Each year, millions of people cycle through local jails, hospitals, and housing assistance services. According to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), this cycle can lead to poor health and life outcomes for affected individuals, and it can also be costly for these public institutions. To study these challenges, LJAF has issued a request for proposals (PDF link) for researchers who wish to study programs aimed at helping people who cycle through the criminal justice, health care, and social service systems in their communities.
The request for proposals reads:
“LJAF is interested in proposals to evaluate established approaches such as crisis intervention teams, assertive community treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, short-term mental health crisis stabilization programs, and programs incorporating a Housing First approach. LJAF also seeks proposals to assess promising new models. The proposed trials should be designed to measure outcomes such as decreases in arrest or recidivism rates; reductions in emergency room visits and hospitalizations; better health; greater housing stability; and improved economic well-being.”
Psychological scientists who wish to submit a proposal should send a three-page letter of interest to DDJRFP@arnoldfoundation.org by October 1, 2017. For more information, please read LJAF’s press release or the request for proposals (PDF link).
LJAF’s larger mission and strategy include improving efficiency and transparency in society. Through grants to the Center for Open Science, LJAF also helps support some of APS’s initiatives to improve scientific reproducibility, including APS’s Registered Replication Reports.