to contemporary policy debates at the state and federal levels; to create opportunities for training; and to encourage academicians and others who lack policy experiences to familiarize themselves with the policy process through both traditional (classroom, conferences) and field-based (internship/externship) training experiences. 

SCRA's Public Policy Small Grants program supports ongoing efforts to increase alternatives to incarceration

Daniel Cooper and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon are working to increase awareness of alternatives to incarceration in Chicago, Illinois, and they were recipients of a grant from the Public Policy Small Grants program. "We hand out harsh sentences for all types of offenses. We give these sentences, overwhelmingly, to Chicagoans who live in our segregated, low-income neighborhoods." "Justice Reinvestment is an approach that identifies key drivers of state incarceration rates, and develops practical solutions to reduce or altogether eliminate those drivers." Read more about their work at the website Chicago's Million Dollar Blocks project.

SCRA Adopts Policy Statement on Recovery Houses

SCRA is pleased to announce the adoption of our first public policy statement, The Role of Recovery Residences in Promoting Long-term Addiction Recovery. Recovery Residences are lower cost, community-based residential environments that require abstinence from substance use and abuse. The Society of Community Research and Action has developed, with the executive, advocacy and research committees of the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR), a policy statement on the value of recovery residences in the United States.

The video below features Leonard Jason discussing the collaboration between DePaul University and Oxford House, a non-profit organization that supports recovery houses. 

On This Site

Policy Position Statements 

Position statements are one means SCRA uses to communicate its perspective on pressing social issues and matters of public health and well-being. The goal of such statements is to provide clear, succinct summaries of scientific research and accumulated knowledge from practice accompanied by recommendations to policy makers and the general public.

Statement on Recovery Residences

Rapid Response Actions

The purpose of this process is to provide a mechanism for SCRA, as an organization, to evaluate and potentially adopt public stances or action plans on public policy issues of a time sensitive nature. Since policy issues are often of immediate concern, this procedure is written to ensure the opportunity for a quick response by the organization.

Resolution on Self-Help Support Groups

Policy Small Grant Program

To encourage and support public policy work by its members and to benefit communities, SCRA has initiated a small grants program.

Getting Involved in Policy

Resources on how to contact legislatures and be an effective advocate.

Topic Areas

Briefing statements, fact sheets, pamphlets, and other materials related to important policy issues.

Additional Resources

Fellowships and internships, course syllabi, books, and much more.

Contact Information

For more information about the Policy Committee, please contact the committee chair: Jean Hill at publicpolicy@scra27.org

If you have questions about the Policy Committee webpage, or have materials that could be posted on this webpage, please contact Mike Brubacher at brubacher54@yahoo.com

Committee meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 3:30pm Eastern. Meetings are held by conference call and everyone is welcome to attend.