Through our work, we typically tailor resources and publications to the specific needs of our clients. However, much of our work contributes to ongoing discussions and developments in the domains in which we work.
Below are examples of some of our publications.
For nearly 20 years, the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office has provided award-winning holistic legal representation and intervention for youth in the juvenile justice system through its Client Assessment Recommendation and Evaluation (CARE) Project. RDA’s comprehensive evaluation of the project includes an examination of CARE’s impact on client outcomes and recommendations to improve program design, implementation, and service delivery.
Driven by a large body of research, probation departments across the country are under transformation, implementing new strategies and processes including evidence-based practices and community-based services, and placing increased emphasis on rehabilitation and youth development as a means for promoting public safety. As part of RDA’s work with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, this study reviews best practices in probation from across the country.
The purpose of this plan is to describe Yolo County’s Community Program Planning (CPP) process, provide an assessment of the needs identified and prioritized via an inclusive stakeholder process, and the proposed programs and expenditures to support a robust mental health system based in wellness and recovery. It includes an overview of the community planning process, an assessment of mental health needs in Yolo County, and a description of the County’s Mental Health Services Act programs.
In 2011, California’s legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 109, or Public Safety Realignment, in response to overcrowding in the State’s prison system. AB 109 shifted responsibility for incarcerating and supervising certain felony offenders from the State to the county level. The purpose of the evaluation is to enable the Santa Cruz County Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee—as well as the County Departments and contracted service providers that comprise the County’s AB 109 system—to make data-driven decisions about AB 109 services and system coordination in order to support positive client outcomes and reduce recidivism in Santa Cruz County.
This Annual Report provides an overview of AB 109 public safety realignment activities undertaken in Contra County during the 2015/2016 fiscal year. It focuses on understanding the impact of AB 109-funded County departments, divisions, programs, and contracted service providers. Toward this end, this report describes the volume, type of services, and outcomes achieved by the County’s AB 109 partners over the course of the year.
The Merced County Department of Public Health is dedicated to protecting and improving community members’ health and long-term well-being. Developed through an inclusive engagement process that included health care partner agencies and community stakeholders, this Community Health Improvement Plan highlights strategies to address countywide health concerns.
Contra Costa County has designed an Assisted Outpatient treatment (AOT) program model that exceeds legislative requirements and responds to the needs of its communities. The program provides Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services for individuals enrolled in AOT. When implemented to fidelity, ACT produces reliable results for consumers, including decreased negative outcomes, such as hospitalization, incarceration, and homelessness, and improved psychosocial outcomes, such as increased life skills and involvement in meaningful activities. This preliminary report captures the first six months of AOT implementation in the county.
Building off of the assessment of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara’s (HACSC) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, this document helps inform the transition from FSS to HACSC’s new Focus Forward Program (FFP). The FFP brings together data on the strengths and challenges of the HACSC FSS program, best practices in self-sufficiency programming, and components from innovative FSS programs in jurisdictions across the country.
In Santa Clara County’s environment of (a) increased housing costs and homelessness, (b) limited resources, and (c) low rental vacancy, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara had both the opportunity and the mandate to design innovative uses for federal housing assistance funds, including the operation of programs that support economic self-sufficiency such as the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. This report presents an assessment of the FSS program as well as an assessment of benchmarking, research literature, and best practices in self-sufficiency program models.
Region XXIV’s Migrant Education Program in the Lindsay Unified School District serves approximately 1,000 migrant learners each year, representing roughly one-fifth to one-quarter of all learners. This comprehensive needs assessment is part of a statewide effort to understand the strengths and needs of migrant learners. It provides an independent assessment and evaluation of program needs as well as specific recommendations and solutions for improving outcomes for California’s migrant learner population.
Sierra Health Foundation has long invested in the well-being of California’s youth, and in 2012, the foundation launched the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI). PYJI aims to shift juvenile justice practice and policy by supporting California counties to design and implement system-level reforms to improve the health and well-being of crossover youth—youth who have been involved in the child welfare system and who are involved in the juvenile justice system. This evaluation sought not only to advise next steps in PYJI counties, but also to contribute to the juvenile justice field and inform future efforts in California and beyond.
California’s Senate Bill (SB) 1070 prioritizes the provision of career technical education (CTE) at the secondary and post-secondary level as a key workforce and economic development strategy. The SB 1070 Southwest Pathways Consortium is the local regional organizing body for implementation of the legislation in the Southwest Bay Area. RDA worked with this group to support the development of actionable and regionally focused strategies to increase the depth, breadth, and impact of industry participation in CTE programming.
This report that focuses on five areas of inquiry that the County’s African/African Ancestry community identified as most important because of their influence on the health, well-being, and quality of life in their community. These five areas include: the African/African Ancestry community definition of health, wellness, and illness; healthcare access; experiences with the healthcare delivery system; chronic disease; and the effects of racism and discrimination on health.
In 2012, Lake County Behavioral Health (LCBH) Department began the implementation of its Mental Health Services Act Innovation project to recruit and train a diverse committee that would help LCBH to improve its mental health and behavioral health service facilities. This poster, presented at the Each Mind Matters conference, illustrates the participatory evaluation of the project.
The AB 86 North Santa Clara County Student Transition Consortium (STC) encompasses the Foothill-De Anza Community College District service area located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its mission is to coordinate and integrate programs, create linkages, and develop regional plans to better serve the educational needs of adults in the region. This comprehensive plan outlines the consortium’s objectives in accordance with Assembly Bill 86, the Adult Education Consortium Planning Grant. This plan received the highest score in the state.
This report highlights the key priority health issues for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities of Santa Clara County. It is a compilation of data collected through surveys in multiple languages, focused community conversations and interviews with key community stakeholders that encompasses the following areas: general health and healthcare access, sexually transmitted infections and sexual health, social and self-acceptance, mental health and substance use, safety and violence, and social service needs.