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Policies and Legislation to Pay Attention To in 2019

The policy landscape is always evolving, presenting new challenges and opportunities to improve our public systems and the lives of the people they serve. We are building on our work from last year and are excited to be part of many new efforts and programs on the horizon. Here are some policies and legislation we think may have a big impact on our clients and the great work they do.

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From Policy to Practice: Part 4 – Health

In 2018, many of our partners laid foundational plans for improving health care access and service to vulnerable members of their communities. Here is how we are supporting our partners in Napa and Del Norte Counties to address their local health needs.

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From Policy to Practice: Part 3 – Justice

During 2018, many of our clients rolled up their sleeves to drive justice system policy and reform. Here is a look into our work with Los Angeles and Santa Cruz Counties to improve outcomes for justice-involved and justice-impacted people in their communities. Improving Outcomes for Justice-Impacted Youth in Los Angeles A Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention…

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From Policy to Practice: Part 2 – Education & Workforce Development

In 2018, many of our clients committed to increase opportunity for vulnerable populations through innovative education and workforce programs. Here is a look into our work with Los Angeles Unified School District and Contra Costa County to secure funding and collaborate to make these programs possible.

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From Policy to Practice: Part 1 – Behavioral Health

In 2018, many of our behavioral health agency clients took on the challenge to increase treatment access and quality among the most vulnerable and under-served members of their communities. Here is a look into work that helped position Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties to accomplish their goals.

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Realizing the Promise of Prop 47 Community Justice Reinvestment

Approved by California voters in November 2014, Proposition (Prop) 47 reclassified certain nonviolent, non-serious drug and property felonies to misdemeanors and generated millions of dollars in state savings.

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RDA Welcomes David Onek as Justice Practice Director

Resource Development Associates is thrilled to welcome long-time criminal justice reformer David Onek as Justice Practice Director. A graduate of Stanford Law School and Brown University, David comes to RDA with extensive leadership experience in government and nonprofits.

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The Best Behaviors of Leaders

At RDA, we stand committed to developing leadership from within the organization and insuring that leadership is shared to create what Craig Pierce describes as the “dynamic, interactive influence necessary to achieve organizational goals.”

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Changing Organizational Culture

Organizational culture is the embodied values, principles, and practices underlying the social fabric of a business, agency, or any organization. Culture permeates our actions and connects stakeholders to each other and to the organization’s purpose, people, and processes. Positive and high functioning organizational cultures promote caring, inclusiveness, trust, and effective communication among all team members and stakeholders.

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A Civil Society

In 1996, I was fortunate to travel to the Czech Republic with a small group of professors and graduate students. We were guests of Charles University, which arranged for us to meet with a wide variety of NGOs and local government officials in our capacity as organizational development professionals. Only now do I begin to recognize the significance of what I was observing.

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Measuring Justice System Effectiveness: Looking Beyond Recidivism

By Ardavan Davaran, Ph.D. Recidivism is considered by probation and parole systems to be the primary measure of their own effectiveness, as well as the effectiveness of reentry services, which can include services such as mental health, substance use, employment, education, and housing, among others. However, justice reform scholars and reformists Jeffrey A. Butts and…

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Organizational Culture

Every organization has a culture. Peter Drucker, considered the father of the field of organizational development, once said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” In other words, culture is much more powerful than the best laid strategy in achieving organizational success.

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Collaborative Approach to Children’s Mental Health

By John Cervetto, M.S.W. In 2011, the passage of California Assembly Bill 114 realigned the responsibility of providing Education Related Mental Health Services from county mental health departments to Local Education Agencies.  While this bill recognized the importance of local control of special education funds by school districts, the realignment of funds has resulted in…

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Creating Resilient Organizations

I have always been fascinated with the parallels between understanding human beings and describing the complexity of organizations, and how like in people, we can foster healthy organizations through mindfulness. A mindful organization is one that adopts cultural norms that promote positive communication practices in groups, between individuals, and especially during times of conflict.

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Opportunities to Advance California’s Public Mental Health Workforce

By Kevin Wu, M.P.H. California’s public mental health system (PMHS) is the largest in the Country, and its foundation is the PMHS workforce, which strives to provide high quality services that meet the needs of consumers. In 2016-17, the Office of Statewide Planning and Development (OSHPD) sought to better understand the future of PMHS workforce…